Posted by: cgratton | April 2, 2009

Twitter Takes on Travel

Twitter, the newest social networking craze to hit the net since Facebook, is being hailed for its  instantaneous, global microblogging abilities.  But Twitter isn’t just for self-obsessed celebrities to notify their followers of their every waking move or bored politicians in need of a filibuster-filling activity.  It can also be an extremely useful (and quick) informational tool for travelers.

The next big name since Obama

The next big name since Obama

In an unfamiliar city and want to find the perfect lunch spot?  Need to know where great, inexpensive shopping can be found?  Twitter can help. Post a question and get a timely response from a local (or fellow traveler) who knows the in’s and out’s of the city way better than any mainstream website critic.

And some people are taking this idea and running with it…er…traveling with it.  Paul Smith, or the Twitchhiker, just finished conducting a truly revolutionary social experiment—to make it around the world in 30 days, blindly relying on the advice of the Twitter community to guide his path, in an effort to raise money to benefit charity:water, a non-profit organization that seeks to ensure safe drinking water for developing nations.

Smith did make it all the way to New Zealand from the U.K., proving the incredibly connective power of social media and the living, breathing goodwill of strangers.

And with Twitter’s following growing ridiculously larger by the minute, the wealth of information available to travelers (or just the curious) is equally on the rise.  Is there anything Twitter can’t do?

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