Digg Co-Founder Owen Byrne Joins TravelPod

    Spearheading New Innovation Lab at Travel Blogging Pioneer Headquarters

    OTTAWA, July 28 /CNW/ -- TravelPod(R), the Web's first site to enable its
members to create online travelogues (travel blogs), today announced that Owen
Byrne, a co-founder of Digg.com, has joined the company to lead its new
technology development department, TravelPod Labs. Byrne is the senior
TravelPod Labs manager, where he'll lead efforts to develop new ideas and test
home grown concepts designed to pioneer the next generation of leading-edge
web technologies.
    Byrne is well-known as co-founder and original developer of digg.com,
which became one of the leading "social news" websites, ranking as high as
55th in world internet traffic rankings from alexa.com.
    "Two long-standing obsessions in my life have been the excitement of
travel and the challenge of building world-class scalable websites," said Owen
Byrne, senior TravelPod Labs manager. "When I was presented with the
opportunity to combine the two at TravelPod, it was like a dream come true."
    "We are thrilled to welcome Owen to TravelPod," said Luc Levesque,
founder and General Manager of TravelPod.  "TravelPod Labs' mission is firmly
focused on innovation and experimentation and Owen's proven skills in turning
first-mover ideas into scalable technology will help us produce ever more
useful and valuable applications to travelers everywhere."
    Before co-founding digg.com, Owen Byrne held developer and programming
positions at Motorola in the U.K., competitiveness.com in Barcelona, and The
Halifax Chronicle-Herald Limited in Canada and also taught management at the
University of Manitoba.   He holds an A.B.D. from the University of Manitoba,
and M.B.A. from Dalhousie University and a B.Sc. from St. Mary's University.
    About TravelPod
    TravelPod Corporation, based in Ottawa, Canada, was acquired by
TripAdvisor LLC in December 2006. TravelPod.com(C) was released in 1997 as the
Web's first site to enable its members to create online travelogues (travel
blogs), which revolutionized the way people travel and share their adventures
with the world. Travelers can post travelogues from previous trips or use the
TravelPod(R) site to host ongoing travelogues that they can update while they

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For further information: Brian Payea, TravelPod, +1-617-670-6688,
bpayea@tripadvisor.com Web Site: http://www.TravelPod.com

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