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Former Facebook Director of Engineering Ari Steinberg, who headed the social network’s Seattle office, left the company last October, saying that he planned to launch a travel startup. That travel startup is Vamo, which raised $1.6 million in capital, according to TechCrunch.
Facebook’s Open Graph is a popular stop on the itinerary of travel reviews site TripAdvisor, which said engagement on its site is 27 percent higher from users of the social network, adding that one out of three new reviews are posted by users signing in with login with Facebook.
Social media software company Expion released a suite of new tools Monday, expanding its users’ ability to control their messages across Facebook and other social networks.
Many Facebook users worry about their personal identities being compromised on the social network through unfortunate photos or tagged posts. But a University of Cambridge study shows that it’s possible to gain information such as political affiliation and ethnicity just from seeing Facebook users’ likes. Social security firm Secure.me also published a top 10 list of the Facebook applications that require this information when users connect to them.
Facebook wants to push more notifications, alerting users that there are games to be played and applications with which to be interacted, but it wants to make sure that it doesn’t spam people. The site announced Friday that is putting more controls in place to ensure that users aren’t bombarded with notifications that will only be ignored or hidden.
When one of your Facebook friends posts a photo album of their trip to Maui, they’re not just showing off — they might also be acting as a travel agent. Forbes reports that Facebook is becoming a popular travel motivator, because when people see photos and posts from their friends’ vacations, it inspires them to book a flight there, too.
Hungry Facebook users pondering dining options: Wouldn’t it be great if you could combine input from your friends on the social network with reviews from locals in whatever city you happen to be in? Now you can, thanks to Local Picks, a new Facebook application from TripAdvisor.
TripAdvisor launched a new feature today for Facebook users, Friend of a Friend, and its title provides a perfect description of its functions.