Gogobot Launches Game Mechanics, Making Sharing Tips with Friends Even More Fun
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) July 07, 2011
Gogobot, the social travel site that is disrupting the travel planning space by offering users personalized travel advice via their social networks, announces today a unique new game layer of the site that rewards users based on site engagement.
Gogobot is the first site to build a game layer on top of Facebook Places check-ins, turning check-ins on both Facebook and Foursquare into a game in which travelers compete with friends and members of the community to earn badges and claim the top slot in every city. Gogobot is also the first travel site to leverage game mechanics to drive deeper engagement with its community.
Today, the average Gogobot user spends more than twice as long on the site than any other major planning site. Now, Gogobot users can earn points and badges for sharing travel tips with their friends, allowing them to unlock special badges. Whether it’s checking in in one of the best Hotels in Las Vegas, uploading photos of your latest Hawaii vacation, or sharing your favorite things to do in London, users will be rewarded for their actions on the site with shareable, slick badges.
“Travel planning should be fun, not feel like work. Gogobot users have used the service to share more than half a million of their favorite places across the world with their friends. This new game layer adds a sense of fun, competition, and playfulness with the site. With this integration, the Gogobot community has even more incentive to interact with one another and will have more fun doing it than ever before,” said Travis Katz, Gogobot co-founder and CEO. “Gogobot is all about making planning and sharing your next adventure fun again, and we created badges to reflect that.”
In just six months since launching to the public, Gogobot users have shared more than 550,000 destinations across the globe with their networks on Gogobot. The site won the prestigious 2010 Crunchie Award for best design, and, with more than 100,000 high resolution images it offers one of the richest collections of travel photos on the internet.
Gogobot (http://www.gogobot.com) is writing a new chapter in online travel where friends, not strangers, are the key to creating extraordinary travel experiences. Launched in beta in November 2010, Gogobot helps people tap into their personal networks via Facebook and Twitter to easily get and share travel advice. Gogobot partners with HomeAway, Expedia, Hotels.com, Kayak and Priceline to enable users to book their vacations directly from the site. Gogobot is a great source to find travel information, including Maui hotel reviews, things to do in the Dominican Republic, Silicon Valley hotels or hotels near Fisherman's Wharf. Gogobot’s founders were key to the early success of MySpace and Yahoo Answers and are now bringing this deep understanding of the social web to travel. The company is backed by Battery Ventures, Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors and MySpace founder Chris DeWolfe. Gogobot is based in Menlo Park, California.