12 December 2011

Getting Served With My Favorite People

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This past weekend I was given the opportunity to try out Serve from American Express.  Serve is a digital payments platform that allows you to send and receive money.  If you're out and splitting the bill, or you owe money for a cab, this is a new way to settle up with friends instantly via email or mobile device, cutting the awkwardness of owing friends money or chasing them down for what they owe you.

Set up of my Serve account was quick and easy.  Because of the financial nature of the service, you do have to provide some personal information, as with other forms of payment.

Planning this out, I thought to myself, "Self, what is the best way to test the features of this service?"
And then my self answered back, "Jenny, you should take your friends out and see what happens."
Bad Ideas
Friday night I met up with some of my favorite people on Earth: Julia, Amber, Cody and Daniel.  That's a friend from elementary school, a friend from junior high, a friend from college, and a friend from grad school, in case you were curious.

We met at Cody's bar, where he bought us a round of drinks.  We decided not to worry about money until the end of the night, at which point we would figure out who spent what and go from there.
Me and Julia
This picture represents everything you need to know about me and Julia.
Mariah Carey is Creepy
Cody and I are playing the part of Mariah Carey giving The Biebs creepy sex face in their new music video.  Mariah Carey is 41, and Justin Bieber is 17.  Do you know how old I'll be when Gabriel is 17?  I'll be 41.  That's A CREEPY WAY TO LOOK AT A LITTLE BOY.  You can watch the music video if you want, but I must warn you: it's creepy.
Daniel is Tall
Daniel is tall enough that we don't know how to take a picture with him.
Pinkies Out
Amber drinks cheap beer even when I try to buy her a drink, but she keeps her pinkies out, for she is a classy lady.
Julia and her Chips

Serve comes with a debit card linked to your account, which is nifty.  You can use your Serve card anywhere American Express is accepted, just like a credit card.  I used mine to buy snacks at a corner store.
It was easy, and chips are delicious.
So is Cody.
At the end of the night, back at Cody's house, inhaling homemade nachos, I decided to pull out my phone and pay everyone back for drinks, bacon wrapped hotdogs, and late night snacks.
It was really easy.  Through the Serve mobile app, I reimbursed everyone for their varying expendatures.  You have to verify transactions by PIN, which adds a measure of comfort and security to sending money by phone.
We were all squared away before we went home for the night to sleep and sleep and sleep.
Thumbs Way Up
I thought this service was completely simple and intuitive to use.  I was comforted by the fact that Serve is run by American Express, a trusted financial institution.
If a system of paying people or paying people back through email or mobile is something that interests you, you get $10 just for trying it (sign up here).  Additionally, once you're signed up, you can get up to $50 for referring your friends to the service.  And! As per my note at the end of this post, by signing up for a Serve.com account and commenting here that you did so, you will be entered to win a $100 credit from your account.
You really have nothing to lose.
Admit it, you want to go out with me, don't you?

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