A bank has unveiled plans which will enable people to pay each other and small businesses using just their Twitter handle in what it says will be a UK banking first.

Launching on both Android phones and iOS devices on March 10, people using Barclays’ Pingit payment service will be able to link their Twitter handle to the service.

Pingit, which was launched in 2012, already allows people to send and receive payments using mobile phone numbers, without needing to exchange bank account numbers and sort codes.

Darren Foulds, Director of Barclays Mobile Banking and Pingit said: “We are always on the lookout for new and exciting ways to make people’s lives easier and customer feedback plays a big part in how we chose to further develop our apps.

“Adding the ability to pay people or a small business using just a Twitter handle brings together a social and digital experience to create a new step forward for mobile payments in the UK”.

With eighty per cent of UK Twitter users now accessing the social network through their mobile regularly, the offering gives people a new, fast and safe way to pay without having to always provide either bank details or a phone number.

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