Facebook Payments Operation Could Rival Paypal


facebook_small.jpgADOTAS – As it aims for a larger slice of the virtual goods pie and possibly step on PayPal’s turf, Facebook has put up notice that it is building a “payments operation” team and looking for a strategist and a payment and risks specialist.

According to the classified, the payment operations team will monitor and report on all money coming into Facebook:
“Projects driven by Payment Operations team members will potentially contribute millions of dollars to Facebook’s business, as well as enable the company to scale and expand its operations in the coming years.”

Estimates from Business Insider show Facebook’s gift store brought in $75 million last year. Users playing popular social games like Farmville purchase many of their virtual goods through intermediaries such as PayPal; Facebook stands to make serious gains by taking a larger portion of that businesses. Virtual goods in developer Crowdstar’s new game Happy Island can only be bought through Facebook.

However, a long-term goal appears to be setting up a system that would rival PayPal, allowing users to buy goods and services from third-party e-cmmerce sites. Facebook Connect allows users to register accounts on third-party sites.

To buoy the growing importance of payments, last summer Facebook brought on Prashant Fuloria, who helped run Google Checkout, and Ivan Kirigin, an engineer from payments startup TipJoy.


  1. PayPal’s co-founder, Peter Thiel, invested a half a million dollars in baby-Facebook. PayPal just came out with an API. I would imagine PayPal’s API being put to good use in Facebook.

    PayPal’s CEO John Donahoe’s message was strong, telling developers that the future of the PayPal business is in their hands. He continued by saying “Working together, we will unleash the next wave of payments invasion that you, the developer community will create. We (PayPal) will enable it thought our platform and millions of consumers and businesses will benefit.”



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