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New Social Network Helps Travelers Get Friendly

New Social Network Helps Travelers Get Friendly

Traveling, especially during the holidays, is usually a stressful affair. Not only do you have to worry about the TSA violating your Constitutional rights at the security checkpoint, there are also the faceless crowds of people to elbow through and avoid eye contact with.

Although social networking sites are usually accused of killing our ability to connect and empathize with one another, a new website hopes to be instrumental in resurrecting the art of small talk.

Bumped.in offers travelers the chance to find out who is traveling with them, discover common interests, and make connections by digitally reaching out to the people around them to start in-person conversations.

“I wanted to create the site to allow people to tap into the massive resource pool of commuters traveling in close proximity to one another,” said Bumped.in founder and frequent commuter Kiran Patel. “Maybe you see someone you’d like to go on a date with on the train. Maybe the guy sitting next to you on your flight is looking for a data analyst and you’re a data analyst looking for a job. It could also be as simple as passing helpful travel tips on to the next passenger. The possibilities are really endless.”

Additionally, the free service offers real-time travel information, so that passengers and commuters can receive the latest status updates and transit alerts on everything from delays to travel tips.

Bumped.in is compatible with all major airlines, and many major rail routes, including New York’s MTA, NJ Transit, Chicago’s CTA, San Francisco’s BART and AMTRAK. The service also offers users the options of integrating their Bumped.in profiles with their existing social networking profiles.

A Bumped.in iPhone app is in development and scheduled to launch within the next two months.

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Image Credit: Bumped.in

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Beth Buczynski

Beth is a freelance writer and editor living in the Rocky Mountain West. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog or check out her blog.

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4:45AM PDT on Apr 8, 2013

Very interesting, thanks for sharing.

12:24PM PDT on Jul 9, 2012

It's a wonderful idea, but caution is key...there should be some kind of reference system as with couchsurfing.org so that there is less likelihood of connecting with unsavoury characters.

1:35AM PST on Nov 16, 2011

Why get friendly with strangers?

2:49PM PST on Nov 15, 2011

thanks

2:40PM PST on Nov 15, 2011

Thanks Beth.

12:56PM PST on Nov 15, 2011

Thank you

7:29PM PST on Nov 14, 2011

An idea but probably not for me.

11:39AM PDT on Oct 11, 2011

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/7/hi/
Thanks

3:16PM PST on Jan 1, 2011

I don't use a smart phone but if I did I would definitely be checking this out. Interesting.

9:03AM PST on Dec 26, 2010

i prefer reading and sleeping on travels, so nothing for me.

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