The popular micro-blogging site, Twitter is soon going to allow its users to pay their bill through the platform. The media reported that it has partnered with India-based startup Lookup, which will enable the users to send a direct message to @lookuplite to book appointments.
Apart from bookings, the facility will also allow to inquire about services and make transactions with businesses.Currently, Lookup boasts 1.2 million registered users despite listing merchants from Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru, serving a chat platform via direct messaging.
Till date, the social media giant is offering its users to purchase directly via its ‘Buy’ button. While, the new management with Lookup, Twitter will fulfill the orders and payments separately and offline, by simply facilitating the conversation. The commercial communication platform has revealed that it will use the Twitter API and its monitoring capabilities to maintain a connection between customer and merchant.
It uses Google Maps, in order to handle the connections and to give a view to the users of all the retailers in their area.rather than using the phone numbers.
Last week, a new study found that illegal online pharmacies are using Twitter to promote prescription drug abuse of controlled substances.
“This study is the first to establish an empirical link between Twitter content and illicit online pharmacies which promote the illegal sale of drugs that have significant abuse potential,” said study co-author Timothy Mackey from University of California-San Diego.
According to the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), young adults are the biggest abusers of prescription opioid pain relievers, ADHD stimulants, and anti-anxiety drugs