Uber V. Facebook: Who Will Stay on Top?
We all get so excited when new stuff comes out, and I don’t know if it is my realistic attitude or my occasional pessimism that instills in me the need to shoot down new social networking ideas, but I do it often. Like, I could tell Twitter would make it, but I doubt we have much time left with Snapchat. But when you hear about a thing like Uber…
For those of you not in the know, Uber is presently an app for smartphones (are there any other phones these days?) that allows you to be picked up and dropped off anywhere in your city. Now, Uber is a startup, so it isn’t currently available in every city or country, but you may be surprised to know (I was) that it is being used in 22 countries across the globe. Sixty American cities, my hometown of Seattle included, utilize the service. That is a whole lot of places, considering I have just learned about it in the past month.
Uber is quite different than taking a taxi, obviously. The user is allowed to choose from a variety of vehicles to pick them up, and you pay by credit card via the app. No cash or annoying card readers necessary. Well, why not take a cab instead? Convienence? Luxury? No one carries cash anymore? Probably all three.