Do you have people in your life you don't see often enough and want to let them know you're thinking of them? Are you running late to meet someone for coffee and want to make sure he's not mad at you and caffeinated when you get there?
Are you generous but lazy?
It's basically the Oprah of coffee promotions.
Coffee does not magically appear in your tweetees' hands, of course. (Yeah, we were bummed too.) Your tweet sends them a link. When they click on it, they get their $5 Starbucks gift card.
Now the point of this, of course, is marketing (and, in turn, selling coffee), so you will have to connect your Starbucks and Twitter accounts to facilitate the manifestation of your tweets into real-life coffee beverages.
After that, just tweet @tweetacoffee to @yourfriendstwitterhandle. The remaining 140 characters are yours to fill.
For the time being, however, you will have to keep your java largesse to your U.S.-based friends. Tweetacoffee is not available overseas at this point.
Bonus! If you're one of the first 100,000 people to @tweetacoffee to a friend before November 6, you too will receive a $5 Starbucks gift card. Because, while it might be better to give than to receive, there's no saying you can't do both.
If you're the type of person who learns better through visual aids, never fear. Starbucks has put together this handy video to explain it all:
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