Teapot Partners with ManyShip to Build Greater Trust in Peer to Peer Shipping

by Pranav Dandekar, Creator of Teapot

ManyShip enables its members to send things with people like them going that way

ManyShip enables its members to send things with people like them going that way

Teapot is a Stanford University research project where our mission is to enable trusted transactions on the web. We at Teapot are excited to partner with ManyShip to help make it the most trusted service for peer to peer shipping in the world.

How Teapot works

Teapot fosters trust between shippers and carriers on ManyShip using their social networks. When you view a trip or a need posted by a ManyShip user, like Michael Bennett, ManyShip allows you to “See how you’re connected” to Michael.

Traveler Profile with Teapot Integration on ManyShip

Teapot enables ManyShip users to “See how you’re connected”

Teapot will show you a trust score between you and Michael when both you and him have signed on to Teapot in your ManyShip account using the Facebook log on. The trust score is based on your shared connections, social interactions and common background.

Photo: Trust score between Manyship user Dan Denizen and Michael Bennett, powered by Teapot.

Trust Score between Sender and Traveler on ManyShip

Teapot enables ManyShip users to see a Trust Score, Degrees of Separation, and Which of your Friends are Connected to other users

This score leverages cutting-edge algorithms developed by researchers at Stanford University. These algorithms take into account a number of things about your social network and interactions: which friends of yours are connected to Michael, how well do you know them, and how well do they know Michael. The trust score captures the idea of transitivity of trust:  if you trust someone and they trust Michael, then you should probably trust Michael too. Additionally, the algorithms also take into account if you and Michael have a common background (e.g., you both went to the same high school, or worked at the same company, or are part of the volunteer organization).

In addition to simply showing you an opaque score, Teapot and Manyship also provide you more information about how you are connected (how many degrees you are separated by, which friends of yours are connected to the other user), so you can better understand this score. Like ManyShip, Teapot believes that knowing these shared connections and common background brings us closer, and creates greater trust in a transaction.

Your Privacy: We understand that if we are going to be in the trust-building business, we must first earn your trust. We promise that we will not share your data with a third party that you have not explicitly approved. Moreover, we give you total control over your data: if you sign in to Teapot, and click “Forget Me”, we will delete every single piece of information Teapot has about you. That’s one-click privacy brought to you by Teapot!

We look forward to helping ManyShip users build greater trust and enable a world class experience for senders and travelers alike. Get started building trust with Teapot by visiting ManyShip today.


Pranav DandekarPranav Dandekar is the creator of Teapot and a research scientist at Stanford University.  He has been thinking about trust, reputation and incentives in online marketplaces and social networks for more than 7 years. Previously he worked at industry leading technology companies including Google and Amazon.

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Before It’s News features article on ManyShip

Before It's News Features ManyShip in Article

Before It’s News Features ManyShip in Article

In the past few weeks ManyShip has been seeing a lot of coverage in the press.  Recently, BeforeItsNews.com did a piece on focusing on how we are connecting travelers around the world with people who need to send goods. The article features some awesome points on how high prices, obligations, and a lack of efficiency in the shipping market have created problems for senders, and “many of the uncertainties and high costs are eliminated with ManyShip, which even supports international delivery”.

Here are some other highlights of the article:

” ManyShip, is attempting to offer similar revolution in connecting travelers with cargo”

“ManyShip could surely be one of its kind, Social Shipping Platform”

“Travelers can go to the site and make a post detailing their trip, how much extra space they have and how much they want to be paid to carry a package for someone”

“Travelers stand to earn money as well as rewards, apart from making new connections and friends.”

They also commented on the trust and safety factor which is our number one priority at ManyShip saying “ManyShip is offering similar services in the cargo shipment segment. Platforms like AirBNB have already proven that such innovations do work against the obvious factor of distrust. Do give the platform a chance and let us know your views.”

Read the full article here: ManyShip Attempting to Connect Travelers with Cargo.

Everything You Wish to Know About ManyShip – The Infographic

On popular demand we created this Infograhic that summarizes the functions of ManyShip. ManyShip is about better shipping experience. When you ship with your friends you get green, quick, cost-effective and smart shipping.

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What is ManyShip all about?

ManyShip.com is fast, cheap and green shipping

Shipping is affordable, rapid and eco-friendly with ManyShip – photo courtesy pixabay.com

With traditional shipping companies the expedited shipping option is expensive while the lower cost option is slower. An ideal shipping option, however, would be both cheap and quick. That’s the notion behind ManyShip. ManyShip enables you to get cheap, fast and green shipping.

ManyShip focuses on two important trends to achieve better shipping.
– The social networks.
– The travel that people are doing.

