Travel search company SideStep has launched Trips, a social travel application built on Facebook Platform, which enables companies and developers to build applications for the Facebook website. (5/28/2007)
SideStep’s Trips application will enable Facebook users worldwide to share their travel plans and to make new friends while traveling.
SideStep’s Trips application has been worked upon for the specific needs of the Facebook audience. Using Trips, Facebook users can list upcoming trips as well as future travel interests, then display them on their profile page to their friends and networks. Additionally, users can search for other Facebook users with similar travel interests and discover who will be traveling or has traveled to the same destinations, according to an official release.
Rob Solomon, President and CEO, SideStep. "With our new Trips application, we will help connect traveling Facebook users with those who share similar travel interests, particularly those traveling to the same destination at the same time.”
It was also shared that Facebook has launched Facebook Platform, a development platform that enables companies and engineers to integrate with Facebook and gain access to millions of users.
“Facebook Platform creates an ecosystem for developers to build applications that deeply integrate into Facebook and use its social graph,” said Mark Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO of Facebook. “By enabling developers to make applications within Facebook, we’re working together to create a better utility for millions of people.”
Facebook users communicate and share information through the social graph, the network of connections and relationships between people. With more than 24 million active users, Facebook is the sixth-most trafficked website in the US.