Social seating service lets flyers preview who’s on board
Krisha Kinnersley |
12 December 2012
Israeli startup SeatID wants to turn flying into an opportunity for business networking and striking up friendships (TheNextWeb.com, 13 November 2012).
The social seating service lets passengers see in advance who will sit where on their next flight, and find individuals with common interests based on social network profiles.
Data is only shown on passengers who opt in to SeatID, and users can control privacy settings, like limiting profile visibility to friends of friends.
Users don’t have to be on the same network to see each other — SeatID currently lets passengers share interests from Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
SeatID works with both airlines and travel websites, meaning that passengers booking from different sites will be able to check out the seating plan for the same flight.
So far, SeatID has partnered with AeroSvit — Ukrainian Airlines.
WHAT THIS MEANS TO BUSINESS
Social media fans are often up for expanding their circle and meeting new people. Whether through work or play, bringing passengers with shared interests together could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship, or at least a good alternative to in-flight entertainment.
Personalisation takes the dullness out of otherwise anonymous experiences like air travel. Even if passengers aren’t on the prowl for deep conversation, some might appreciate the option to see who’s in the next seat — and avoid undesirable neighbours.
AeroSvit — Ukrainian Airlines
The growth of tight-knit, alternative communities, countering the fragmentation we feel in other areas of social and national life.
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