According to a research conducted by Pew Internet about 72% of the entire internet population uses social networking sites. That’s a whopping 1.4 billion people who are connected on social networks.

People are using social technologies to do more than just share ideas, activities and media. They now share their extra inventory and buy or sell from each other. Car sharing, house sharing, or co-working spaces are few examples that are setting the new movement in the sharing economy.

In the last few decades, travel has seen an increase. A look at a recent report from the World Tourism Organization shows that the number of tourists crossing the international borders has reached the 1 billion mark in December 2012.

ManyShip has combined these two trends and has created a platform that connects people through social networks and allows them to ship for each other. That means expedited shipping is then possible at lower rates, without worrying about hefty shipping fees for expediting or tracking.

With ManyShip, people can share the extra space in their luggage, vehicles and other carried items to help offer expedited shipping. This gives a better shipping experience for their friends. It also allows stronger bonds to be built, while creating a greener environment by reducing or eliminating the need for delivery trucks or manpower.

ManyShip enables people across the globe to take advantage of green shipping that is fast and affordable, by simply sharing the extra space that they have available. That gives everyone a better shipping experience.

Manyship enables international shipping of a toy in record time and at an affordable price

Overseas shipping using ManyShip

Kids love the mini indoor helicopter – photo courtesy Amazon.com

Roopali, a 30-year-old Indian working in USA, sends a lot of things to her family and friends in India. She says that they love American goods. Their favorite items are clothes, candy and toys. Roopali buys them in the local stores or malls and ships them to India. Lately the shipping costs have increased and she started seeing a rise in her expenses.

In one occasion, Roopali wanted to surprise her friend’s son on his birthday. She bought a wonderful toy, a mini indoor helicopter, and planned to ship it to India. However, the shipping cost estimate seemed exorbitant and was higher than the cost of the toy itself. So, she dropped the plan of shipping it.

Coincidentally, the next day she heard about ManyShip via Facebook from one of her friends, Swaathi.  Swaathi had posted her travel plans to India on ManyShip and was willing to help out Roopali with her toy delivery.  Roopali was delighted and immediately became a member of ManyShip community and placed a request to ship her helicopter.  Swaathi responded and accepted Roopali’s request to take the toy with her.  ManyShip enabled Roopali to pay a modest amount to Swaathi for the wonderful and timely help she provided.

ManyShip is a social shipping and delivery platform that connects friends to ship for each other. It leverages your already existing social network and enables its members to send messages to all your friends.  This is how Roopali and Swaathi were able to work with each other and solve their shipping problem. ManyShip, is built on the premise of making all exchanges a Win-Win exchange. Roopali was able to send the toy at an affordable price and Swaathi was able to get a little bit of extra money that compensated her for her efforts and travel.

ManyShip members also report that an exchange such as this also builds stronger relationships and bonds between people as the whole transaction is done primarily with the purpose of helping out each other more than for profit.  That’s the kind of social transformation that ManyShip takes pride in bringing about.

Disclaimer: Names of people in this article have been changed to protect their privacy.

 

Mine and Yours

At ManyShip, we believe in sharing. It can be in any form – qualitative or quantitative. Whether it be sharing ideas, sharing time, sharing happiness, or sharing personal things, sharing is a wonderful thing and results in immense happiness.

When we share, what is mine is not just mine.
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Similarly, what is yours is not just yours.
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ManyShip enables travelers to share their travel space and ship goods for other people. Travelers share the space in their car trunk, luggage, or a backpack and transport goods. Senders (or shippers) on the other hand, get expedited shipping for less. It’s a win win for both travelers and shippers. Sign up is free and takes only 30 seconds at ManyShip.com. Check it out and experience the new form of sharing (and shipping).

At ManyShip find various possibilities to ship stuff; Save money to send, earn rewards to deliver;

ManyShip is an online venue that brings together travelers and senders. Travelers carry goods for their friends, colleagues, or friends’ friends who might be interested in sending goods with them (“senders”). Travelers utilize extra space in their vehicle or luggage to transport goods. They may receive a payment for the shipping services from senders or just earn goodwill depending on how they advertise their services. Senders, on the other hand, save money on their shipping needs, receive a personalized shipping service and a better tracking for their shipment.

Our goal is to create smart social networks that will empower its members with ideas and tools that in turn affect its members positively.  ManyShip is an attempt at creating one of the smart social networks (let’s call it a smart travel network), by bringing together travelers and senders who act responsibly, and help each other to conserve resources (i.e. travelers’ earn rewards and senders save money; Also, both collectively create a greener environment by eliminating shipments that may have been shipped using traditional means).

Become a part of this new smart social network and make a difference for yourself and others.