Gogobot Integrates Facebook Places and Foursquare Check-ins
Social travel recommendation site Gogobot creates digital scrapbook of people's favorite places from Facebook and Foursquare
SAN FRANCISCO, May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Gogobot, a social travel site that connects users with friends via social networks for personalized travel advice, has integrated with Facebook Places and Foursquare, allowing millions of their users to capture and log their check-ins to generate a digital travel scrapbook. Integrating check-ins from the two largest location based services further enables Gogobot to create one of the most comprehensive travel recommendation engines in world.
With the new integration, anyone planning a trip, whether they are looking for the best boutique hotel in Las Vegas, or a bistro in New York's West Village, can see which places are most popular among their friends based on their reviews, places they've been, as well as their check-ins on Facebook and Foursquare.
In addition, Gogobot now lets users capture their check-ins automatically in their Gogobot Passport, allowing them to effortlessly build and share digital "collections" of their favorite restaurants, hotels and travel spots with their friends. Gogobot allows users to enhance these check-ins on the site by adding star-ratings, reviews and personal photos – creating a lasting and highly visual chronicle of their favorite places.
"Location based services made it infinitely easier for millions of people to capture and share their favorite places with friends in real time. With this integration, Gogobot now gives the game of 'checking-in' with Facebook or Foursquare both meaning and context, transforming check-ins into a visually stunning record of all the places you have been," said Travis Katz, Gogobot co-founder and CEO. "Millions of people love to check-in and share great restaurants, shops, bars, and now by creating a virtual scrapbook of your favorite places, Gogobot makes the process of discovering and sharing travel advice much easier and more fun."
In just over three months since launching to the public, Gogobot users have shared more than 350,000 places they have been with their connections on Gogobot. The site won the prestigious 2010 Crunchie Award for best design, and offers one of the richest collections of travel photos on the internet, with more than 100,000 high resolution images.
Gogobot (www.gogobot.com) is writing a new chapter in online travel where friends, not strangers, are the key to creating extraordinary travel experiences. Launched in beta in November 2010, Gogobot helps people tap into their personal networks via Facebook and Twitter to easily get and share travel advice. Gogobot partners with HomeAway, Expedia, Hotels.com, Kayak and Priceline to enable users to book their vacations directly from the site. Gogobot's founders were key to the early success of MySpace and Yahoo Answers and are now bringing this deep understanding of the social web to travel. The company is backed by Battery Ventures, Google CEO Eric Schmidt's Innovation Endeavors and MySpace founder Chris DeWolfe. Gogobot is based in Menlo Park, California.
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