May 02, 2008 09:49 ET

Social Networking Website for Travelers Receives "Official Honoree" Distinction for the 12th Annual Webby Awards

ROLLING HILLS ESTATES, CA--(Marketwire - May 2, 2008) - TravBuddy (, a social networking website for travelers, today announced that it has received an "Official Honoree" distinction for the 12th annual Webby awards. Only fourteen sites within the Travel category received the "Official Honoree" distinction.

Hailed as the "Oscars of the Internet" by the New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites, Interactive Advertising, Online Film & Video, and Mobile Websites. The awards are judged by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, a global organization that includes David Bowie, Harvey Weinstein, Arianna Huffington, AKQA Global Creative Director Rei Inamoto, Matt Groening, Jamie Oliver, Internet inventor Vinton Cerf, and RealNetworks CEO Rob Glaser.

TravBuddy is a social networking website catered exclusively for travelers. Members can share their future travel plans and meet travel buddies who are planning to travel to the same places. Over 2,500 real-life introductions have taken place as a result of TravBuddy, including many large unofficial "meetups," with dozens of attendees congregating in locations as varied as San Francisco, Amsterdam, and Germany. TravBuddy also contains tens of thousands of travel blogs, travel reviews, and travel photos, all submitted by members of the site.

"We feel honored to have received such a distinguished accolade," says Eric Bjorndahl, CEO. "This distinction puts us in great company, and we are proud of our employees and our members for what they have accomplished in such a short amount of time."

The 12th Annual Webby Awards received nearly 10,000 entries from over 60 countries and all 50 states. Out of more than 10,000 entries submitted, fewer than 15% received this honor and were deemed Official Honorees.

About TravBuddy:

TravBuddy is an online travel community and service with over 1.3 million members that helps people find travel companions, share personalized travel recommendations, and record travel experiences. It was started by two brothers, Eric and David Bjorndahl, in 2005. For more information, please visit

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