EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 2897 - September 21, 2012     2 of 3

Chirpify Lets You Tweet Your Money away Thanks to PayPal

By Julia Wilkinson

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Chirpify, which allows individuals and companies to sell on Twitter, announced Direct Payments, a way for Twitter users to pay each other by mentioning them directly in a tweet.

The Direct Payments service offers two ways users can pay friends, family or local businesses. One is to type: "Pay @username $amount for (reason)." "By adding the word "Pay" in front of the username, this payment type will be public to all of your followers," according to Chirpify in an emailed announcement.

Chirpify also offers a private way to make a payment, which was requested by Chirpify users. With this method, a user would delete the word "pay" in front of the username they are sending money to, e.g., "@username $amount for (reason)." "By deleting "pay," only users who follow both you and the person you paid will see the payment," according to Chirpify.

An example shows Chirpify's CEO giving $2 to their developer for building the new feature:

Chirpify payments are handled by PayPal, which offers users $0 Liability for Eligible Unauthorized transactions and refunds for incorrect transactions.

"Chirpify is a great example of the unique, innovative products and services that are made available by PayPal's open API," said a PayPal spokesperson. "We're thrilled to enable new kinds of commerce and look forward to continuing to support innovation in the space."

Another example of a company that allows people to use PayPal to pay others using Twitter is Tweet-a-beer at http://tweet-a-beer.com/.

Chirpify had announced earlier this year its Twitter Commerce for Digital Content platform, which enables musicians to sell digital music or concert tickets on Twitter. Recently, the band Green Day used the platform to sell their new song, "Let Yourself Go," directly to their fans. Fans on Twitter could purchase the song by replying to Green Day's listing with "buy." The band had 250 reply "buys" in the first 4 hours (i.e., one every 55 seconds), according to Donny Schell of VOXUS PR on behalf of Chirpify.

If a user attempts to send money to a non-Chirpify member, Chirpify will automatically reply to that user to ask them to sign up. "As soon as they complete signing up, they will receive the transaction. The money will not pull from your account until they sign up," according to Chirpify.

About the Author
Julia Wilkinson is the author of "The eBay Price Guide" (No Starch Press, 2006) and "eBay Top 100 Simplified Tips & Tricks" (Wiley, 2004-6). Her free "Yard Salers" newsletter is at available at YardSalers.net where you will also find her latest ebook, Flip It Again.


About the author:

Julia Wilkinson is the author of "The eBay Price Guide" (No Starch Press, 2006) and "eBay Top 100 Simplified Tips & Tricks" (Wiley, 2004-6). Her free "Yard Salers" newsletter is at available at YardSalers.net where you will also find her latest ebook, Flip It Again.


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