Travel Trends – Dopplr, YouSendIt, WAA
Dopplr – “Dopplr is an online service for frequent travellers. It lets you share your future travel plans with a group of trusted fellow travellers that you have chosen.” Dopplr, a relatively new site that is still in private beta, allows you to add upcoming trips to your profile and automatically update any friends and family of your travel whereabouts. You could describe the social-networking / travel planning site as a travel version of Twitter. Let your friends know where you are going and find out if any of them will be there at the same time. (Editor’s note: Dopplr is based out of the U.K., hence the ‘English’ English spelling of travellers in the company description)
YouSendIt – Yesterday a co-worker was having trouble receiving a large file from an outside vendor. Typical issue, the file was too large to email into our network, mailing a CD would take too long and there was not an easy-to-use FTP site available. Enter YouSendIt, a simple site that allows users to upload large files and then automatically email the link to the file. While I would not recommend sending confidential documents via YouSendIt, the system works great for those large PowerPoint or Excel files that we all have. Several other companies offer similar services, but YouSendIt is free (for basic service) and easy.
WAA – The Web Analytics Association (WAA) announced a big step towards industry standardization with the acceptance of 26 standard definitions for web analytic metrics. The 26 terms focused on the areas of unique visitors, visits/sessions and page views. It is about time…