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The first time I heard about Venmo, it sounded like a miracle. Hell yes, I want to send money to friends with my computerphone! I used Venmo enthusiastically for years. Then, it became a cesspool of awkward emoji and hidden fees, a place where money goes to hide. So I stopped, and you should too.
Joking about drugs, sex workers, and all sorts of other scandalous or weird purchases is part of the fun of using payment app Venmo. It can also get you flagged as a potential security risk.
If you need to send money to a friend, Venmo makes life incredibly easy. The peer-to-peer payment app is a great tool to make sure everyone gets you back for pizza and beer. Unfortunately, it also gives scammers a great opportunity, because it’s not set up to help people get their money back when fraud occurs.
Facebook’s payments feature for the Messenger app has been rolling out slowly across the U.S. and landed in New York City today armed with a couple new features. But how does it stack up against Venmo? I repaid a $5 happy hour debt to fellow Gotham-dwelling Gizmodian Darren Orf to find out.
Facebook Messenger now lets you send payments to your friends—exactly as you would with Venmo or Paypal. Except it's way easier, because just about EVERYONE already has Facebook.
The PayPal-owned app Venmo has very quickly become easiest way to pay back your friends if you don't have cash. It's lightweight, simple, frictionless, and it always works. Unless you have any Middle Eastern friends.
Facebook Messenger has a friend-to-friend payment feature in the works, and it's already set up in the app. It's just not turned on for the general public.
I'm not gonna name names, but someone just mentioned paying for weed with a Square account. It'd be equally easy to use Paypal, Venmo, Bitcoin (RIP) or any of the myriad mobile payment systems that allow you to send money from your phone.
You don't have a Nexus S 4G, or Sprint or the Citi Mastercard required for Google Wallet. But that doesn't you mean you don't wanna live in the future, using your phone to pay for stuff. Here's how to do that right now, no matter what phone you've got.