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You've arrived. That was a long flight, wasn't it? You unpack, get settled in and finally sit still for a moment, only to have your balance tell you that you're still in motion.
The feeling of being in flight or sailing on water even though you're on solid ground typically manifests itself a few hours after disembarking from a long-haul flight, a cruise, a train trip or really any extended period where you've been in motion. We suffer from it quite regularly, especially after flights over 10 hours and any time spent on a ship. It's wholly unpleasant, but more of an annoyance and a sad reminder that the journey has come to an end.
Still, what do you call this sensation? We always just referred to it as "phantom motion," but it turns out that there are two official names:land sickness (for the feeling of being in flight) and sea legs (for the feeling of being on waves).
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Okay so Twitter's little video sharing app Vine has been around now for four months, and while it's been fun to play with, it hasn't quite caught on to turn any travel-related Vines viral. That said, several airlines have begun to test it out, and even use it in contests, such as when American Airlines awarded a Vine-r with a flight on their 777-300ER to London.
If you're at all curious to watch how airlines make this new social media tool work for them, or you'd just like to follow more Vine accounts in general, here's whose Vine-ing thus far:
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Free WiFI, snacks, drinks, nice restrooms (and maybe showers!), a comfy place to sit, power outletsairline lounges are as near to haven as a traveler can get in an airport. Too bad entry to them is reserved for an airline's most loyal or highest spending flyers...unless you're in possession of a coveted day pass.
Right now, however, American Airlines is welcoming anyone into their Admirals Club lounges with a free day pass, provided you have enough Klout.
You see, AA wants to hear what even those in Economy have to say about the Admirals Clubs, and naturally they also want to hear it on social media. A one-day pass is typically $50, but they'll hand it over for free if you've got a Klout score of 55 or higher. That pass will then grant you access to one of the 37 worldwide Admirals Clubs (we suggest the one at London-Heathrow).
One winner of all will also be chosen for a one year membership to the Admirals Club. Nice!
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Rainn and his fellow Office cast mates were on their way to Scranton for The Office Wrap Party but their plans were derailed when their flight from Philly to Scranton left 10 minutes early. After missing the flight, Rainn unleashed a Twitter rant on U.S. Airways.
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Video-sharing app Vine has existed on the social media scene now for several weeks and, though we've already made our feelings on the Twitter-owned newbie well known, we're still giving it a chance. After all, though the "Instagram of video" lacks so much now, there's real potential for the future if Vine gets cracking on some fresh coding.
Anywho, over two trips in the last two weeks we've attempted to find some usefulness in Vine, andget thiswe succeeded. Vine is best deployed for sharing the tiniest moments in travel, those which would be easily lost in the static menagerie of Instagram. Below are six examples, all shot while we tooled around Hong Kong during Chinese New Year last week.
Note: Control each Vine by clicking on it to pause. Also, click the sound square at the top right of each Vine to enable the audio.
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Elementary logic: all organizations are increasingly leveraging social media, zoos are organizations, therefore zoos are increasingly leveraging social media. What differentiates zoos from other groups, of course, is that their tweets, posts, photos, and videos are much, much cuter.
Our beloved San Diego Zoo probably sets the standard for social media completionismtheir annual Panda Week activities are to the pointbut the National Zoo in Washington, DC is not far behind. Last year they live-tweeted the artificial insemination of a giant panda and the subsequent birth of the panda baby. Both of those were neat but not particularly cute.
The zoo's most recent live-tweeted event did much better on the cuteness front: photos and descriptions of elephant baths.
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Vine. vine. VINE. Everybody's talking about Vine, the free "movie" app from the people at Twitter. Rolled out last Thursday, Vine allows users to create 6-second clips with audio, like a talkie GIF, on an iPhone. The app mainly hit the headlines for a slip-up that placed a porn Vine as an "Editor's Pick." Whoopsies, but it did the job of getting the word out about the new launch.
Clips can be live action, stop motion-style or loops, or a combination of all three depending on how you touch the app. There's no editing capability so a Vine requires extra forethought. Travel is one of only several official categories, and travel Vines are accessed by searched the "#travel" hashtag. The content there is already a complete mess of whatever, with nothing interesting enough to spend more than a second or two watching.
It took us like a half-hour to produce the 5-second Vine embedded below, and it's not like we're proud of it (click the link to make it work--another negative!).
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When it comes to airlines and social media stuff, it seems like KLM is always on the shortlist for carriers who actually utilize it in a useful and slick manner. We’ve mentioned before how they kill it on Facebook, and now it looks like they’re just going for a place in the airline social media hall of fame with something called "Must See Map."
Basically the idea is to rely on your friends and internet pals to help you plan your trip in one way or another. Head over to the map website, select where you’re going and then give the itinerary a slick name. After that you’re free to start adding your own tips and notes to your online map. We did a little sample visit to Paris and we added the Eiffel Tower as a must-see—haha.
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We don’t have time to review the Twitter accounts of each and every famous person, as they do their best to navigate through the world’s airports. So we do apologize for missing this one a couple weeks ago, but we still think it’s worth mentioning. It seems that Emma Watson—famous for doing her thing as Hermione in the Harry Potter films—had a little difficulty with those passport checkers at the airport.
It sounds like she was getting ready to complete her holiday travel, as she was heading into JFK Airport on December 22. Apparently her star power didn’t translate well to the airport officials checking passports, as they were pretty sure that she was traveling by herself—as an unaccompanied minor.
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Do this today: Let Delta know you're on Twitter.
In case you haven't already seen, Delta launched a massive website redesign over this last weekend, their first redo since 2010. The site is clean, visually engaging (ours opened to a large image of the Brooklyn Bridge) andbetter yetincludes features designed to sync with your social media life.
As we're leaving on a Delta jet plane tomorrow, we logged in to check a few things and noticed Delta now not only encourages you to link your Facebook profile to their site, but they'd also like to know your Twitter handle, pretty please.
As their @DeltaAssist account has been successfully helping flyers for a few years now, we're not so surprised they're asking for our details back. We are however surprised that Delta is still perhaps the only airline actively incorporating a Twitter handle into the loyalty accounts of their travelers.
Here's how to tell them your Twitter name:
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Visitors to Disney World and Disneyland next year may just need to stay a little more connected than they’re used to, as it looks like the theme parks will be all about social media in the coming months. Instead of announcing a new roller coaster, attraction, or other ride—in their defense they’re working on a couple things—next year is all about what they’re calling “Limited Time Magic.”
Each and every week will feature new events and fun stuff, as little surprises and celebrations are scheduled on and off all year long. Disney plans to use Twitter, Facebook, and other internet fun to share the scoop on stuff like character meet-and-greets, limited-time parades, concerts, and other Mickey Mouse activities. Of course there will be chances to grab special edition merchandise and assorted goodies. They've got to move those Mickey ears and shirts, after all.