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Twitter for credit card purchases unveiled

17 December 2009  |  17225 views  |  1 credit card

Blippy, a service that automatically publishes users' credit card transaction details online, has launched in invitation-only beta.

Users can link a card, as well as accounts at outlets like iTunes and Amazon, to the Blippy site, which then automatically provides a Twitter-style stream of purchases.

The transaction details include the name of the person, how much they spent and where. For Amazon and iTunes purchases it also shows what was bought.

Others can then follow the stream and, as with Twitter, participants can choose to make their purchases private or public.

In an interview with the New York Times, co-founder Philip Kaplan says that as  most people have several credit cards, one of these can be connected to the site as a "social card".

This can then be used to provide friends with information on what you are buying and where you are automatically, without needing to tweet, a concept Kaplan calls "passive sharing".

A feature expected to be added soon will let Blippy automatically update Twitter and Facebook when its users transact.

Introducing a Twitter for Credit Card Purchases - New York Times

Comments: (1)

Ainsley Ward
Ainsley Ward - CGI - Toronto 18 December, 2009, 10:08

@ainsley has just bought an iphone

@ainsley has just bought a Sony 50inch LCD TV

@ainsley has just paid for a hotel room and champagne

@ainsley has just been burgled

@ainsley has to explain to his wife about the hotel room

@ainsley has to explain all of the above to the taxman

It's a neat idea and an innovative link between payments and social networking. I hope that this is a catalyst for something useful like linking it to the expenses accounts of MPs so that everything they submit is public:

@primeminister has expensed his stair carpet for constituency property

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