Archive for March, 2008

Funny photos

Monday, March 31st, 2008

Searching for good content, we sometimes stumble across some funny photos. I dunno why, but we have a collection of funny toilet signs in TripTouch. Anyway we compiled the funniest ones here. I love the first one - the Great wall is awesome!


MySQL woes

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

Last week we experienced some nasty things happening on our DB. We had some issues with data corruption, and the site was behaving strangely for a few hours.

Luckily we managed to keep everything intact, no data was lost, and the site is now okay.  Man, those were some annoying hours, but all’s well that ends well.

Have a nice week!

Amazon S3

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

We have uploaded a new version today - the major change is that all photos (both travel guide ones and your profile photos) are now stored in Amazon S3. It was rather easy to move our photos to them (well, Guy did it, so for me it was really easy). S3 saves us all sorts of worries (disk space, backups, server I/O and CPU issues) - and the cost is okay too. Good on you Amazon!

Tripup is closed - Tripup users are invited to TripTouch

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

Randomly surfing the web I noticed a strange message instead of the Tripup homepage: ” Tripup is gone, sorry. Maybe you can use Facebook instead, it’s very popular.”

It’s sad to see a website gone, or “deadpooled“- knowing the effort and energy it needs to build it.

I found Tripup (or as it was called then TripMates) when I started to work on our project. I quite liked the site and considered it as a fair competitor. Then I read that it was acquired by sidestep, we saw it as a good sign- a well established travel site acquires a travel community.

The problem probably was that tripup never got traction and traffic, and Sidestep merger to Kayak caused changes in the focus (as Tim in the BOOT hints).

So we say to Tripup users: Facebook is very popular indeed, but it’s not a travel tool. Try and you’ll find here most of the features you used to have in tripup.

And if someone from Tripup reads this, why don’t you contact us? Maybe we can think of a way to help your community.

The simpsons…

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

Our march newsletter is out - a tribute to the Simpsons (which as it happens is quite popular here at TripTouch).  Follow their crazy adventures all over the world…

And here’s a photo of my very own Spider Pig thingy on my Laptop (Eva was a little bored and got some play-dough thing, she’s quite good with it) -


Sunday, March 9th, 2008

TripTouch is getting some nice traffic lately - we have been mentioned in blogs and newspapers and even Google is starting to take notice of us. Our own internal stats show just over 350K pages views, while Alexa average this week is 20,923 and compete shows 57,575 visitors from the US. This is a nice increase from January.

We’re also getting much more users than before. Many of those come from the US, Italy, UK, India and Israel (yeah, we’re Israeli - and it helps…).

We just launched 3 months ago so these are very good numbers. Now our job is to keep bringing more users of course…

Yarkon park

Sunday, March 9th, 2008

TripTouch’s office is in Ramat Hahayal - a high-tech “park” in Tel-Aviv, just besides the Yarqon Park (which is a real beautiful green thing).

Anyway a couple of days ago we decided to check out a new place they built in the park. It’s a coffee shop plus bicycle store (cycling is the thing today in Israel). Anyway it’s fun to be out in the open. Makes you wonder why we’re doing a web page instead of really traveling, eh?