Daily Archives: August 8, 2015
NEW YORK: One can now use online social networking service Twitter to buy products as well.
Twitter is teaming up with Shopify — which boasts of about 100,000 merchants using its software — and other e-commerce software companies to expand its range, Time reported.
The new ‘Buy’ button allows users to discover products and make purchases with just a few clicks.
“Users will get access to offers and merchandise they can’t get anywhere else and can act on them right in the Twitter apps for Android and iOS,” the service said in a blog post.
“Sellers will gain a new way to turn the direct relationship they build with their followers into sales,” it added.
After clicking the ‘Buy’ button, the users will be presented with product details and a form to enter their shipping and payment information. Once the information is confirmed, the product would be sent to the merchant for delivery.
Twitter will take the necessary measures to safely encrypt and store the information, and they will not share credit card information with the merchant without a user’s permission.
After the first purchase, the users do not need to re-enter their information for consecutive purchases — unless someone chooses to delete the data from their account, which a user can do at any time.
COLOMBO:Sri Lankans are divided on the desirability of accepting an Indian proposal to construct a bridge across the Palk Strait to link Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu with Talaimannar in Lanka’s Tamil-speaking Northern Province.
The revival of the 2002 proposal to build a 32-km bridge is warmly welcomed by the Tamils of the Northern Province and Lankan experts on economic development. But it is bitterly opposed by South Lankan nationalists who have an atavistic fear of Indian domination if the sea separating the two countries is bridged. Tissa Devendra feared that “hosts of Dalits and depressed classes will pour into the North triggering a demographic catastrophe”. Walter de Silva warned that the bridge “will end our existence as a separate country.”
But Dr Shantha Hennayake, Professor of Geography at Pradeniya University, refuted the contention that the bridge will be a threat to the independence of Lanka. “It is a total misconception. It is based on the belief that the bridge will be a one-way street, while it is going to be a two-way street, with Indians coming to Lanka and Lankans going to India. By enhancing communication, bilateral trade will be boosted. The fear that terrorists and heroin smugglers will enter Lanka is also baseless because these generally use unconventional routes,” he explained.