Sending real money to a Twitter user has become as simple astyping: “#Dwolla @TwitterUser $10.”

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That's because, effective immediately, Des Moines, Iowa-basedpayments company Dwolla has built in a Tweet dollars function thata registered Dwolla user activates by simply adding his/her Twitterhandle to his Dwolla account information.

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Earlier, Dwolla – which is supported by The Members Group – had announced that it would let users sendmoney to LinkedIn users.

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Dwolla cash transfers of $10 and higher incur a 25-centfee. Below $10, they are free.

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In a blogpost where it announced the Twitter functionality, Dwolla noted,“Just be sure to include their Twitter handle, the $ amount, and#dwolla. Yep, it really is that simple.”

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The advantage to the user, noted Dwolla, is that via Twitterhe/she can send money to anybody on Twitter “without having tologin to the Dwolla mobile app.”

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Asked how many Twitter transfers had occurred so far, a Dwollaspokesperson had not offered details by the time this story wasfiled.

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The spokesperson, when asked how many registered users Dwollahad, replied with numbers that date back to April 2012: 100,000users, 15,000 merchants. Updated numbers apparently areunavailable.

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A quick look at the Twitter stream for #Dwolla discoveredmany dozens of money transfers, typically in amounts ranging from apenny to a few dollars.

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