Figures from Experian-operated Hitwise revealed increased market share for Google, Yahoo! and Ask in November, while in social media MySpace dropped out of the top ten social networks and was replaced by Stumble Upon. Google Sites maintained their dominance of the search market in November with a slight increase of 0.05 per cent market share of total UK Internet searches.
Orbitz Facebook fans are being given the chance to recognize individuals who make the world a better place with the gift of travel through the Orbitz “Gift It Forward” contest on Facebook which allows Orbitz Facebook fans to nominate a deserving neighbor, co-worker, family member, or friend for a luxury vacation to Mexico.
British High Commissioners in Seychelles and Mauritius, Matthew Forbes and Nick Leake, launched a new Facebook Group, www.facebook.com/ukinindianoceannetwork , covering Mauritius, Seychelles, Madagascar, and the Comoros Islands, which will feature up-to-date information and advice from the High Commissions and the UK Foreign Office.
Social media specialist Travelshake.com has developed a facebook application for tourism and travel businesses that lets business owners offer their facebook fans the ideal travel shopping experience on facebook.
JetSuite is offering last-minute daily flight deals through social media site Facebook. Deals are for one-way trips on fleet of brand new, four-passenger Phenom 100 aircraft, and the fare is for the entire plane.
Social networking giant Facebook has launched a new standalone Messenger service, which it hopes will make mobile-to-mobile texting obsolete. The service allows users to send messengers through notifications on the main Facebook page, so “friends are more likely to get them right away”.
Holidaymakers this summer are likely to face data download bills as high as £800 if they use their smart phones to keep in touch with family and friends via facebook and other social media while abroad
The evolution of the social internet is driving “fundamental change in how people search, shop for and purchase travel”. That is the key finding of a study carried out by industry analysts PhoCusWright, which releases its latest report - Social Media in Travel 2011: Traffic, Activity and Sentiment - today.