SOURCE: Placely

May 20, 2008 09:00 ET

Make Your Next Trip More Engaging: Worldwide Travel Sharing Social Network Placely Emerges From Beta

Comprehensive Social Connection Network for Travelers and Travel Guides Integrates Wide Array of Social Tools in One Place to Plan, Share and Connect

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - May 20, 2008) - Travel planning sites, eat your hearts out -- the most comprehensive and seamless travel sharing community, Placely, has debuted its full service website, complete with social networking, flight tracking and research tools for travelers around the world. The site, which offers the capacity to geographically map friends, family and colleagues at any given time, today also launched its new user-friendly interface.

Placely integrates all the travel-related features of popular media and social networking sites, such as Flickr, Tripit, Trip Advisor, Dopplr, Blogger and Facebook, into a single platform. Members can "experience" sharing travel plans and trip updates while staying connected through distinctive group features and a travel network platform. Placely users can log in, update their location and easily connect with family back home or find fellow trekkers to meet while traveling between destinations. Vacationers planning a trip can find extensive, experiential user reviews by location for research and evaluation of the most popular travel destinations in the world.

"Having personally experienced the difficulties of staying connected while on the road, we created Placely to keep in touch with colleagues and friends, while also introducing a game-changing social element," said Denis Khoo, CEO and Co-Founder. "We're excited to embark on this endeavor and introduce an innovative method for travelers to stay connected -- no matter where they are in the world."

Placely taps into the travel niche via the blogosphere as well: renowned travel bloggers have the opportunity to become Official Placely Guides, connecting their voyage experiences with the rest of the online community. The site offers friends, families, colleagues, students and travel aficionados live tracking capabilities for user and group updates for location shifts and travel updates. The site offers search categories for individual interests and upcoming trip plans as well. Social networking and liveblogging features allow those who share similar interests to contact and meet up with new like-minded travelers while on the road. With Placely, users can gradually build out their network by adding co-workers and friends, as well as creating or joining groups based on a specific category, need, timeframe, and relevance. For more information on Placely, visit

About Placely

Founded in 2007 and based in Los Angeles, Placely is transforming social networking for road warriors and other frequent travelers with its capacity to geographically map friends, family and colleagues at any given time -- past, present and future. Founded by social, leisure and business travelers, the Placely mission is to create an "experience tool" for sharing travel logistics, updated plans and stories from the road. For more information on staying connected while traveling, please visit

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