Driving for Uber or Lyft can be a stressful experience. You never know who will get in your car or what state they’ll be in. But one rideshare driver has figured out a way to get people on the level, and it involves personalized playlists based on people who might step (or stumble) into the car.
So I just started driving for uber and Lyft and I’ve been getting a lot more compliments on my music since generalizing my passengers by 1 of these 11 playlists pic.twitter.com/WhX1O5wZ4b
— quaranTeejus (@TEEJUS___) February 25, 2018
This trade secret might seem reductive, or like it’s bound to bring out trolls, but the people in driver TJ Jones’s mentions have been pretty positive. Some truly see themselves mirrored in the “fucking hipsters” (Neutral Milk Hotel, Belle & Sebastian) or “heady bros” (Nirvana, Tame Impala) playlists. Even the “quiet ppl” (The Blow, Frankie Cosmos) feel seen. People have also been digging into Jones’s other Spotify playlists, which includes a Fall Out Boy best of.
i want an uber driver who will play that quiet ppl playlist while we ignore each other https://t.co/skzJFbBgU1
— alondra (@itsmyfauIt) February 26, 2018
There were even shoutouts from Fall Out Boy and Spotify.
— Fall Out Boy (@falloutboy) February 27, 2018
— Spotify (@Spotify) February 27, 2018
When Twitter exposes ur uber and fall out boy playlist on their moments page pic.twitter.com/6LiL3O7A30
— quaranTeejus (@TEEJUS___) February 26, 2018
Jones told the Press Association there’s even some soft data from the playlist experiment: “I have noticed that people who leave the best tips also complimented my 30+ playlist during the ride, which turned out to be more of a 40+ kind of playlist.”
You can check out the playlists here.