Rick Seaney, co-founder of FareCompare.com - is a world-class air travel expert.
FareCompare.com presides over a kingdom of sophisticated software that searches out fares and destinations at a billion combinations per query - while keeping track of 500 airlines serving more than 270,000 markets around the globe.
And all of Rick's data is updated continuously - in real-time.
No wonder he's the media's go-to guy for all things air travel. He's got the answers. And he loves to share his knowledge.
That's why Rick and the team created FareCompare.com - to help everyone become an air travel expert, and get the best deals first -- every time they fly.
I am sitting here on a plane without Wi-Fi (how gauche) reading an actual paper version of Time I picked up at the airport newsstand. The cover story is about Facebook, ostensibly about privacy issues if you are to believe the cover’s tag-line, but oh so much more – a must-read.
The cover caught my eye when I was picking up my normal 3 hour flight reading material at the newsstand, the Wall St. Journal and Financial Times.
The cover art appears to have 1,295 icons of Facebook (FB) profile pictures. These folks evidently were part of an “I Want to Be in TIME” FB group contest – not sure why exactly 1,295 icons (looks like they have room for more) but it appears that some have gotten their 3 nanoseconds of fame (one reason to update that profile pic. ;-)
I must admit I am a Twitter aficionado (having just attended the Chirp Developer conference recently) and have been dragging my feet on getting into Facebook whole hog (as well as LinkedIn) which I hope to correct over the next few months.
One reason for my FB reticence has been feeling bad about not accepting “friend” requests from random people – it makes me feel like I am dissing them (which isn’t the case).
Check out the rest of Facebook Article in Time Magazine – A Must-Read…
And you thought Twitter and Facebook was just for kids – no way.
You can find special airfare deals and offers on Twitter and Facebook, that won’t be found anywhere else – because the airlines have taken up social networking with a vengeance – and they in turn want you, in turn, to tell the world just how great they are. And they try to give you reasons for thinking they’re great.
Entrepreneur Magazine has named FareCompare to its annual list of Top 10 Twitter Feeds, or as they put it, one of the “10 of the best Twitter feeds to follow for the latest in travel deals, news, advice and entertainment”.
I’ve gotten into this whole social media thing, and I enjoy it – but I know a lot of you don’t have much time or feel you don’t have the expertise – or maybe you’re thinking, I don’t want to go on Twitter and tell everyone what I’m up to every minute of the day.
Relax – you don’t have to. But there are other good reasons to learn Twitter: it opens up a new channel of communication – that can help you get cheaper flights – and more.
For example, once you get on Twitter, you can do the following:
Follow important announcement from your airline about weather delays and more
Send direct messages to your airline – and yes, a tweet will often get their attention, and an answer (airlines love “social media”)
My editor says it only took her about an hour to “get” Twitter. As she explained it, “I’m a total idiot when it comes to anything the least bit ‘techy’, so I just hired a college kid who lived down the street to teach me the basics. Amazingly enough, it was really easy.”
Did you know that you don’t even have to have a special phone to access twitter? Your computer will work just fine (although you’re not so mobile). Give it a try – and once you do, follow me on Twitter – and see what I’ve got cooking.