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Virtual race to boost followers online
LAN Airlines have created a virtual Dakar rally contested between French and Spanish bloggers. The goal is to be the first to cover the distance (virtually) from the capital of their country (Madrid or Paris) to Santiago, Chile. To make progress in the race, bloggers compete to gain the largest number of race followers on Twitter and Facebook. Race followers use "tweets” or Facebook messages to add virtual miles to the race progress of bloggers they support.
Why it matters
Travelers are increasingly using social networks when planning their trips abroad. What other innovative ways will we see brands increase their presence online amongst their target audience?
A site that attempts to match travellers on a budget with hosts that are willing to give up their couch, has reached Dubai – the home of opulent hotels and up to seven-star luxury.
Swedish engineers have managed to harness the heat of commuters and use it to generate power. The most impressive part is that the energy generated is then used down the street.