Barclays Bank Launches Twitter Payments

Barclays bank is enabling consumers to make payments to each other using their Twitter name.

In March 2015 users of Android and iOS-based smartphones will be able to log into Pingit - Barclays mobile banking app - and make a payment using their Twitter name.

As a result of customer feedback Barclays said it had introduced the use of social media for making payments.

Darren Foulds, director of Barclay's mobile banking and Pingit said: "We are always on the lookout for new and exciting ways to make people's lives easier and customer feedback plays a big part in how we chose to further develop our apps.

"Adding the ability to pay people or a small business using just a Twitter handle brings together a social and digital experience to create a new step forward for mobile payments in the UK."

The service will also be available to the 57,000 businesses in the UK who are signed up to Pingit.

Since its launch in 2012, Pingit has received 3.7 million downloads and over £1bn has been sent using the app.

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