The alternative payments provider Dwolla has garnered much attention from its recent move to facilitate payments through Twitter, but the concept has been tried before — repeatedly, and with few success stories.

Another major contender for Twitter payments is Chirpify, a Portland, Ore.-based company, which started as Sell by Chris Teso in May 2011.  Teso’s company got the funding, developers and rebranding it needed in February 2012 from UpStart Labs, also in Portland. 

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