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Twitter Launches #TweetUp in Partnership with Shared Studios

It allows people to come together and have discussions on matters of shared interests with other people stationed

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To highlight the strength of conversations, micro-blogging app Twitter on Tuesday launched a #TweetUp in partnership with Shared Studios -- an organisation that connects people through videos. Pixabay

To highlight the strength of conversations, micro-blogging app Twitter on Tuesday launched a #TweetUp in partnership with Shared Studios — an organisation that connects people through videos.

#Tweetups are aimed at taking online conversation offline. It allows people to come together and have discussions on matters of shared interests with other people stationed in other parts of the world.

As part of its partnership, Shared Studios has organised #Tweetups in 40 locations across the globe including India, New York, Nairobi, Seoul, Sao Paulo, Los Angeles and London among others, the company said in statement.

Each location would have translators on hand to help with language barriers and also pair people up based on time zones.

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#Tweetups are aimed at taking online conversation offline. Pixabay

In India, people interested in the #Tweetup could reach Select Citywalk shopping mall in Saket, Delhi where they could walk into the portal and instantly talk with anybody across the world on any topic.

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#Tweetups would carry on until August 4 and would host a series of activities including group conversations, music, dance, topical discussions around women empowerment and other shared interests. (IANS)

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Zomato CEO Deepinder Goyal Took to Twitter to Embarrass NRAI President

Zomato CEO taunts NRAI president, says enough is enough

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Deepinder Goyal is the CEO of Zomato India. Twitter

After couple of letters from Zomato failed to pacify Rahul Singh, President of the National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI), to stop the #logout campaign, Zomato CEO Deepinder Goyal took to Twitter on Thursday in a bid to embarrass him for the “Gold” programme of The Beer Cafe.

“I welcome the NRAI president, Rahul Singh embracing the Gold standard at his own restaurants. Welcome to Gold, Rahul!@NRAI _India,” he said in a tweet that had images describing the benefits that The Beer Cafe offers its customers under the “Gold” programme.

Zomato has been accused by the NRAI of “unethical” deep discounting practices for its “Gold” programme. “This logout campaign as it seems now, is driven by Rahul Singh, along with participation of a few large restaurant owners, to use the NRAI platform to sabotage aggregators and benefit themselves,” Goyal further tweeted.

“Zomato is logging out of the logout campaign. We have said enough and we are getting back to work. I am confident better business sense will prevail at the end,” the Zomato CEO added.

The NRAI was yet to respond to fresh claims by Goyal on Twitter. Zomato on Wednesday announced to immediately reconstruct its ‘Gold’ service to help drive better margins for the restaurants.

In a letter to its partner restaurants, Goyal said the company has put a minimum floor on Gold membership fee and will not sell ‘Gold’ service at anything less than Rs 1,800 for an annual membership. “The biggest pain point we heard was that users hop between places on a busy night, claiming 1+1 starters at one place, 1+1 main course at another, and 2+2 drinks at the last.

“To solve this, we will limit Gold usage by a single user to one unlock per day. This will ensure that customers complete their dining experience at a single restaurant, bringing the net effective discount down significantly,” Goyal said in a letter. Another big pain point, said Goyal, was about multiple number of Gold unlocks per table.

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Zomato has been accused by the NRAI of “unethical” deep discounting practices for its “Gold” programme. IANS

“Going forward we are going to restrict the number of unlocks to a max of two per table. This will be applicable from September 15,” he added. Reacting to Zomato’s letter, NRAI, which has been in the forefront of the protest against deep discounts, had said that it was not yet satisfied with the latest changes, calling the decision a “knee jerk reaction”.

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“We are in receipt of the mass email sent out by Zomato to all member restaurants. This is a knee jerk reaction to the #logout movement and the meeting held yesterday between the founding team of Zomato and Management Committee members of NRAI,’ Singh had said.

“It’s a validation of the fact that Zomato acknowledges the deep discounting epidemic. However, the ‘reconstruct of gold’ is another attempt to stuff old wine in a new bottle. It’s a tweak in the drug, which doesn’t solve the addiction,” Singh added. (IANS)