Barclays to enable payments through Twitter

In a UK first, Barclays is set to launch a new service which will allow individuals and small businesses make payments instantly by Twitter.

Barclays to enable payments through Twitter

The service, which will be powered by Pingit, will be available on Android phones as well as iOS devices from 10 March.

For signing up to the service, users will just have to link their Twitter handle to their Pingit profile under the app menu.

Once users sign up, they need to log into Pingit, enter the Twitter handle or selecting a payee from the contact list, and complete payments instantly.

Barclays Mobile Banking and Pingit director Darren Foulds 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 new service will be offered to all Pingit customers, regardless of whether they bank with Barclays or not.