New startup establishes ‘T-commerce’

A startup company launched today, Chirpify, allows users to buy and sell products using their Twitter accounts, officially establishing ‘t-commerce.’ The Portland-based company has teamed up with popular middleman PayPal to ensure fast and secure transactions.

 Not only can you buy products from your favorite companies, you can donate money to campaigns or charities. Chirpify users can complete their purchases by tweeting “@companyname Buy” or “@campaign Donate.” Chirpify users can also make transactions between individuals.

 I can imagine this feature could become a convenient way to repay the friend who buys lunch the day you left your wallet at home. Though, PowerBar is the only company on Chirpify so far, it will be interesting to see if this Twitter platform will make a lot of noise (chirping?).

 Online shopping via Twitter makes me a little uneasy, but as long as I knew it was secure I would try it out. Will you be adding chirps to your tweets? Or do you prefer more traditional online shopping?

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