November 02, 2007 09:01 ET to Support New OpenSocial APIs

Common APIs for Building Social Applications on the Web, Launched by Google Today, to Benefit

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - November 2, 2007) - today announced that it will be supporting the new OpenSocial APIs launched today by Google as a fundamental step toward making the web more social more quickly and easily.

As a pioneer in the arena of user-generated content and one of the largest online travel communities in the world, is a strong supporter of OpenSocial, a set of common APIs for building social applications across the web. This programming model created by Google allows programmers to develop applications that create a unique experience for users; allowing them to pick and choose how they receive and contribute travel content. All of which gets more people engaged in the community. has an application running in the developer sandbox provided on orkut.

"Since 1999 we have been bringing travelers together through our primary site, and now with the explosion of social applications we are always looking to give users additional ways to enjoy all that VirtualTourist provides. We know OpenSocial will be one of those," said J. R. Johnson, CEO and co-founder of

OpenSocial is a set of common APIs, launched today by Google, for building social applications on the web. Common APIs mean that developers only have to learn once in order to start building social applications for multiple websites, and any website will be able to implement OpenSocial and host social applications. OpenSocial will bring more powerful and pervasive social capabilities to the web because developers will be able to develop and distribute their applications more easily. Users will be able to enjoy new social features faster and in more of the websites, web applications, and social networks they use. More information is available at

About is one of the largest online travel communities and a premier resource for travelers seeking an insider perspective on travel information, from Las Vegas hotels to New York City restaurants. At, real people share real advice on places they've traveled as well as their hometowns; they research and plan trips, and they interact with other avid travelers via travel forums and email; over six million travelers use the site monthly. VirtualTourist boasts more than 1.5 million travel reviews and 3 million photos on more than 25,000 destinations worldwide. Unbiased, user-generated content on Hotels, Attractions, Local Customs, Tourist Traps and much more is posted entirely by VirtualTourist's more than 940,000 registered members from over 220 countries and territories, and the site's Trip Planner feature allows users to create custom print-and-go travel guides. Among VirtualTourist's awards and accolades: 'Sites that Changed Our World,' The Guardian; 'Favorite Website,' Newsweek; '35 Best Travel Sites,' Travel + Leisure.

Google, orkut, and OpenSocial are trademarks of Google Inc.

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