if you needed any more proof that social networks are quickly entering the realm of mobile, peer-to-peer payments, then you need not look further than this latest partnership.
The world’s second largest social network, Twitter, has partnered with France’s second largest bank – Groupe BPCE – to essentially allow users to transfer money through their tweets.
BPCE made an announcement last month, saying that they will be partnering with Twitter in a new mobile payment service, but that details of how the service will work will all be revealed when it is launched.
And today is that day. At a press conference this morning, the social giant and the bank unveiled how their new service ill work and what it means for French Twitter users.
Firstly, the new service will tie in with BPCE’s existing mobile payment system called S-Money. Before the Twitter integration, S-Money allowed users to send money to their peers via text message. Now that service is essentially getting an upgrade with the Twitter integration.
The service is currently only available for users with French cellphone numbers and bank accounts, but is not limited to those who have a bank account with BPCE. (more…)
By the looks of things, Twitter may be going beyond simply being a social network. Recent moves by the company strongly indicates that they are looking to add an e-commerce option to their line-up.
This past week, a couple of Twitter users reported seeing a new option in their Twitter settings menu. The ‘payments and shipping’ option appeared on the settings menu in Twitter’s Android app.
While the option was there, it was not yet functional. Users reported that they could not open or activate the function, but it didn’t seem to disappear either.
Could this be a foreshadowing of what Twitter is planning? Probably. Twitter regularly test new features and functions on a select few users before a full scale roll out.
And this latest report isn’t the first indication that Twitter is seriously considering a move into e-commerce. (more…)
The 2014 FIFA World Cup was certainly one to remember. Besides the fact that it was held in Brazil, the undisputed home of football, the tournament offered some amazing high’s and shocking low’s.
It’s natural then that World Cup cause quite a stir on social media – a record breaking stir, in fact.
The World Cup seemed to dominate conversation on two of the world’s biggest social networks. The event broke records on both Facebook and Twitter as the world became consumed with soccer-madness.
This year’s World Cup final is officially the most talked about sporting event on Facebook, ever. According to data released by Facebook, Sunday’s final generated a lot of interaction on the site.
88 million people interacted with the site – and they did that 280 million times. This is in the form of posts, comments and likes. It broke the previous record, which centered around last year’s Superbowl in the US. (more…)
With the 2014 FIFA World Cup drawing to a close on Sunday with the epic final between Argentina and Germany, you can make a memorable contribution to whichever team you’re supporting – all thanks to Twitter and the Archdiocese in Rio De Janeiro.
While its easy for you to dress in the colours of either Argentina or Germany on Sunday, it probably won’t make as much of an impact as seeing on the world’s most famous statues ‘dressed’ in the colours of either Argentina or Germany.
And that’s exactly what Twitter wants to do.
Twitter, with the help of the Archdiocese in Rio that manages the famous Christ the Redeemer statue, will give football fans across the globe the chance to have the iconic landmark be lit up in either blue and white Argentinian colours or the black, red and yellow of Germany. (more…)
Last night’s World Cup 2014 semi-final between Brazil and Germany was unlike anything we have ever seen before. It almost felt unreal, as Germany absolutely destroyed Brazil and in the process, broke 200 million Brazilian hearts.
But besides breaking hearts and (hopes and dreams), this historical game also broke many a record, including becoming the most tweeted sports game ever.
Some are calling it one of the biggest disasters in football history, as the Germans completely crushed the host nation 7 – 1 in the first of this year’s semi-final matches. And while the Brazilians lost terribly, it was clearly a win for Germany – and Twitter.
Not surprising, the previous record for the most tweeted sports game ever also involved Brazil at this year’s World Cup. When Brazil took on Chile on the 28th of June, it was a nail biting finale as the game ended in the dreaded penalty shoot-outs.
This game racked up an astonishing 16.4 million tweets. However, last night’s unbelievable game more than doubled that of the Brazil, Chile game. Amidst Brazilian humiliation, their shocking loss racked up 35.6 million tweets – officially making it the most tweeted sports game in history. (more…)
Twitter certainly took their time to include one of the most asked for features to their social streams. The GIF support argument has been raging for years with users not understanding why Twitter simply don’t allow them to function properly.
The feature is now available on the web, iOS and Android. You’ll be able to watch a GIF in your timeline by clicking a play button that shows up on the image.
As humans, most of us have an intense fascination with space. Wondering what is ‘out there’ and what our planet looks like from ‘way up there’ has always captured the interest of many. Unfortunately, not everyone will have the opportunity to go to space – this special journey is only reserved for astronauts.
However, thanks to various technologies and clever designs, we can see what Earth looks like from space, and now for the first time ever, an astronaut has brought a view from space to a place where a lot of people spend a lot of their time: social media.
Astronaut Reid Wiseman has just released the most epic Vine video ever; a time-lapse video of a single orbit around the Earth from the International Space Station. (more…)
Rumours in the tech sector are popping up faster than startups in Silicon Valley. However, if this latest rumour turns out to be true, it could dramatically affect the future of Twitter.
According to tech website, Re/code, social networking giant, Twitter, might be looking in to buying popular music streaming service SoundCloud.
Re/code claim their sources are ‘people familiar with both companies’ and that the initial phase of setting up a deal is underway.
SoundCloud, which is based in Berlin, is one of the world’s most popular music streaming services. The site allows users to upload and share audio files; whether it’s famous singers, DJ’s or bands or underground indie artists – SoundCloud provides a platform for them to distribute their music. (more…)