It is also essentially a loyalty program to online shopping giant Alibaba, because users’ scores go up if they pay or transfer money via Alipay frequently.
The 750-score rule is also controversial, because it seems to limit commentators by income or spending power. 27, “Alipay 750 scores” became a trending topic on Weibo, with many bloggers bragging about their high scores. 28, the Ant Financial spokesperson said the company has since banned any group rules related to Sesame Credit in the “Circles” service. 29, Alipay made public on Weibo an internal company letter (link in Chinese) written by Ant Financial president Lucy Peng, who apologized for the “Circles” debacle.
Tayser Abuhamdeh doesn’t have what most people would call an exciting job. “Eventually I started opening up, saying random things, telling jokes and laughing at my own jokes.
He works behind the counter at a deli in Brooklyn, a small shop that does a brisk business in snacks, coffee, and cigarettes. I started to act like people were there watching, and that’s when they showed up.” Abuhamdeh’s routine was subtle.
Peng vowed to shut down any “Circles” groups with suggestive messages and close user accounts for good once they post seductive images.
The “White Collar Diary” and “Campus Diary” groups were no longer active on Nov.
In June of last year, on a whim and mostly out of boredom, Abuhamdeh mounted his phone next to the register and began to broadcast his day on You Now, a live streaming service. People would walk up and pay, he would ring them up, and then as they left, nail them with a zinger spoken to the camera.
But I was nervous, I felt like there were people watching. It was weird.” After a few weeks of broadcasting he began to find his rhythm.
Any total stranger can friend these female bloggers, and send private messages or transfer money directly to their Alipay accounts within seconds.Alipay, China’s most popular payments app, has taken things several steps further.The wallet app, owned by Alibaba’s financial spinoff Ant Financial, publicly launched a new social media service called “Circles” on Nov. The “Circles” are social or interest groups that work like Instagram, with users sharing their photos or videos publicly with group members, with a big difference: In some of the most popular groups, only women can write posts and put up personal media.If a customer was in on the joke, Abuhamdeh would banter with them a bit.He shared stories from his home life, and slowly began to invite fans into it, broadcasting from his apartment, from a cousin’s wedding, while driving in his car or getting a haircut.