Amazon makes shopping via Twitter easy -- as long as you don't mind publicizing the contents of your shopping cart.
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Amazon and Twitter announced a feature Monday that lets you shop from your Twitter feed.
If you see a tweet with a link to an Amazon product that you want, reply to it with the hashtag #AmazonCart. Amazon will place that item in your shopping cart, and you can purchase it later when you're ready. You'll receive a notification via email and from @MyAmazon to confirm that it the item was added.
To opt in to this feature, you need to connect your Amazon and Twitter accounts first by visiting amazon.com/AmazonCart. Amazon will request access to the tweets in your timeline and permission to view who you follow. It will also ask for permission to follow new people on your behalf, update your profile, and post tweets for you. If you try to add an item to your cart before linking your accounts, Amazon will tweet you a reminder.
The #AmazonCart hashtag will work for all items except for Lightning Deals, which are products that Amazon offers at discounted prices for a set period of time -- usually an hour or two, the company said.
Before you jump in, there are privacy implications to consider. If your Twitter account is public, anyone who visits your timeline, follows the #AmazonCart hashtag, or follows the account to which you replied will see your potential purchases.
If your account is private, anyone who follows you could see what you add to your shopping cart. Amazon does not yet offer options to make your activity private, which could impact whether or not people use the feature.
Publicly tweeting your potential purchases means free advertising for both Amazon and its retailers, and it will help marketers identify their most dedicated Twitter customers. This could provide businesses with a more valuable Twitter experience, which marketers have questioned. According to one report, businesses reported concerns about measuring their results and ROI on Twitter (45%), building an audience (42%), and generating engagement (27%).
For Amazon, the partnership is another way to reach customers and gather data on their shopping habits and preferences.
Twitter has taken a beating since reporting lackluster user numbers in its first-quarter results last week. Though revenue doubled -- exceeding investor expectations -- the company's monthly active users rose just 5.8%, compared to 10% in the first quarter last year. Following its earnings call, Twitter's stock price dropped to its lowest point since the company's IPO.
For more on how #AmazonCart works, check out the video below.
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