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Travel badges

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After a long, good time I had to let go of my Dopplr travel badge. Syncing between services hasn’t been working as flawlessly anymore recently, and it’s a working tool after all, and so with some pain I switch to the Tripit badge.

It’s hideous, or at the very least it doesn’t have a soul, and you can’t granularly select what info to display, both of which make the Tripit badge the far weaker product. (Any good third party badges for Tripit out there?) But on the functional side, Tripit’s fantastic ticket parsing makes info input super easy, and the mobile app is (while also hideous) very functional. I use it all the time and am not aware of any that can keep up.

Dopplr, on the other hand, gave you very granular control. Places visited or trips planned? Check. Include notes on trips? Check. How many trips, and maybe include a map? Check. You get the idea. And everything looked so, so much better, because the team thought a lot about how to best display information. All the way to actually coming up with a system to auto-generate color codes based on the cities you traveled to, which is both useful and beautiful.

So here they are, the two badges compared. Dopplr left, Tripit right. Now that I can’t use the Dopplr badge, I might just get rid of the badges altogether.

dopplr v tripit

And just for completeness’ sake, here’s the full profile Dopplr would give you. Gorgeous! Boy, I’ll miss it, even though I never made it past the average speed of a duck.

dopplr profile

That said, it’s no secret I like it when travel services are built with a love for detail.

Dopplr’s new public profiles: gorgeous stats

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Last week I noticed that some Dopplr users’ profiles looked somewhat different than others’ and wondered why. Well, now it’s public: Dopplr now offers trips with several stops (which is very useful), but also access to more travel stats, all neatly wrapped up in funky eye candy like Raumzeitgeist (seen below). My favorite improvement? I have a hard time deciding between the trip visualization above and the average speed calculator below Raumzeitgeist.

Dopplr Public Profile

Needless to say, in the last nine or so months I haven’t traveled enough to really make any of these two visualizations worthwhile. I have a fair bit of traveling coming up, so from a Raumzeitgeist perspective, I can promise some improvements there.

Upcoming: Valley Trip. Wanna meet up?

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Most of you live in the States – that’s what my blog stats say, and that’s my experience from talking to you, too. Also, with quite a few of you I’ve emailed, chatted, or talked during the last couple of years. (I just realized: This blog is turning two years old just about these days.) It’s always good (and great fun) to get to learn the faces behind those blogs and screen names.

So, to cut a long story short: Starting 18 March, I’ll be on a trip to the Valley region. I’ll be staying in Palo Alto with a Stanford friend, but trips around the Valley are (yet to be) planned. (Exact dates, see the Dopplr badge below.) Wanna meet up? Drop me a line: peter@thewavingcat.com.

Also, which events are you going to that I definitively shouldn’t miss? I’m looking for all things along the line of Social Media Breakfasts, Twitter Meet-Ups, or great concerts. Again, please drop me a line to peter@thewavingcat.com. Thanks!

Looking forward to putting more faces to all those names.

ps. Connect via Twitter for easy coordination: http://twitter.com/thewavingcat