(PRWEB UK) 8 August 2012
The concept behind My Social Passport is that individuals are increasingly mobile, whether on family vacations, business travel, moves or short holidays – and My Social Passport enables users to connect over their location in the world, exchanging stories and tips – and meet new people in the region they are traveling to.
The idea was born when founder, Brennan Basnicki, was on a family vacation to Florida with his sister, mother, and granny in January of 2011. After "a little too much family time" and not meeting anyone his age in the area he decided to look online – "I realized that despite all the social networks out there today, there weren't any good free sites to help people connect with others while traveling or in unfamiliar cities"
After a soft launch in January, My Social Passport is gaining traction with users in over one hundred countries producing more than 350 unique planned trips. And the user-base is diverse; backpackers, expats, students, business travelers, couples, and people trekking, are all examples of the large variety of users looking to meet people in a new city or new country.
Brennan has his eye firmly focused on expansion - "we are now focused on expanding our user base even further and improving upon the sites functionality to make a better user experience for our community". While there are other sites to meet up with travelers or to meet new people, Brennan thinks most have too narrow a focus which limits their long-term viability. "Backpackers only backpack for so long, and not all expats stay in foreign places forever" says Brennan
With the integration of social networks into all aspects of our lives, the site could be a natural evolution of typical age-old methods to meet people. Traditional methods to meet up with new people in a new city or new country can be difficult. Do you sit at that hotel bar all alone when on business travel? Hope to sit beside someone interesting on the plane? What about students and backpackers trekking around the world hoping to find people to travel with? Perhaps a social network can be the solution for this. Digital media director, Erica Stacey, points out that "The difference between an amazing and ordinary travel experience, often lies in the people that you meet".
My Social Passport also appeals to those who aren't necessarily expats, students, or backpackers trekking around the world. Anyone can use My Social Passport to meet up with new people in a variety of circumstances. People relocated for work or family are encouraged to join for example. The site goes so far as to let people sign up as couples in the view that sometime couples too will be in unfamiliar places and would like to meet new people.
In any case, the platform appears to be strong and the idea may just work. Social media has already infiltrated people's personal and business lives, and this simply appears to be the next step. In January comScore reported that the average Internet user spent a record 36 hours online, and among the biggest category gainers in internet usage were travel and career sites.
For anyone in a new city or new country looking to meet people, it may be wise to check out My Social Passport. For more information check out the site description at http://www.mysocialpassport.com/page-about.html or visit the "contact us" link at the bottom of the home page