Tickengo Connects Facebook Users With Rides

By Justin Lafferty 

Say you’re planning to go to a concert in another part of the state. Odds are, several other people are, too. That’s how Tickengo was started, and it has become quite a popular service, using Facebook as a verification mechanism.

Tickengo Co-Founder Geoff Mathieux thought of the idea when he was in Paris for an event. He was taking a cab back from his hotel to the airport, and knew that it would be rather expensive.

Mathieux figured that several other people were likely getting to the airport in the same manner, meaning that there would be a lot of cars with empty seats on the road, all going to the same destination. Why not have them connect online and carpool, cutting back on the harmful carbon emissions?

Tickengo launched in 2011 and was a part of Startup Alley at the recent TechCrunch Disrupt event in San Francisco, where it launched its iPhone application in beta. People can sign up as a driver, saying they’re going to a certain event or destination, or request a ride somewhere.

Tickengo uses Facebook as a way to verify users, so people can be certain that they’re dealing with a real human being. People can sign up for Tickengo evia Facebook and easily share ride requests to the social network. Mathieux told AllFacebook that Tickengo hopes to expand its open graph offerings in the future.

The company also has a Facebook page where users can share experiences and receive special offers.

Mathieux talked with AllFacebook about the way the social network has helped Tickengo grow:

Facebook has become so commonplace. It takes a lot of time to build a community of friends on Facebook, and we’re trying to make the site reliable, in terms of being able to trust that the people are real. When you get a ride request, you want to see a picture, and you want to feel good that the person who is going to pick you up is real. Same with the driver. They want to make sure that the person they’re going to pick up is real and they really need the ride. We were just thinking about ways that are online and available to ensure identities of people, and since Facebook has become so commonplace, we felt that providing a verification badge for those who sign in through Facebook would make their profile more trustworthy, as we would display how many friends they have. It’s difficult for an impostor with a fake profile online to suddenly come up with 400 friends on Facebook.

Readers: What do you think of Tickengo’s service?