Fan-to-fan ticket exchange platform Twickets has launched its first iPhone app, which is currently topping the iTunes New Apps chart.
Created by UK digital company Future Platforms, Twickets is an aggregator of all spare or unwanted UK event tickets made available via Twitter, with one hard and fast rule – nothing is posted that is more than face value.
Twickets is designed to help ensure empty seats are filled, without having to utilise expensive secondary ticketing channels that it believes are increasingly ripping off genuine fans.
More than 30,000 people have followed Twickets accounts in the past year and nearly 45,000 spare tickets have been swapped in 12 months. Future Platforms will launch an Android version of the app very soon, followed by a mobile web site to cover all other smart phones.
Twickets has garnered support from Shadow minister for Children & Families Sharon Hodgson MP, who is campaigning for her Private Members’ Bill against ticket touts.
Future Platforms founder Richard Davies said: “The mission behind Twickets is simply to ensure that empty seats are filled at any UK event, no matter how big or small. On average 10% of tickets go unused and through Twickets we aim to drastically reduce that number.
"What is important to us is that this is done in an ethical way such that ticket holders receive back what they paid and purchasers pay no more than face value. Our community helps us police that as and when necessary."
Sharon Hodgson, MP added: ““Ordinary fans are being squeezed out of gigs and shows thanks to unscrupulous touts exploiting the hard work and talent of others.
"Twickets is already what the secondary market should be about: true fans selling to true fans at face value. With the launch of this app making it even easier for those fans to find each other, I hope to see more and more of them using Twickets to buy and sell spare tickets."