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Happy Holidays (time to enjoy these NEW features!!!) :)

Travel Forums System Talk Happy Holidays (time to enjoy these NEW features!!!) :)

1. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

Well, seeing as we know no one likes to spend their holidays without new toys to play with, (especially me!), we slaved away on the last day before the holidays to push a few new features and updates live.

First things first, Eric in his new role, decided we should get on board and start a 'corporate blog'. No matter that we're two years late with this, but at least we now have a few more people than just Peter and I to actually post (both the regular readers of my blog will know I absolutely stink at this). Keep your eye on this for general rants about travel, things around the office, what's keeping us occupied and last but not least, why the heck we weren't included on this list of 50 travel websites?!! You get the drift; anything on our minds might well be published here.

Next, more map related features! Thanks to Sander, it is now possible to insert maps in zoomed in state directly into your blog entries. This is very useful! I've written a quick 'how to' guide to this functionality in the new TP blog.

Peter couldn't resist the urge and has included the functionality (under the map management area) to see how many kilometres each trip mapped has covered. Naturally this serves no real purpose other than bragging rights, but it's a lot of fun. Trip lengths are also included in your member profile for latest trips.

Last but not least, videos! It's been our intention for a while to allow videos to be displayed in blogs, and yesterday this went live. You can upload videos here. This functionality is actually provided by a third party website, but you never have to leave Travellerspoint. A collection of your videos will be available to you through your own video gallery. Entering these in your blogs is easy as cake. Just click on the Video button while writing an entry and select the title from the first dropdown list (option 1).

Not only that, you can also display videos without actually having to upload them. All you need is the unique video ID from one of the sites that we've included in the system (currently YouTube and iFilm, but we'll consider more if required) to enter using option 2 in the video insert window and you're set. Example of a YouTube video inserted in my blog.

That's it for now; hope you enjoy!

Okay, so maybe it wasn't quite that bad as two bottles of wine also mysteriously disappeared during this perceived 'slaving away'....

[ Edit: Added link... ]

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 9y

Quoting Sam I Am

Keep your eye on this for general rants about travel, things around the office, what's keeping us occupied and last but not least, why the heck we weren't included on this list of 50 travel websites?!!

That one's easy. "50 Travel Sites - You've Probably Never Heard Of". And obviously everyone will have heard of travellerspoint by now. It's only the awesome-est travel website out there, after all, plus all eighty thousand (!) of us are ceaselessly promoting it every day to those few lost souls who don't know yet. :)

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 22, 2006, at 6:22 PM by Sander ]

3. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 9y

The Trip Advisor site looks like a dog's breakfast.

The corporate blog is an excellent idea.

4. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 9y

Opps, video is a great idea, but I seem to have uploaded it and it's gone into hyperspace.
Shame it was damn funny too.

Happy new year guys, keep up the great work and don't believe a word James is saying

5. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

Hey Jase, it seems to have uploaded it; is it not showing in your video gallery? I'll message you a direct link to see if it's the correct one ;)

6. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

Another cool set of features added. Thanks guys!

Quoting Sam I Am

Last but not least, videos! ... A collection of your videos will be available to you through your own video gallery.

Is there a way for others to see your video gallery? I can't see a link to it from the member's profile page?

7. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

Quoting GregW

Another cool set of features added. Thanks guys!

Quoting Sam I Am

Last but not least, videos! ... A collection of your videos will be available to you through your own video gallery.

Is there a way for others to see your video gallery? I can't see a link to it from the member's profile page?

Currently, outside from displaying them in your blog as I've done in the sample blog, no. But we can add this relatively easily and had expected the question. We just wanted to wait, test the system and see users feedback a little before finalizing.