Twitter to shut down its e-commerce serving ‘Buy’ from February 1

By : |January 18, 2017 0

After shutting down Vine, the micro-blogging site Twitter has announced closing the doors on its sales button ‘Buy’. Though Twitter is yet to make an official announcement, the company has already started informing partners through notices.

According to TechCrunch, the buy button is going “as a result of the Twitter team pivoting way from their e-commerce focus.”

CIOLTwitter to shut down its e-commerce serving ‘Buy’ from February 1

The notice reads, “Starting February 1st the Twitter sales channel will no longer be available as a result of the Twitter team pivoting away from their e-commerce focus.”

“Saying goodbye is never easy, but you can choose between many other sales channels to sell on including Facebook Shop, Pinterest, Messenger, Amazon and more,” the notice concluded.

However, Twitter will continue giving support to charities and causes through its platform via a “Donate” button.

The move was expected sooner or later because the company was not making much traction through the ‘Buy’ platform, which was initially launched in September 2014. Though the company managed to spend notable resources in development, the feature was eventually rolled out to retailers almost after a year of the launch. Another cause that resulted in the shutdown is that the users were not really interested in buying products through Twitter.

Considering Twitter’s current condition of trying hard to find a buyer for the company, shutting down the e-commerce portion might turn out to be a right decision.

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