by Pranav Dandekar, Creator of Teapot
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.
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.
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 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.