Starbucks Tweetacoffee: Give the Gift of Caffeine Over Twitter (Video)

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?

Starbucks has the answer to your coffee-sharing woes. You can now @Tweetacoffee at someone -- and if you act fast, you too could get a free coffee.

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:

You can contact Rebecca Dittmar, Arts & Culture Editor at [email protected].

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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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