Not too long ago, I stumbled upon Chirpify, a “Twitter Commerce & Payment Platform.” My first thought was, “What the hell does that mean?” Second, only relatively familiar with the Portland tech scene, was, “Wow, I didn’t realize their were startups in Portland tied so closely to the Twitter ecosystem.”
After digging into a little further and getting a slightly better understanding of what they did, I thought it was a cool concept. With Chirpify, you can literally buy, sell, and donate with a tweet. Having recently joining a startup that develops SaaS applications for mobile banking as an Advisor and learning more about the advances in the mobile financial space as well as being a Twitterer, I was intrigued.
Fast forward a few weeks. I find myself at the Portland Digital eXperience (PDX) Startup Crawl (think tech startups + pub crawl). One of the companies on the crawl was Chirpify, so I had to stop by. This was an exciting day for them. Earlier in the day at the PDX conference, Chris Teso (Founder/CEO guy) announced that Green Day, who would be on MTV’s Video Music Awards that night, would be selling via Chirpify. As soon as Green Day tweeted it, Chirpify was on fire. When I got there, there was a healthy crowd of folks reveling as they blew up.
It was extremely exciting to watch first hand. And, after that, my mind kept thinking of all the ways it could be used. Having being involved in the Twitter comedy scene for a number of years, I could easily see comedians like Louis CK and Rob Delaney, with strong Twitter followings and already selling their comedy wares on their websites, rapidly increasing their sales with Chirpify. And it was great to see that Chirpify was already pursuing those type of opportunities.
Finally, I had to sign-up and found that it’s extremely easy and straightforward. You simply connect your PayPal account to your Chirpify account and you’re golden. From there, you can tweet payments like “Pay @twobillionideas $10 for whatever.” Or if someone is selling something on Twitter via Chirpify like Green Day, you can reply and buy.
I’m sure there are a billion ways Chirpify can make this work. And it’s going to be exciting to watch them grow from a delicate flower in the Silicon Forest into a major force in the micropayment world.