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Speeding Hunts for Trip Info
December 4, 2000


"Tripadvisor Inc. recently launched search and directory services that let users comb the Web for comprehensive, relevant, personalized travel data. TripAdvisor's technol ogy filters, sorts and ranks information on vacation destinations, said officials of the Needham, Mass., company. Search results come from newspapers, travel magazines and guide books; comments come from message boards, personal home pages, travelogues, rating sites and user reviews. The company has written custom crawlers, or spiders, that are intelligent enough to determine which pages are important, officials said, and editors sort, classify and rank this information."