How Twitter Helped One Man Become Chicago’s Most Popular Cab Driver
Years ago, Rashid Temuri studied computer science during a short stint in college. By the time he created the Twitter account @ChicagoCabbie in 2011, he’d been driving a Chicago taxi for a decade and a half.
He planned to tweet responses to people’s complaints about Chicago taxi-riding, hoping to increase understanding between riders and drivers. But when locals learned he was an actual cab driver, they started putting him to work. “People would Tweet, ‘Hey, it would be awesome if you could come meet me and give me a ride,’” recalls the Karachi-born Temuri, who’s lived in the Chicago area for 20 years. “So I started picking people up.”
A year later, @ChicagoCabbie has more than 4,100 followers. Temuri has been covered by dozens of local news outlets and a handful of tech and international websites. “This whole thing is growing so fast on its own and it’s become something I never imagined,” says the 36-year-old. His workload has increased to the point that he often passes excess ride requests on to a half dozen colleagues he trusts.