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Facebook as your travel agent for social scheduling

August 16th, 2013 No Comments

One of my favorite trips of all time was my week in Milan, a city I knew NOTHING about when I arrived. My experience there wouldn’t have been the same without Arnold, a British friend of my BFF Toby that I had connected with a few weeks prior to my arrival.  Arnold, who had lived in Milan for several months by that time was totally dialed into the local scene.  He showed me around town, took me to the hot spots for “aperitivo,” and invited me to watch Milan win the World Cup with his friends. We flooded the streets with the rest of the town that night and partied all night long.

That was a long time ago so Toby connected us via email.  Now you can do the same thing – find a friend of a friend in a city you’re visiting – with one click on facebook.

Since January of this year, Facebook has been rolling out features that allow you to search and engage in a very specific way.  With these improvements, you can book your social schedule when you travel or even if you just hang out in your ‘hood.

GRAPH SEARCH

In the search bar at the top of Facebook, type in something very specific to find friends with similar interests.  For example: “friends who I work with that like to hike” or “friends who live in Chicago that like live music” or “friends who went to [your college here].”  It’s like making an instant invite list without having to brainstorm!

For travel, extend your search by typing “friends of my friends who live in London.” A list of people in London along with their photo and basic info will appear for you to browse.  Hover over the mutual friends link to see which friends you have in common.  Now you’re free to send them a message (or contact the friends you have in common) about meeting up when you’re in town.  To learn more, visit Graph Search’s Facebook page.

MOBILE RESTAURANT RESERVATIONS

This feature JUST launched!  Facebook has teamed up with Open Table so you can make reservations at participating restaurants on their facebook page when you’re searching on your mobile phone.  You’ll see the link under the contact info.  So after you find your friends in London, you can search restaurants, and book a table without ever leaving Facebook.

These facebook guys are pretty clever.  Can’t wait to see what’s next!

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