Unlike most of generic-purpose social platforms out there, TripColony spins around a specific topic, travel and tourism. "The best way to travel is to have connections in the places you are visiting" says Brambilla, "Only those who live in a place, or really know it, can provide us with a different experience, away from the tourist stereotypes and the routes recommended by even the most updated guides".
Users become travel promoters, but what does it exactly mean? People are given the chance to share the knowledge they have about the places they know better with others by defining their preferences and even write articles about them. It's possible to state from the best restaurants of the city to the most romantic promenades, passing by for the average public transportation fee.
TripColony chose to implement another feature that differs its userbase. People are suggested to select a generic avatar that represents as close as possible their lifestyle, thus making easy identification of those we are going to talk to or approach. "This is very important", concludes Brambilla, "we all tend to give more value to the opinions of those whose lifestyle is closer to ours", suggesting that it is easier for a person to appreciate somebody's point of view when they are like-minded.
New features are expected to be publically available soon as a Blogs section, featuring Fast Tips and Articles by members.
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TripColony aims to bring something new amongst social network by providing an easy-to-use platform built by travelers for travelers.