"Are you tired of having “average” and boring vacations? Here is a list of some amazing destinations where you can enjoy a completely different experience and go on the adventure of your life. These are for the curious travelers who are not afraid to try something new and are looking to witness the beauty of our planet."
Along its journey to commercialization, Twitter has been experimenting with elements of e-commerce to turn tweets into transactions. The idea is that a business can push out a media-laden tweet with a call to action that results in an actual purchase. This would then be further enhanced by recently added engagement platforms, such as Periscope.
Hopefully we won’t have to fly without the in-flight shopping guide that is SkyMall for too much longer. As of March 27, there’s a new publisher in town: C&A Marketing out of Ridgefield Park, New Jersey.
Any travel brand that expects to do well on social media has a strong presence on at least half of the Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube platforms. Skift took a look at the brands that drive the highest social activity within the most active social sectors, and compared what they are doing on image-dependent platforms like Pinterest, Vine and Tumblr. Of the top five airline, booking sites, destinations, hotels and media brands, Skift found that 75% are on Pinterest, 70% are on Vine, and 30% are on Tumblr. The top five destination travel brands by followers are:
Walt Disney Resorts
U.S. Department of the Interior
Tourism and Events Queensland
Click here to view the top media brands, airlines, booking sites and hotel brands by followers.
Why we love Facebook so much: It taps the brain’s pleasure center
Lots of studies have worked toward figuring out what exactly goes on in our brains when we’re participating in social media—specifically, Facebook.
A recent one discovered a strong connection between Facebook and the brain’s reward center, called the nucleus accumbens. This area processes rewarding feelings about things like food, sex, money and social acceptance.
When we get positive feedback on Facebook, the feeling lights up this part of our brain. The greater the intensity of our Facebook use, the greater the reward.
Early adopters around the world are all wound up for the April 24 release of the Apple Watch and airlines are among the travel-related companies scrambling to make sure their apps are watch-compatible.
So-called “social-capital seekers” increasingly structure travel with online followers in mind and aim to document it instantly via Facebook Inc., blogs, Twitter or “selfie” photos on Instagram Inc., the Future Foundation report for booking system specialist Amadeus IT Holding SA said on Thursday, predicting the “appetite will be ravenous for moments of shareable wish-fulfillment.”
Brushstroke Many apps can make your photos look like paintings, but this one outshines the rest. Channel van Gogh or Warhol with effects that range from “illustration” to “experimental.” Then tweak the surface texture (think “canvas” or “stucco”) and color quality. You can even have your work framed and shipped to your door. $2.99; iOS.
As initiatives go, Open Data is still in its infancy, with most early-adoptersonly two or three years out from the release of their first data sets. As the CEO of APPCityLife, a civic tech company supporting the delivery of those data sets into useful civic mobile apps and tools, I’ve had the privilege of being a part of the Open Data movement from those early days and have learned a bit about what has worked well for some of our early clients. Here are three reasons I believe that every city with an open data initiative should be producing and supporting official mobile apps from some of their own open data feeds.
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