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What do you get when you combine the travel insights of Trip Advisor, the visual feast of Pinterest, and the recommendations of Yelp? The answer is Trover, a Seattle-based startup boasting a growing online community and featuring everything from breathtaking images of Mount Rainer, to drool-inducing pictures of the best sushi roll in town.
The website and mobile app has become an increasingly important platform for publishing travel photos across the Web. Co-founded by Rich Barton, the brains behind the successful Expedia.com, Trover has garnered a lot of attention in the last couple years. PR Newswire highlighted Trover, announcing its partnership with the Bing Travel App for Windows 8.1 at the end of last year — an arrangement that’s helped to “grow awareness for the Trover community and connect members with a larger audience of travelers.”
Additionally, at the beginning of this year, Trover announced that it would introduce three free photo widgets to the site, allowing travel enthusiasts to showcase Trover users’ photos on blogs and websites.
When PR Newswire asked Trover CEO Jason Karas about his users, he described them as “fun and discerning explorers who love to inspire others.” Sharing experiences and getting recognition for their discoveries, Trover users’ photos span 175 countries and represent unique and exhilarating experiences from all over the globe. One of Trover’s unique characteristics is a feature that allows users to sort through images by “latest” or “nearest.” By scanning through photos that are categorized by geographical location, users have the ability to uncover new discoveries in their own backyard! The small icon of a walking man (indicating which images are within walking distance), transforms to a bike, a car, and then finally an image of a small flying man (indicating air travel) as you scroll down the page. The icon is paired with the exact number of miles each annotated image sits from your location.
Trover’s momentum has no sign of stopping as it announced its $2.5 million dollars in seed funding last summer, bringing its total funding to more than $5 million dollars. Continued improvements to its tools, and new updates to the app show that Trover is constantly thinking about how to take the company to the next level. Time will tell whether Trover’s success will reach, match, or surpass that of sites like TripAdvisor and Pinterest, but in the meantime, all you adventurers and explorers out there should download the app and join in on the fun.
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