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Internet Airline News Links #4

Expedia and Travelocity Drop Booking Fees (Temporarily)There’s good news out there for those of you who like to book your travel using online travel agents. Expedia and Travelocity have both followed in Priceline’s footsteps and dropped all booking fees for flights. There don’t appear to be any catches, but this is a temporary move. Flights must be booked by May 31.Upgrade & Standby List on delta.com When I came across this thread on FlyerTalk entitled,”When is Delta going to add the upgrade list to their online system?”, the functionality to view the upgrade standby list on delta.com was already moving into our pre-production environment for final testing.FLTAdvisor Tells You If Your Flight is Really On TimeFLTAdvisor’s goal is to find out if a flight is really going to be on time, despite what the airline says. The idea is great, but can they pull it off? So far, so good, but keep in mind that you will have to pay for it. (More that later.)Your Airline Wants to Get to Know YouAn…

Internet Airline News Links #3

Southwest Air Considering Food Sales to Boost Revenue
March 12 (Bloomberg) -- Southwest Airlines Co., the discount carrier that made free peanuts a symbol of no-frills flying, may start selling food to boost revenue as travel demand dwindles. JetBlue, Southwest Among Top Twitterers
Brand-management company Electric Artists came up with a Twitter tracker that ranks accounts by followers--that is, how many users have clicked on a specific account to follow its Tweets. Here's their blog. JetBlue's ranks in third place, with 161,000+, and Southwest is in seventh with 15,600+.  For context note that the top brand is Whole Foods, with 218,000.  A separate Media tracker has CNN breaking news (one that I follow) on top with around 464,000 followers. (My new Things With Wings account has 68. So, less).8550d

Airline Twitter List
My colleague and digital ace Benet Wilson tweeted earlier today this list at itravelnet.com of airlines with Twitter accounts, put together last summer. Kudos …

Internet Airline News Links #2

WiFi Is Working on Alaska Airlines But How Much Would You Pay?
http://www.jaunted.com/story/2009/3/6/101642/5132/travel/WiFi+Is+Working+on+Alaska+Airlines+But+How+Much+Would+You+Pay%3F+
While we have no idea what the heck is up with Air Canada's WiFi, we do know that Alaska Airline's internet service is real and it is mostly spectacular. Harriet Baskas, who writes Stuck at the Airport tipped us off to her in-flight WiFi experience yesterday as she rode Alaska Airlines from Seattle to Orange County and back. Conficker targeting of Southwest Airlines a red herring
http://vista.blorge.com/2009/03/06/conficker-targeting-of-southwest-airlines-a-red-herring/
The Conficker virus threatened to overload Southwest Airline’s website next Friday according to security experts. The reports appear on the surface to answer the long-running question of what damage the virus will actually do, but that may not be the case. TripAdvisor Creates Metasearch Site That Includes Fees in Comparison
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The Need for an Enterprise Social Platform

IntroductionI’ve had a twitter account for more than a year now. In that short amount of time, I’ve had conversations with people who are working on some pretty cool things. These usually trigger some wildideas. If I need to know more about something, there is usually a person to follow who keeps me updated. Below is a picture of my social computing universe, or at least that is what I’m calling it.SiteTypeWhat It’s Used ForHow I Use Ittwitter
micro-blogTo communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?Let people know what I’m up to, as well as find out what other people are up to, or what interesting things they have foundfacebooksocial networking serviceHelps you connect and share with the people in your life.To stay in touch with family, friendslinkedinsocial networking serviceSerious professional business networkTo research job candidates, communicate with outside people in a business contextbloggerblog publ…

Internet Airline News Links #1

I’ve been posting these internally, but no reason not to just post them here.Alaska Files an 8-K; Tests Wi-Fi; Joins Twitter
http://boardingarea.com/blogs/thingsinthesky/2009/02/27/alaska-fileses-an-8-k-tests-wi-fi-joins-twitter/
On Wednesday, Alaska filed an 8-K, and I was just going to post about that, but some other interesting news came from Alaska this week so I figured I might as well lump everything together. :D Ryanair Hints at Charging for Toilets
http://industry.bnet.com/travel/1000969/ryanair-hints-at-charging-for-toilets/
It’s not clear whether he was serious. O’Leary’s fond of making outrageous statements designed to drum up publicity and reinforce the airline’s image as a bargain-basement transport option, a strategy that’s worked in the past. And later on Friday, Ryanair issued a statement saying “Michael makes a lot of this stuff up as he goes along and while this has been discussed internally there are no immediate plans to introduce it.” [Hmm...reminds me of this h…