Twitter is many things: comedy device, college major, a tool that makes us hyper-connected. But now a new pilot program has the potential to turn Twitter into the world’s first 140 character or less mall, according to the Wall Street Journal. Twitter and American Express have partnered up on a program that allows users to add their credit card information to their account and then buy items from vendors simply with a tweet. If you sign up for this one, you’ve gotta be extra-careful with those tweets now.The Journal notes that the program is still in the early stages and when it starts up in a couple of days, users will be able to buy Amex gift cards, Kindles and jewelry. Twitter sees it as a way to get a revenue from something other than ads while Amex sees it as a way to expand their reach with merchants. We see it as a way to speed up drunken purchases that you really wish you could take back. It’ll make for some interesting customer service calls when people claim their account was hacked and that’s why they tweet-bought the new One Direction album. And who knows, maybe they’ll be right, given Twitter’s recent problems with security.
Brooklyn is probably second only to Manhattan when it comes to literary cachet — though you’ll find plenty who say Brooklyn has taken over the top spot in recent years. The borough is crawling with literary stars and wannabe authors who are clearly writing what they know. Brooklyn is so woven into the fabric of […]
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1. Let the melodies carry you away at A Night of Composed and Decomposed Music, with the David Zakarian & Quincy Chimich Duo and the Patrick McGee Quintet. (Monday, Living Gallery, $5) 2. Chuckly awkwardly at comedy duo Pasic & Platt’s Orgy, which follows a modern couple trying to organize an orgy for, undeniably, the wrong reasons. […]