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#380372 - 06/15/10 02:33 PM TripAdvisor "Trip Friends"
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TripAdvisor, the World's Largest Travel Site, Launches Game-Changing 'TripAdvisor Trip Friends' Enabling Travelers to Tap Into the Wisdom of Friends

Social Feature Identifies Travel-sphere of Friends Providing Even More Personalized Travel Information and Advice

NEWTON, Mass.,June 14 /PRNewswire/ -- TripAdvisor®, the world's largest travel site*, today announced the launch of its groundbreaking "TripAdvisor® Trip Friends" feature, allowing travelers to get advice from their Facebook® friends on TripAdvisor to plan their next vacation. Supplementing the site's more than 35 million reviews and opinions from real travelers around the world, the wisdom of crowds on TripAdvisor is now enhanced by the wisdom of friends, delivering personalized recommendations.

"As the world's largest travel site, we're thrilled to continue revolutionizing the travel industry by providing our community with exciting new access to their friends' valuable advice about travel," said Steve Kaufer, founder and CEO of TripAdvisor. "With TripAdvisor Trip Friends, our 34 million monthly visitors can tap into their friends' wealth of travel knowledge with just a few clicks, making vacation planning more fun, social and personal."

How TripAdvisor Trip Friends Works

When researching a destination, hotel, attraction or restaurant on TripAdvisor, users who have logged in using Facebook will now see a list of their friends who have been to that location, as identified via the TripAdvisor Cities I've Visited™ (CIV) application on Facebook Platform. Travelers can tap into their network of friends for more details, by directly messaging their friends, or by posting a message to a group of friends, to gain the unique travel insights from those who know them best. CIV has been one of the most popular travel applications on Facebook Platform for nearly three years, with more than five million monthly active users, and highlights over one billion destinations that CIV travelers have visited.

"Travelers using TripAdvisor Trip Friends will be amazed to see all the places about which their friends can offer highly relevant, personal travel advice -- from that extra tip about the best place for croissants in Paris (your friends know how much you love croissants), to insights on the best scuba spot in Belize (through TripAdvisor Trip Friends, you discovered that two of your friends recently returned from an awesome scuba trip in Belize). This feature will turn great trips into fantastic ones, with convenient, personal input from people you know best and trust most," said Kaufer.

"Facebook has always provided people with an easy way to connect with friends around the world, whether from Internet cafes or through sharing photos," said Ethan Beard, director of Facebook Developer Network. "By integrating with Facebook, TripAdvisor is enhancing the exchange of trusted referrals, travel do's and don'ts, and good stories from abroad, and making the travel experience more relevant and social to each person who interacts with the site."


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#380373 - 06/15/10 02:34 PM Re: TripAdvisor "Trip Friends" [Re: Marty]
Marty Online   happy
TripAdvisor deepens Facebook integration

TripAdvisor is hoping to harness the power of Facebook with a feature called Trip Friends.

Trip Friends allows travellers to get advice from their Facebook friends through the ‘Cities I’ve Visited’ application which allows Facebookers to chart everywhere they have been and has more than five million active users.

TripAdvisor users who log in through Facebook will be able to see a list of friends who have visited the area they are looking at.

Founder Steve Kaufer said: “Our 34 million monthly visitors can tap into their friends’ wealth of travel knowledge with just a few clicks, making holiday planning more fun, social and personal.”

“Travellers’ friends can offer highly relevant, personal travel advice and through this tool you will know if two of your friends have recently returned from an awesome scuba trip in Belize – you might not have before.”

Facebook developer network director Ethan Beard added: “By integrating with Facebook, TripAdvisor is enhancing the exchange of trusted referrals, travel dos and don’ts, and good stories from abroad, and making the travel experience more relevant and social to each person who interacts with the site.”

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#380380 - 06/15/10 03:26 PM Re: TripAdvisor "Trip Friends" [Re: Marty]
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http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g291962-San_Pedro_Ambergris_Caye_Belize_Cayes-Vacations.html
This is all good and i jumped on....but then i'm reading about hotels/resorts that I know are dumps and they get rave reviews??? It makes me lose confidence in the other reviews.
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#380397 - 06/15/10 04:35 PM Re: TripAdvisor "Trip Friends" [Re: elbert]
Peter Jones Offline
You aren't really surprised, are you?

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