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9 Best Travel-Related Businesses of 2010

With the recession starting to become only a memory, traveling is something that many individuals decided to start doing again, and as a result, so did the presence of new travel-related businesses. There have been some cool ones this year, and the best were of course the most obscure. As we ring in the new year and you start to think about travel plans for 2011, here are some of 2010's best travel businesses to help you out!

Social Media Adds Facebook's Open Graph To The Shopping Cart

As noted in my previous post, "Social Media News Feed Becomes Facebook's New eCommerce Marketplace," brands have learned while having a Facebook fan page is a necessary evil in today's world of eCommerce, very few customers ever revisit a fan page after originally LIKING it. What's needed to motivate consumers is a much more robust experience that allows Facebook to gather information about its users, both on the social network itself and from other Web sites tied to its Open Graph.

GroupMe: Beta Application Makes iPhone Conferencing Easy!

In today's world of remote working, there's a new app that feels like the perfect solution to stay in touch with co-workers all over the place. With my own team located worldwide, I know how hard it is to stay connected and catch people at the same time, but there is a great way for iPhone users to do it now!

Press Don't Panic: New Technology Focuses On Teaching People How To Handle Emergencies

Would you know what to do if someone near you suffered from a seizure or an allergic reaction once panic sets in? You might not have previously, but now there's a business that's released a neat little gadget to offer the ideal solution.

Knickermail: UK Business Offers Sexy Gift Option For The Girl Who's Over Flowers

We've seen businesses that like to stick panties in the mail in the past, but there's a UK company that's just popped up that's taking a bit of a different approach to the business of knickers!

UnHear It: The Ear Worm Solution When You Can't Get A Song Out Of Your Head

There's nothing worse than getting a song stuck in your head, and you know that there's just no hope in ever getting rid of it, until one creative website came up with a way for you to do so.

Jelloware: Drinking Cups That Are Edible And Environmentally Friendly

Dixie is a company best known for their cups proving that sometimes there's one product in a line that becomes the central focus. Another business just may be following in their footsteps in that way, but the fact that cups are the face of the business is about the only shared similarities between this new one and Dixie.

Social Media News Feed Becomes Facebook's New eCommerce Marketplace

As LIKE buttons populate the Web, Facebook is enmeshing itself into the fabric of the Internet to become its defacto eCommerce marketplace. Stand-alone Web sites are no longer enough to attract new or repeat visitors. The old school business model of eBay has become passé and are being replaced by start-ups like Yardsellr that are using the conduit of Facebook's News Feeds to cement deals.

Social Media Surfaces Travel Recommendations From Friends & Followers

Soliciting travel advice before or during a trip is a common practice amongst business and leisure travelers alike. The recommendation from a friend whose opinion one trusts holds much more weight than soliciting advice from strangers. Today, with the assistance of social networks, two new services have developed services that just made that process a whole lot easier.

Social Media's Person Of The Year Networks In '404 Not Found' Territory

Chinese netizens poke fun at the spectacle of Mark Zuckerberg being greeted in a country that bans his Web site. The government's welcoming banner auspiciously reads: Warm welcome to China - the founder of the website '404 Not found.' For a man lauded recently by Time Magazine and whose life is portrayed in an award-winning movie, what motivated the CEO of Facebook to visit the land of the dragon?