Twitter-esque Blippy asks, `What are you buying?'

By: Rachel Metz, AP Technology Writer
By: Rachel Metz, AP Technology Writer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - By asking what's happening or what's on our minds, Facebook and Twitter have prodded people to broadcast just about anything. Now a new site wants to unearth more - by asking people to automatically reveal things they buy.

Blippy is a new site backed by a Twitter co-founder. It asks people to share their spending habits in real time. If you register a credit card with the site, every transaction bought on the card would be displayed to your friends on Blippy.

It might sound like ridiculous oversharing, but Blippy is serious. The site's founders think it offers a new way to learn about deals and new products. And knowing your spending habits are being transmitted to a flock of friends might make you think twice before spending $500 on a pair of shoes.

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