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Soon, bill payments through Twitter

  • Twitter users in India may soon
    be able to pay bills though the micro-blogging site,
    Techcrunch reported.
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  • The company has
    announced a partnership with India-based startup Lookup to enable users to send
    a direct message to @lookuplite in order to book appointments, inquire about

    • Twitter users in India may soon
      be able to pay bills though the micro-blogging site,
      Techcrunch reported.
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    • The company has
      announced a partnership with India-based startup Lookup to enable users to send
      a direct message to @lookuplite in order to book appointments, inquire about
      services and make transactions with businesses, the report said.
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    • Lookup lets retailers
      and consumers chat with each other through direct messaging. It boasts of 1.2
      million registered users despite listing merchants from Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru.
    •  
    • Currently, users can
      buy directly within the social network thorough Twitter’s ‘Buy’ button.
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    • In the new
      arrangement, orders and payments would be fulfilled separately and offline with
      Twitter simply facilitating the conversation. Lookup will use Twitter’s API, as
      well as its monitoring capabilities, to handle connecting the customer to the
      prospective merchant, according to the report.
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    • Instead of connecting
      users through phone numbers, Lookup instead uses Google Maps to give users a
      view of all the retailers in their area.
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    • “Basically we act like
      a I want it right now button,” Lookup founder and CEO Deepak Ravindran told
      TechCrunch. There have been orders for
      high-end goods like iPads and Fibits but “most of the enquiries however are on
      low price orders under $5-10.”
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    • Ravindran added that
      the company is investigating other channel partnerships.
    •  
    • “Machines will
      outsmart humans in the future but it will take time. We want to win in India (and)
      here is (our) chance. We want to reach to every channel to grow users and
      ultimately become the Google for offline,” he said.

     

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