I have become a big fan of Dopplr over the last years. It’s a service that allows you to plan and share your trips online. It also does some fun things like track your personal velocity which as you can see, isn’t that impressive (Joi Ito’s personal velocity is that of a Whippet while Larry Lessig’s is the same as an elephant while Wendy’s is the same as a glacier) and also shows how much carbon you are emitting.
It also ties into Flickr and shows your photos for each of your previous trips.
Like all Web 2.0 sites, it allows you to share data with your friends and also contribute reviews of restaurants, places to explore, and places to stay when you travel. It uses Flickr’s machine tags to link your own photos of places to places where you have been. I have contributed to places all over the world but if you look at Arlington Beach on Dopplr, you can see how it works in a local community.
For those of you with an iPod Touch or a iPhone, there is also a great Dopplr app that allows you to find attractions and reviews of sites in your area. I would have loved to have it when I was Chicago earlier this year.
One of the reason however that I have become a big fan of Dopplr is that as a family, it gives us a chance to visualize what the next couple of months have in store for us. It let’s us look at our schedule, budget, plans, and goals and helps us find when we can go to the lake, do some travelling, and figure out when work is going to put demands on us. Wendy is using Dopplr now as well and even Mark is going online to check out hers or my profiles to figure out when he needs to be packed.
The other cool way Dopplr is helpful is their annual report that is generated for all users. Below is one for Barack Obama which gives you an idea of how much travelling he had to do in his run for President of the United States.
My friend Dan Sheffield who works for the Free Methodist Church in Canada uses Dopplr. Dan’s world travels would make his annual report fascinating (to me anyways). It reminded me that it would be an effective for any denominational executive or someone who both had to travel a lot and be responsible to a constituency.
I would love to see my city councilor, MLA, MP, and other elected officials use Dopplr (I would give bonus points to anyone who actually gave honest reviews that made my travelling easier). If you are using Dopplr and want to connect with me, you can find me at dopplr.com/traveller/jordon.