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Top 5 Facebook Travel Application (Widget) Reviewed by Kango
Are you using them to share your trip?
Since Web 2.0 era starts, travel is no just about visiting a destination, participating an activity or doing nothing but relaxing on a beach. It is also about sharing your trips with your friends or strangers through photos, trip plan/itinerary, reviews. Further more, you want to share your travel history and your travel knowledge and more.
Kango Alex reviewed five most popular facebook application related online travel. Top 3 of these applications are all about sharing "where have you been" on a world map, either by city or by country. Here the the detailes:
#1: "Where I've Been"
By: Craig Ulliott
Description: "A detailed, interactive world map, show everyone where you've been, where you have lived and where you want to go." Overall: "Googlesque" in its simplicity and interface. Provides "fast facts" for most countries and states which include: population, GDP, life expectancy, unemployment rate, and a brief national history. As of now, this is the Facebook Travel App. I would like to see a photo album (possible user generated) for each country providing a taste of the landscapes.
# 2: "Cities I've Visited"
Description: "Where have you traveled? Create an interactive travel map to share with your friends and help them plan their trips." Overall: Very simple concept and delivery. Type in city and a thumbtack is stuck on the map. Adding locations is very quick as a list of possible cities is displayed by popularity and then narrowed as more letters are entered. Unfortunately, once you've entered in your cities, there's not much more to do with this app.
K-Rating: *** 1/2
#3: "Countries Visited Map"
Description: "Create your own travel map and see what percent of the world you have visited. Lightweight, straight-forward, simple; loads 3x faster than other maps, no bloat on your profile page." Overall: Quick and clear-cut check box style of choosing countries and states visited, organized alphabetically within each continent. Unlike most applications, you must become a travbuddy.com member before accessing map, which is a mild initial annoyance.
# 4: "Traveler IQ Challenge"
Description: "In this fun (and addictive) challenge, you'll be asked to pinpoint where famous places, cities, and travel destinations are located. We'll then calculate your Traveler IQ based on how close you were and how quickly you found the spot." Overall: A fun and quick-hitting quiz for the traveller looking to test their geography intellect. At the end of Facebook's "geography bee", you are given a Traveler IQ and shown where you rank amongst your friends (bragging rights!). You may play the original world challenge or focus on a specific continent or theme (i.e. World Capitals). I found it difficult to exactly pinpoint the location in question due to a slow and jittery cursor on the map.
# 5: "Trips"
By: SideStep, Inc.
Description: "Plan upcoming trips with your friends. Share your past travel adventures on your profile. What trips have you been on, who'd you go with, and when. Then attach a photo album. See your trips on a map. Where have you been? Where are you going next?" Overall: This ambitious app aims to cover all things surrounding the "Trip". You can create a future trip and invite your pals to join you on the venture, post travel pics from a past spring break south of the border, or contact strangers with similar trip styles to yourself. "Trips" is function over form at this point and I expect/hope to see more efficient applications, similar in objective, as the Facebook Platform grows out of infancy.
Reated review: TechCrunch's Interns' 10 Favorite Facebook Apps for more FB App. reviews.