Never Underestimate the Power of #UberDCLove
July 10, 2012
What happened today with @Uber & DC is dawn of a new local politics: Tech/social exercising newfound muscles on a policy level in real-time.— Shervin Pishevar (@shervin) July 10, 2012
Never underestimate the power of thousands of loyal supporters armed with email, social media, and a cause. With YOUR help, we’ve successfully kept the #UberDCLove alive and convinced the DC Council to strike down the minimum fare language for the Uber Amendment. Whether you sent an email, a tweet, posted on Facebook, or just told your friends, we really can’t thank you enough for stepping up and helping us out when we needed you most.In addition, don’t forget to thank Councilmembers Jack Evans, Tommy Wells, Michael Brown, and David Catania for stepping up in support of Uber. Their leadership is greatly admired, and we hope the rest of the DC Council will follow their lead in supporting innovation, choice, and technology for better transportation here in DC.
Send a thank-you tweet to these supportive council members!
Unfortunately, this fight is far from over. The bill that was passed today will be reviewed again by the Council in late September and we’ll need our full army ready to help us again. But for now, ride easy. You guys are amazing.Finally, we’ve tallied up some numbers to show you how much you’ve accomplished in less than 24 hours. Check it out. In the real world:
- More than 50,000 emails sent to DC Councilmembers by constituents and Uber supporters
- 4,300 signatures and counting on a single Change.org petition (out of several)
- Potentially millions of impressions through social media and news coverage, such as in the New York Times, The Atlantic, TechCrunch, and more.
- UPDATE: According to our friends at Topsy, Twitter exposure for the term “#UberDCLove” was about 4.4 million, and for “Uber DC” was 1.7 million on Tuesday. The term “Uber DC” went from 200K to 1.6M in less than an hour, around 10am on Tuesday morning.
On the Uber blog:
- 1,213 tweets and counting linking to the yesterday’s blog post and call to action
- More than 1,000 likes of the same post
- More than 37,000 tweets about “Uber” (6,500 mentioning “Uber DC” specifically)
- More than 9,480 mentions for @Uber_DC
- More than 500 retweets of @Uber_DC tweets
- @Uber_DC gained more than 330 followers
- “Uber” and “UberDCLove” have trended consistently for the past 24 hours
- More than 300 likes across three status updates
- Over 100 shares
- More than 223,000 views
– Lyle, Billy, Katie, Rachel, Alex, and Travis