“How much do you trust your friends & family?”
Frédéric Mazzella CEO of Blabcar recently spoke at a conference with the main question “how are people able to trust one another enough to share their journeys?”
In order to answer this question, Blablacar teamed up with Groupe Chronos to do a study on how much trust members of online communities, specifically members of Blablacar, put into their online community, based on the completeness of the user profile.
With some really interesting results. I personally try and encourage members to have a full profile and especially facilitators of groups as this start’s to build trust.
But the results from Blabcar really back this up.
“Members with a complete online profile are trusted more than a neighbour, and almost as much as a friend or a family member.”
The study took four ‘profile types’ in its online community: members with empty profiles, only a photo, only a verified phone number, only positive ratings, and someone with a complete member profile (photo, verified number, ratings, etc.).
The most interesting part of the study is the fact that members of an online community with a complete online profile – photo, ratings, verification, etc. – are almost on the same level of trust as a Friend or Family member.
The full details are available in Blabcar’s blog post