TripIt Goes “Social”…

Today was a milestone day for TripIt.  Travel is a social activity and TripIt can help people organize better trips by tapping into this.  Since our earliest release, TripIt users have had the ability to collaborate and share individual trips.  Today, we released functionality that will start to tap another level of “socialness”, which is the passion people have to know about and share their trip experiences with their broader group of Friends.

Today’s new features included a simple shared calendar which enables users to see where their Friends are and where they are going as well as the ability to monitor this via an activity feed.  Over time, there are a lot of fun ways we plan to extend these features.  The nice thing about how we are approaching this is that it all happens automatically simply by sending TripIt an email with your travel plans.

Below is the text from our release note on MyFriends and other great enhancements in the release…

Dear TripIt Beta User,

We encourage you to come experience all the recent improvements at TripIt. Just forward your upcoming travel confirmation emails to plans[at]tripit.com and we’ll do the rest.

We’re especially excited about the recent release of My Friends which enables you to connect with other TripIt users. Once connected, you can view an online calendar of each other’s travel plans so you can keep track of traveling friends or business colleagues. This is the first of many tools that will make TripIt even more useful to organizing your travel…and organizing your friends too.

You’ll also find new Travel Guides for each destination city that automatically pull information from popular sites like Wikipedia and Flickr. We’re still experimenting here so please give us your feedback.

We’ve improved our Printing Options, making it possible to travel with just one printed master itinerary that has all your travel details. Plus, we’ve addressed hundreds of your suggestions (like being able to paste images into your travel notes) and we continue to add support for new Booking Sites including Best Western, Choice Hotels, Hotels.com, British Airways, easyJet, RyanAir, and Enterprise Rent-A-Car, with more sites coming.

Please help us by inviting your friends to join the TripIt private beta. Just login to TripIt at [http://beta.tripit.com/]  and click on “Send TripIt Invite” in the upper-right corner of our Home page. And keep sending all your great suggestions to feedback[at]tripit.com.

Happy Travels!

The TripIt Team