So…maybe it IS time I get off My Space. I have been wondering where everybody went.
As A. Wannabe Travelwriter, I have made an attempt to follow the winds of social media, especially as how it relates to travel.
Clearly, Facebook—like a number of other online sites—while not quite yet sounding the death knell for the written guidebook—has surely changed the landscape of how we do our travel planning, as well as what we do when we get to our destination.
Thus, I was not so surprised a few weeks ago when I read an article about how people are “hooking up” via social media sites—Facebook in particular—when making airline reservations.
At least two airlines were quick to take advantage of how we use Facebook in our daily lives.
“Dutch carrier KLM began testing a program it calls Meet and Seat, allowing passengers to upload details from their Facebook and use the data to choose seatmates.”
“Malaysia Airlines introduced MHBuddy, an application that allows users who book and check in via the carrier’s Facebook page to see whether any of their ‘friends’ will be on the same flight or in their destination city at the same time.”
This method of planning for air travel assumes at least two important facts; the first is that you have not been making up personal details about yourself, where you really look a lot more like Michael Moore than George Clooney.
And two, you have any desire, whatsoever, to let the hundreds of random people who are somehow on your list of Facebook Friends, even know where you are going, let alone wish to spend your travel time with them.
I personally don’t see myself making use of these travel applications, but you can bet good money—maybe even 100 billion dollars of it—that many others will.
While I am not an expert on planetary astrophysical dynamics, does anybody else find it a very strange coincidence that the same weekend Jedi social media guru Mark Zuckerberg puts his epic IPO on the table, there is a shift in the interplanetary movements, where for at least a short time, Facebook will even eclipse the light from the sun?
May the Force be with Facebook and the market with the rest of us.