Twitter's testing 'buy' buttons so you can buy stuff through Twitter's app

In case Twitter wasn't putting enough stuff in your face, you might soon see a "buy" button in the official Twitter app. Yep, the same Twitter that's pulling in to your stream the favorites of people you follow (and sometimes even people you don't follow) now wants to urge you to tap on that buy button. Twitter is partnering initially with shopping platform Fancy, direct creatives seller Gumroad, Musictoday, and mobile payments company Stripe.

In our test, an entire purchase can be completed in just a few taps. After tapping the "Buy" button, you will get additional product details and be prompted to enter your shipping and payment information. Once that's entered and confirmed, your order information is sent to the merchant for delivery.

The first buy buttons will start showing up in the posts of retailers like Home Depot and Burberry, musicians like Keith Urban and Paramore, and non-profits such as The Nature Conservancy and GLAAD. For a full list of where you'll be seeing buy buttons showing up first, you can check out the source link below. And, of course, you could always use one of the many excellent third-party Twitter apps and not have to deal with this noise.

Source: Twitter

Derek Kessler

Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm (the old one), and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.

  • Wow, such tests. It's like the normal buying procedure for everything online.
  • Thank you FalconPro for making it possible for me to never have to use the POS Twitter app.
  • Twitter is definitely trying to send me back to Plume. Posted via Android Central App
  • Nice idea but 100% pass.. I have no desire to "add my credit/debit card to yet another site". Maybe if they offered ONE-TIME authorizations through Paypal/Google, and the right item came up.. MAYBE.. Otherwise, no, No, NO.
  • Twitter is becoming kind of a “wanna be everything” social network which turns out to be the path that will drive everyone out from the social network if the continue with this weird experiments, just like Facebook. People have accounts on it but its becoming far less important. Posted via Android Central App