Jordi Bruin
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🌏 Post Travel Buddies to Product Hunt within 2 weeks

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@jordibruin What is Travel Buddies? Sounds like service for searching people for travel :)
@nikolay_siabrenko it's somewhere in that direction. There is no actual connecting between travellers right now, but that's because I first want to create value for users that are new to the app by focussing on travel tips and suggestions. You can check it our here if you have an iOS device!
@jordibruin ^ Interested in knowing what TB is too! Does it help me meet buddies in travel destinations?
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@wigohunter to some extend it does (although the focus is on sharing tips atm). I started work on it while traveling through Asia earlier this year and I mostly use it to improve my programming skills. The problem it solves is that travellers have tips, but there's not platform to easily follow people and find these tips (most travellers would open Google Maps and add their own pins without the context of who gave the tip) It's out on the App Store right now (and a big WIP web version is on www.travelbuddies.app). Have you ever done anything in travel?
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@jordibruin That sounds really interesting. I'm actually going to move to NYC tomorrow, will check out your platform soon! And although not in travel particularly, I'm also working on a project based on map! Surphaze (https://github.com/WigoHunter/su...) is a side project I'm building. It's basically a social application where makers can find each others on a map :) Let me know if that sounds cool to you, I'm launching a mini beta with 10~20 ppl soon!
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@wigohunter New York, nice! How far from home will that be? There's about a 1000 tips in Asia right now, mostly focused around backpacker culture. So don't expect any / a lot of tips in NYC hah! Surphaze looks cool! Sharing the travellers location on the map is on my roadmap, but has privacy implications especially for women traveling by themselves so I want to get more user feedback before releasing it. Curious to see your approach so sign me up for the beta! πŸ™‚
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@jordibruin Sweet! I'll let you know when the beta is open! Perhaps by DMs on Twitter? I'm going to be REALLY far from home... lol I'm from Taiwan, perhaps also will be able to input some spots on TB!
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@jordibruin Looks awesome! Would +1 the 'find a travel buddy' idea.
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@brendonrell thanks! Do you have any recommendations on how best to approach it from a privacy point of view?
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@jordibruin Great question, what sorts of privacy issues do you see arising? And are you also referencing safety issues? Those would be the first to come to mind (meeting up with the wrong sort of person), and I'm not sure there's a way around most of them. Ultimately it comes down to personal responsibility I think - Tinder et al would have similar challenges.
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@brendonrell Well, my first ideas are to use a similar map-based design. Users would be able to 'check-in' on a city and then in that city there would be an extra 'tip' on the map signifying that there's other travellers in that city. Here I would probably want to create an open conversation area for that particular city (so that conversation is public). I don't want to facilitate private chats at this point in time because I can't foresee how people would use something like this while traveling. And also, people are more open to meeting in public places instead of chatting for extended periods of time is my assumption ( "we're at the beach next to Bar ABC, come have a drink with us" compared to "Where are you from? Oh that's great, where are you traveling to next?") This all seems pretty tame, but I heard some bad stories (mostly from single women traveling) so I want to err on the side of caution till I get some more user feedback!
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@jordibruin Totally makes sense, that's what I thought you were referring to. I suppose the first approach would be to make it always opt-in. After that point, assuming only logged-in users can access it, it's all back to personal responsibility, a la Tinder. I was in a WhatsApp Couchsurfing group while in Amsterdam the past few months, and there didn't seem to be any issues with arranging meetups as you describe above (recognizing it's probably one of the safest cities in the world).
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@brendonrell definitely opt-in yeah! Re: your experience with the CouchSurfing group, did people go from group conversations to one-on-one private ones in WhatsApp to meet up? I just moved to Amsterdam last week so I'm happy to hear that other people find the city safe btw πŸ˜‰
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