Platforms Featured Southeast Asia

Social platform for sustainability abillion unveils new marketplace feature

Singapore – Singapore-based social platform for sustainability, abillion, has launched a new peer-to-peer e-commerce feature for buyers and sellers to interact and transact online with a conscious shift in focus from revenue earned to resulting impact.

abillion is a global digital home to sustainability and plant-based natives. Its sellers set aside a percentage of their revenue to be donated to impactful causes. The buyer then dedicates this sum of money to one of the platform’s more than 60 non-profit partners.

The new feature will be first enjoyed by members in Singapore. They will be able to list sustainable products via the marketplace tab, which is found on the navigation bar at the bottom of the app, Meanwhile, buyers will be able to see the impact of each purchase they intend to make from the starred green value, which is found on the right hand side of each listing.

Vikas Garg, abillion’s CEO and founder, shared that their goal is to become the world’s leading catalyst driving sustainable entrepreneurship and conscious consumerism, powering the growth of the sustainable sector.

“We know that in the near future, everyone will care about sustainability and our planet. abillion will be at the centre of this, acting as the go-to information and digital superhub for all. Here, regardless of whether you’re a buyer or a seller, you will be able to measure the positive impact your transaction has on the world. Through this, we will be able to eat, shop and live our way to a brighter future,” said Garg.

The platform said that it is planning to launch the marketplace by the year-end of 2022 to its largest markets, including Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, and Spain, as well as the UK, and the US.

Platforms Featured Global

Twitter rolls out new feature to act as special hubs for niche conversations

New York, USA – Global social media platform Twitter has announced the roll-out of a new feature called ‘Communities’ which now allows users to tweet to specific communities where they want their tweet or content to be seen, whether it is the skincare community or the large online community following cryptocurrency trends.

In a latest blog post, David Regan, staff product manager at Twitter, notes that ‘Communities’ are still publicly available so anyone can read, quote tweets, and report community tweets. 

“We want to continue to support public conversation and help people find Communities that match their interests, while also creating a more intimate space for conversation,” Regan said.

Currently being tested out on iOS and web app versions, ‘Communities’ are managed by moderators who pick the focus, create the community rules, and invite the people who will make it a great place for conversation. 

“Think of Communities as places created for conversation where the vibe and tone is set by people who share the same interests and want to have relevant conversations,” Twitter said in a press statement.

Moderators set the community rules and can also invite others to moderate their space to keep things on track and focused. Right now, Community creation is limited but in the coming months, Twitter will allow more people to create Communities so everyone can talk about their ‘thing’, whatever it is. 

Some of the initial Communities Twitter is testing surround popular conversations on Twitter. Examples include dogs, weather, sneakers, skincare, and astrology, with many more to come, reflecting more of the thriving and niche discussions on Twitter. Right now, one have to be invited to a Community by a moderator or another member, but the platform will be adding more ways to discover and allow others to join Communities soon.