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Sixteen billion dollars.
That's how much Facebook just handed over to WhatsApp, the free SMS messaging app. When all is said and done, the deal is closer to $19 billion, and it's a shocking sum to pay for a company that offers its services for free to users.
Regardless, we've heard "are you on WhatsApp?" the world over, and it's especially popular in regions of where Facebook is not. For example, in India WhatsApp boasts 35 million users, which sounds incredible until you hear the total for globally active users of WhatsApp tops 430 million. This is approaching the entire global telecom SMS volume, and today's news will surely help the app reach and quickly surpass the 500 million milestone. Microsoft paid $8.5 billion for Skype's 300 million users in 2011, so WhatsApp's price does seem right.
Still, $16 billion is a heck of a lot for an app which has famously shirked advertising income, but the result is a simple-to-use, simply designed, free service that fulfills a basic modern need.
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At Jaunted, we strive to bring you the news, not be a part of the news. Today, we did both, and we wanted to take some time to talk about that.
Thousands upon thousands of retweets and shares, and even more regurgitation by general media, of our early and comprehensive coverage of this morning's Ethiopian Airlines flight 702 hijacking started the week. The news of the situation first broke out and took hold thanks to the diligent research and tweets of John Walton, aviation journalist, former contributor right here at Jaunted, and current Director of Data for Routehappy.
The bulk of the action transpired online around 6:00am local time in Geneva, or midnight in EST. The Twitters of John (@thatjohn), and of our own Editor, Cynthia Drescher (@JetSetCD), quickly became the top source accounts for updates on the situation (even yielding a recommendation from Twitter's Director of Data, @smfrogers), despite being 4,000 miles removed from Geneva.
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We've said it before and we'll say it again now: KLM consistently kills it on Facebook. Even beyond Facebook, the airline does stupendously across the board with social media, and it's no wonder considering they employ 130 social media "agents" to answer the approximately 35,000 interactions on Facebook and Twitter every week.
With so much online action, KLM is now set to up their game by accepting payments via Facebook and Twitter, for everything from flight bookings and seat reservations to flight changes and extra baggage.
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Virgin America has always been the US' new little airline that could, and the intrepid company has fought for every bit of cool cache they carry, helped along by introducing many "firsts."
For example, Virgin America was the first airline to produce a flight attendant-based TV show, the first airline with an advanced seatback entertainment system including food and beverage ordering functions, the first to fly nonstop between New York and Palm Springs, the first to film a movie completely on scheduled flights, and the first airline to do Instagram promotions. Now they can tack another first onto this impressive list: that of creating the first in-flight social network.
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Social media is one of the best ways for travelers both real and "armchair" to have a window into new destinations and inspiration for yet more travel. When it comes to Instagram, there's no other account that gets as many likes as the folks behind the Tourism Australia profile. These are the same people who posted the full-frontal pic of a kangaroo? Yeah, same guys.
The @Australia account belongs to the tourism board and uses photos snapped by locals and visitors, then uploaded and tagged with #seeaustralia. On average, each Aussie post receives around 8,200 likes, which is in stark contrast to an average 360 likes for photos on other tourism board accounts.
Whether you’re interested in flight deals, the latest in travel tech, or just tropical beach daydream fodder, you should totally check us on on Facebpok.
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City guides, maps, or whatever you want to call them can come in pretty handy as you make your way through a foreign land, and that’s especially the case when the WiFi or cellular connectivity is at a minimum. Jauntful is now arriving on the scene with exactly that, as they’ve got printable and shareable guides to your favorite spots across the globe. If their name sounds familiar it does to us as well; however, as far as we know there’s no connection to your pals over here at Jaunted.
It's just a preview as of now, but how it works is that you just start typing away your favorite restaurants, attractions, and other picks to check out. They’ll go ahead and start filling things out right on a map, and once you’re done it will be available for download and to share. You’ll be able to watch as your friends check-off spots they’ve visited based off your recommendations, so you can remind them to visit places they missed—or they can fill you in on experiences that really missed the mark. There’s the ability to add notes as well, so feel free to add it all the details and reminders that you just need to share.
Hello from Rio de Janeiro!
While the snow inundates the Northeast of the US, we're soaking up the sun during the southern summer in Brazil Along with TAM Airlines, we'll be on the ground in Brazil this week and next, swaying to the beat of samba and bossa nova, and letting the fever for the World Cup and the impending Olympics guide our feet.
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An unordered list of things that we thought we knew about Ryanair and social media: Ryanair hates social media, when Ryanair does use social media it's only in a deeply hateable way, and - if the airline's PR shop is any guide - you have to hate other people to do social media on Ryanair's behalf. So basically, everything you'd expect from a company where the CEO spent years openly denigrating customers, at one point suggesting that recession-plagued Greeks could pay for flights with goats.
Every so often, a traveler needs to have a good rant. Here, Jaunted Editor Cynthia shares a few thoughts on an old guidebook and its dwindling power.
The book 1,000 Places to See Before You Die was first published in 2003. It was a steamroller of a hit, topping best seller lists (especially around graduation time in the spring) and finding its place on the bookshelves of anyone who’d listed “travel” as one of their interests.
I was a bookseller at the time, enjoying steady employment after a year of wandering Europe “on a shoestring," and getting that book into shopping bags was something of my specialty. Indeed I was suited for the job, having racked up postcard moments at nearly 100 of those 1,000 sites.
Ten years later, what has changed? The book is still for sale, now ranked #95,806 on Amazon. My area of expertise remains the sharing of travel information, although you’re getting it for free now. A shift has come, alas, in the way travelers compile bucket lists.
At this point we’re pretty familiar with using Twitter in the world of travel. Airlines use it, destinations use it, and of course we use it as well. However, one new user seems to be doing the Twitter thing right from the water, as sharks are now on social media down in Australia.
Those splashing, surfing, and swimming in waters over in Western Australia can now do so with a little less worry, as there’s a Twitter feed dedicated to alerting those to potential shark sightings in and around the area. The best part is that sharks are kind of using Twitter all on their own.
Think your Facebook page is all fun and games (and friend of friend's baby pictures?). Well, you're right to an extent, but recently Vimeo co-founder Zach Klein discovered that it also does double-duty as a form of acceptable identification for passing US airport security.
Klein forgot his drivers license, but was able to show TSA staff his Facebook page to establish his identity while passing through security on December 22. Our sister site, CN Traveler, picked up the story from there: