Seattle, WA (PRWEB) April 16, 2014
Trover (http://www.trover.com), an explorer community startup serving travelers and local culture enthusiasts, announced today new micro-blog storytelling features for Trover Lists in its iPhone travel app, which is already popular among travel bloggers and explorers worldwide. With a highly engaged travel community living a wanderlust lifestyle, the new storytelling tool makes it easy for explorers to create personal introductions for their Trover Lists. The Trover Lists, which are original geo-tagged photo guides that are personally annotated, recommend the best places to visit, whether 5 or 5,000 miles away. Trover has also added a new Nearby tab to help travelers immediately see the latest local discoveries in the areas of Food & Drink, Entertainment and Outdoors captured by recent explorers, including walking and driving directions to get there.
"With a 400 percent increase in new Trover Lists this quarter, we're getting a strong message from the community about how they love to build collections of great things to see and do," said Jason Karas, co-founder and CEO of Trover. "Whether Trover Lists are being created to share trips, bookmark new places to go, or simply for fun, the ability to provide greater descriptions gives our community a chance to add a more personal flavor to their visual collections on Trover."
Trover has been built from the ground up to be the best travel app for explorers to share photos and place-based stories that inspire others to get out and experience the world. With hundreds of thousands of places and images already shared, the growing global community is popular among travelers who want a more place-centric way to discover and share new places to travel compared to Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr, as well as a more visual, Pinterest-like experience compared to TripAdvisor and Yelp.
The highly visual photo guides captured in Trover Lists are one of the driving forces behind Trover’s growing popularity. Every day, users can visit the Top Trovers, which showcase the most popular members within the global Trover community, as well as Featured Trover Lists, which are photo collections that are hand selected by the Trover editorial team. City Pages also showcase the venues, hidden gems and more in nearly every city in the world, which can be used for planning trips from afar or as mobile travel guides for those who like to get off the beaten path in their current area. Users can create their own lists using suggestions offered by Trover like “Been There Too,” “Dream Destinations,” “Spots to Try” or create an unlimited number of custom Trover Lists. For example, Karas has created 56 Trover Lists that range from “Waves I Wants to Surf,” and “Action Adventures” he aspires to try someday to “Fishing Holes” he wants to explore. The new storytelling feature for Trover Lists will help members make their photo guides even more personalized to not only document the experience, but to also make it easy for others to discover and discuss. Trover Lists can also be added to any website to with Trover’s recently released Widgets.
When a photo is uploaded into Trover, it is immediately categorized by exact location and includes insight written by the photographer that becomes socially discoverable by the entire Trover community. The community can visually browse through an eye-catching collection of thumbnail images and Trover Lists to get authentic tips from explorers who have already been there. As the user scrolls, a mileage indicator guides them to other places to visit in nearby neighborhoods, towns, states and beyond, allowing users to spontaneously explore new places with visual guides of great things to do. Trover’s community of explorers can also comment on photos, ask questions, create and add photos to custom Trover lists, and connect with other like-minded travelers, which has helped Trover bring thousands of people together via beautiful photos and stories of locations and destinations.
Trover is a visual guide to the best of everywhere, powered by travel geeks and culture enthusiasts, gut-checked by peers, and lusted after by aspirational newbies. Accessible via the web and an iPhone app, it’s a community for people to share their photos, get recognition for their discoveries, and find inspiration for their next jaunt. The hundreds of thousands of beautiful, annotated photos posted on Trover span 175 countries and represent experiences as varied as zip lining in Singapore, flea markets in Brooklyn and cocktails in Kyrgyzstan. Trover is a private company funded by Concur, Benchmark Capital, General Catalyst Partners, and Ignition Partners, with offices located in Seattle, Washington. Trover was founded by experienced entrepreneurs Jason Karas, CEO, with a background in social and mobile technologies, and Rich Barton, who founded Expedia.com and co-founded Zillow. For more information, visit http://www.trover.com or connect on Facebook or Twitter.
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