Tripatini leads list of top ten travel social networks


Travel social network, which the New York Post called “Facebook for Travelers,” has just been cited by and as the best travel social network of 2010.

“There are numerous travel social networks, and many of them provide a lot of value. But they were not created equal,” said the report. “Instead of only receiving tips from fellow travelers (often the case on other networks), you also get more access to the professionals who can give you the insider tip that will make your travel experience truly memorable. And this in turn allows travel industry professionals to build followers for their own services by providing expert advice.”

Tripatini’s Ask A Travel Expert widget comes in for special praise: “You can embed [it] on your desktop, blog, or Web site to help your site visitors get professional answers… or to help the pros keep tabs on the latest questions they can offer their expertise on.”

Tripatini also offers members their own individual blog spaces, as well as the ability to post pictures and videos, participate in lively discussions, and promote themselves, their blogs, or their agenda on a home page bulletin board. But above all, Tripatini offers nearly 400 discussion groups on everything from Accessible Travel to Zambia and from Adventure Travel to Travel Products to Vermont.

“Tripatini has risen rapidly since its launch a year ago, true validation of our premise: that travelers and travel industry experts both benefit from hanging out together,” said CEO David Paul Appell. “We’re thrilled and honored by this recognition, and look forward to developing more and better ways for travelers and experts to interact.”

In August, named Tripatini in its short list of top travel social networking sites, and Tripatini has also been singled out by, ASTA, the National Tour Association, and other members of the travel community including travel legend Arthur Frommer.