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What do you think about Blippy?

submitted on January 25, 2010 by equipurple in "Member's Lounge"
Blippy is a fun and easy way to see and discuss the things people are buying.
Automatically share your favorite purchases from iTunes, Amazon, Woot, Zappos, Visa, MasterCard, and more.
http://blippy.com/
 

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  • 50252
    equipurple
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    Posted by equipurple on January 25, 2010
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    OK, FaceBook lets you share your thoughts, news, links, videos, smileys, Mafia Wars, etc with your social network.
    Twitter lets you share your world 140 characters at a time.

    Now Blippy automatically shares your online credit card purchases with the world.

    No thanks.
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    • bigger915
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      Posted by bigger915 on January 25, 2010
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      I'm not a big fan of Blippy
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    • HouTex
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      Posted by HouTex on January 25, 2010
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      Great discussion topic, equipurple!
      I agree with both of you, I think this idea is insane!

      I see that the site gave out beta invitations a few at a time in December, and went live on January 14, 2010. I don't see enough information on their site about how things work without signing up, but apparently you can choose to make your account public or not (I'm not going to join to find out). For those who choose a public account, their purchases are sent to Twitter, including such items as
      "eradke spent $0.03 at Parkwest Food Liquors to buy a tootsie roll," which he/she proudly claimed to be the lowest-price purchase on blippy http://blippy.com/t/25zf
      and general trends like "Blippy users ate at McDonald's 197 times. And Chipotle 67 times."

      The author of the blog at http://socialmediabirmingham.c.....nsumerism/ calls it "blippy: twitter meets consumerism" and gives more detail about his own account.

      Blippy is listed as one of the "Hot Startups to Watch in 2010" at http://scobleizer.com/2010/01/.....in-2010-2/ .

      While this Techcrunch blog http://www.techcrunch.com/2010.....on-blippy/ says "Retailers Start Embracing Blippy", many of their readers still think it's the worst idea ever. Is it like Facebook's failure "Beacon?" That ended as a result of a class-action lawsuit (and a $9.5 million "settlement fund").
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    • HouTex
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      Posted by HouTex on January 25, 2010
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      Yikes! It's even going to be in the February 1, 2010 issue of Time!
      http://www.time.com/time/magaz.....97,00.html where the author wrote:

      I, too, eventually found that sharing details about what I was buying only made me want to spend more. With friends on New Year's Eve, I asked to be the one to purchase a bottle of champagne. In an odd way, I felt I would be ringing in the New Year with my Blippy compatriots. And that made me realize Blippy isn't primarily about spending habits. Like any other social-networking site, it's mostly about feeling as if you're surrounded by a particular group of people even when you're not.


      Not for me.
  • 50263
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    Posted by equipurple on January 25, 2010
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    I can see a tiny niche value through a Buxr lens of deal shopping, seeing what other people have bought (or ordered for free). I guess I just don't get the need to see myself listed amongst the buyers at geewhiz.com or to see how many people bought a chartreuse thingamabob at thingamabob.com.

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