During college we learn to expand our network of friends, co-workers, peers, and general acquaintances. After college we still use Facebook, Twitter, Skype, etc to stay in touch. However in today’s social media world the lack of face to face communication is drastically shrinking. Although Apple’s Face-time feature and the software Skype allow users to communicate “face to face” it still can not compare to old fashion sit down over a cup of coffee conversations. That in person interaction is a basis to build a friendship, it helps to put all the “lol” or emoticons used online in conjunction with that person’s real life facial reactions, similes, laughs, and tone of voice.
Moving Toward Real Time Interaction
Google is expanding on this with the launch of Google+, which promotes simple and efficient ways to get friends together through huddle, circle, and hangout features. Using the hangout feature or the huddle feature help groups of friends talk together. Huddle, which uses text messaging on one chain for multiple people, is a fun and efficient way to keep everyone in the loop. Think of it as a chat room via phone – a group of your friends all replying and seeing eachother’s responses on one text conversation. Despite using Facebook, Google, or Skype to gather friends together I have not found a site that helps physically move friends across cities/states to one destination.
In Person Travel
A new site called TripHuddle does just that by combining social media sites/circles of friends who want to visit each other on one site. The premise behind this, described on the site’s history section, refers to six friends who spread across the country after college graduation. They used the same tactics as I have, using social media to stay in touch, but arranging to meet in person was a different story. In so TripHuddle was born:
“TripHuddle is a social trip-planning solution we created so that anyone could use their social network to plan better trips. TripHuddle users are able to organize complex trip details, work together to create an itinerary, and share their travel plans with friends and family. Each trip created has its own profile and features a list of who’s going, a shared calendar for events, and a bulletin board to post thoughts and questions.”
Registeration is fast and free ! I love that is contains trip information in one place and takes away the mutliple calls, texts, emails, and facebook events. Planning a trip whether across the state or across the country with multiple people is difficult and TripHuddle helps make it a little easier. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not down playing the leaps and bounds other technology has produced in online communications (Facebook, Face-time, Skype, etc). TripHuddle is another tool in our toolbox of social media sites to help bring our ever expanding network of friends, colleagues, and acquaintances that much closer.