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The Death of Couchsurfing?

  1. CouchSurfing is your ticket to explore the world -- from the road or from your own home.
    They may not admit directly selling your data. But Couchsurfing allows other companies to collect it in exchange for advertising space, which is paid for. The key words here are “engage”, and “reasonably”, which means if you are a large company and have the means to to re-identify data, then ta-da! — those trackers which monitor clicks and people you interact with, many who are now linked to profiles on Facebook, combine to make a neat little profile for you, and the travel-themed adverts stack up higher than the empty iPhone boxes at the Couchsurfing headquarters, which is now closed from Covid19, by the way.

    #Travel #Visa Requirements #Events 100 social mentions

  2. Open your door to the world!
    In contrast, BeWelcome, a similar but much less popular platform, covered their finances with less than $10,000. BeWelcome is also completely transparent about their finances.

    #Travel #Events #Travel 23 social mentions

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    Book unique places to stay and things to do.
    For a while it flew in the face of the monetisation of simple travel, even as a for-profit company it triumphed as the lefty nemesis of Airbnb and the boutique hostel craze which swept the world; now rearranging its company structure to join them, having long replaced the wording of its most fundamental function from “community” to “profit”. Over the last years, the true community still struggled on, creating events and meet-ups and ignoring the new requests from creepy men with empty profiles, while in the background $22.6 million of private investments was quietly being squandered to turn Couchsurfing into the next trendy startup venture.

    #Travel #Vacation Rental #Online Bookings 91 social mentions

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