Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Holiday Travels!

Hope everyone is enjoying themselves this time of year, we are! We've been making some significant updates to the site, some changes you've seen already, and there's many more to come. More and more people are joining and using the talkback feature to let us know what they like and what could be better.

With our next big update we'll be sending out a message to all our members, and updating this blog of course, and make sure everyone is informed. It's exciting to watch Trip Hopping grow, hop on my friends, and stay safe!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Ride, make stops, have good time

Exciting this have been happening with Trip Hopping, some I'll save for another time, but there's been great new developments since the last post.

The travel page rocks. It looks a lot cleaner, different travel styles are separated and have become more accessible. Finding and posting rides has become easier and more detailed. Now you can add multiple stops along your trip, not just a start and end. To make it better, we even suggest stops for you based on where your friends are and places you've added to your map that may be along your route. Speaking of your map, now your stops and destinations from rides your offer or request are automatically added to your map as future destinations if they weren't there already.

Craigslist rides are also displayed better, just roll over them with your mouse and the entire post is shown in a box on the same page, it saves you the hassle of clicking the link to a whole new web page, cutting out that step encourages you to look at more rides that may be what you're looking for.

Maps keep getting better and many people have expressed interest in an embed feature to put it on there blog or elsewhere. Done. Just throw an iframe up with this as the source:

In general a lot of small bugs and quirks were fixed making the site quicker and more reliable. I'm sure everybody will notice other small little treats along the way, and as always, use the Talkback link at the top of every page to let us know what you like, what you don't like, and what you want.

Some features coming very soon include the addition of Flickr on profiles (if you're in a hurry just hit the talkback with a link to your flickr page and I'll get it working just for you). Good times, and happy tripping!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

New Members, Features, and Ways to Talkback

We've had some more people using Trip Hopping, and we're expecting a wave of people to join in the coming weeks, it's an exciting time. I've been working on fixing bugs, adding new features, and making general tweaks to make everyone happy.

Talkback to us! If the site acts funky or does something unexpected, we need to know so we can fix it. At the top of every page you'll see the talkback link, click that to quickly report a bug, suggest a new feature, or just tell us what you like.

Add that bus you know about. At the heart of Trip Hopping is the ability to find all the means of travel from one place to another. While posting rides is probably the most fun way to travel, there's also super cheap buses and other ways to travel. Now you can add buses you know about to the site so other travelers can find them too. You'll see a list of added transportation methods when you do a search in the travel section, along with a link to "Add Transit" yourself.

Text message alerts to your phone when your friend gets somewhere new. You decide which friends you'd like to get updates from when they arrive somewhere new. Go to settings and add your mobile number, then your friends page to check which friends to get the updates from.

Much more is coming, with all these new users we'll start getting a better idea of what everyone wants and what our priorities should be. Happy Trip Hopping!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Introducing Trip Hopping

A year ago I (Kenny) started working on Trip Hopping unknowingly, long before it was called Trip Hopping, I simply had the idea to create a resource and tool for getting around easier and keeping my friends up to date with my travels. I met Larry couchsurfing in Phoenix, he loved the idea and the name Trip Hopping came about, we've been working on the project ever since.

The meat of Trip Hopping is rideshare and travel. We want people to see every possible method of travel to get to where they're going, and that includes offering and requesting rides from fellow travelers. We think that if people have a profile with references from people they've rode with before travelers will be more willing to offer and request rides.

Profiles are more than just references, but a window into each person's travels. You can have a map showing where you are now and places you visited or plan to visit. Videos, pictures and travel blogs can be imported from popular sites like YouTube and Picasa (adding support for more sites in the future), when you first log in you'll see the most recent locations and stories your travel friends have to offer.

Like any new site we are feeling things out. Some things may act funny, some things you'll love, and you'll have ideas for cool additions to the site, we do too. Shoot an email to with anything and everything on your mind, we love feedback.

Happy Trip Hopping everybody!