Tech:Personal travel tools
Since the launch of Wikitravel, we've been aware that our goals have made us focus on certain aspects of travel-- the consensus travel guide-- to the exclusion of other areas. Over the years, there have been numerous requests for a space to share personal experience and opinions about travel, destinations, and travel services.
To fill this needs we're developing a set of tools to make blogs, photo sharing, forums, social networking, and reviews available as "extra" parts of the existing Wikitravel and World66 sites. They are implemented in Drupal, an Open Source community and content management tool but the look-and-feel of the "Extra" site will mirror closely the look of the existing World66 and Wikitravel sites.
There are five key services that will support our mission.
There may be more features that we support in the future (like video hosting and group trip planning), but these seem to work right now.
Integration on Wikitravel
There will be three steps of integration on Wikitravel.
1. We'll use the same kind of interwiki links as we use for World66, Wikipedia, and Open Directory. These will be called "Extra". We'll add "extra" links on user pages (goes to user profile) and destination pages (goes to a collection of most recent blog posts, photos, forum posts, etc. about that destination). 2. As a next step, we'll add an "extra" tab to the top of the page, instead of the interwiki link. 3. At some point in the future we may break down different features (reviews, blog posts, photos, bookmarks) to their own tabs. There's a danger of tab-overload, though.
The interface (menus, prompts, labels, titles) for Extra features is currently all in English. We need to internationalize this, so that the interface text is in either a) your preferred language, for registered users, or b) in the language set by the browser preferences, or c) if you're coming from a non-English Wikitravel page, in the language for that page.
You can now access the current beta of Wikitravel Extra. Feel free to create a new account or login with OpenID (though this is not fully functional yet) or just browse the site anonymously. You can post comments and questions here or in the Extra forum.