Yahoo Trip Planner Released From Beta

Yahoo is taking is community-travel site Trip Planner out of beta. The site has reached a kind of content critical mass and Yahoo has added some cool features in this general release:

  • Trip Journals (blogging; photos can be imported from Flickr)
  • Map-Based Search (You can drag the map and zoom to areas within countries for more specific options)
  • Yahoo! Search Integration
  • There are also a travel recommendations engine based on travel search history, as well as clipping and tagging functionality

In addition to being a useful travel site, with rich user-generated content, in many ways it’s the most impressive expression to date of Yahoo!’s social media strategy. Yahoo! Answers has received a great deal of attention recently (there’s an Answers integration with Travel) but the new Trip Planner is more fully realized as a product.

You can read a more detailed post on my blog.