Facebook ties up with ET to offer live budget feeds

MUMBAI: The Economic Times, ET Now and have joined hands with the social networking site Facebook, to let users share their thoughts with the finance minister regarding the Union Budget for the financial year 2010-11.

The new initiative, ‘ET-Facebook: Talk to FM’, will give users an opportunity to post their views/suggestions, which ET will present to the FM.
With the initiative, users will not only post their expectations with the budget but also their views/suggestions after the presentation of the Budget by logging on to the economic times website.

Speaking about the strategic alliance, Times Internet Limited CEO Rishi Khiani said, "We are happy to associate with Facebook – it‘s a unique win-win association between the social networking site and business news portal. We are pioneering popular participation in the preparation of the Budget while providing realtime feedback to the Finance Minister from the vox populi."
"All over the world, people use Facebook to start and engage in discussions about things that are important to them. By powering this program with Facebook Connect, the Economic Times is helping provide people in India an easy way to take part in and express their views on the National Budget discussions." said Facebook VP of User Growth, Mobile and International Chamath Palihapitiya.

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