Financial Services (105)
"Pay with a tweet"
“Pay with a tweet” is the first social payment system where you can pay online with the value of your social network. The system is really simple. Every time somebody pays with a tweet, he or she spreads the word about your product in his social network. The two founders used the system to promote their book released in 2010.
Why it matters
Leif Abraham and Christian Behrendt realized that in this day and age the value of people talking about your product is sometimes higher than the money you would get for it directly. Brands have started to follow this trend but the real question is what is the exact price of a tweet?
The clever students at the MIT Media Lab have created Proverbial Wallets – digitally enhanced wallets designed to guide your spending habits. Using Bluetooth technology, the wallet collects your financial data and measures your spending. The wallet then swells and shrinks to reflect your bank balance. It also has the ability to lock if you reach your monthly budget.
Portuguese BES bank [Banco Espírito Santo] just launched the b-a-bes – a dictionary that helps customers understand bank-related terms and will hopefully increase economic literacy levels. This online tool recalls the expression “b-a-bá” (babbling) and includes videos, graphics and answers to frequently asked questions about economic jargon.