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November 22, 2010

Planning a Trip? Gogobot Can Create an Instant Custom "Guidebook" Based on Your Friends' Recommendations

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When planning a trip, do you ever seek advice from your Facebook friends who've been there? If so, you should know about Gogobot, a new website, still in private beta, unveiled at the PhoCusWright Travel Innovation Summit last week. 

Say you're headed to Paris and want to know where to stay, where to eat, and what sights and activities not to miss. If you post your question on Gogobot and connect your Gogobot and Facebook accounts, then your question will post to Facebook too. Gogobot will take the unorganized pile of comments that come in from your Facebook friends and, in only a few seconds and with zero effort on your part, transform it into a neatly categorized list of recommended hotels, restaurants, museums, tours, and more, complete with photos, addresses, phone numbers, opening hours, pricing, maps, and useful links. "It's like having a custom guidebook curated by your friends and people you know" says Gogobot founder and CEO Travis Katz.

"Essentially, it feels like Facebook for trips, but with really good images," proclaimed Kara Swisher of All Things Digital last week. Gogobot is certainly

more visually enticing than a number of other sites that have come along lately trying to meld travel planning with social networking. "Planning a trip should be almost as fun as taking the trip itself," says Katz. And I have to say that this morning, when I posted two different questions on Gogobot/Facebook (one for a business trip to Vegas, another for a family ski trip to Vermont), it was indeed more fun than slogging through review sites and Web searches. The jury's still out on what sort of "custom guidebook" my queries might generate. I'll keep you posted.

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Thanks for pointing us to this - a new and fun travel info source. Great seminar at the Luxury Travel Expo, by the way - yours was the best of the show!

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