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Why the Venmo Newsfeed Is the Best Social Network Nobody's Talking About

Why the Venmo Newsfeed Is the Best Social Network Nobody s Talking About The Wire


Due to its incredibly intimate look at how your friends spend their money, the Venmo newsfeed has become one of the most interesting, informative social networks out there. But don't say that too loud, or you'll feel like a creep.

"It’s this weird voyeurism," National Journal's Emma Roller told The Wire about the appeal of Venmo's social newsfeed. "We’re all interested in seeing what our friends are paying for. But at the same time, we want to pretend like we don’t care about it." Roller first discovered the payment app last summer and reviewed it shortly after for Slate. "It’s like Facebook and PayPal combined—only a better version of both of those things," she wrote then. It's that element similar to Facebook that makes Venmo so intriguing from a cultural point of view.

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