5 years ago

What is a node?

As CEO of Tnooz, I’m frequently asked: “Who produces your stories?”

The answer always is: “We do.”

We don’t aggregate other people’s content … though we respect other sources and we credit them (and hope they credit us, too.)

We produce original news, analysis and commentary from three sources: Tnooz reporters, guest posts from industry observers and – drum roll, please – our network of nodes.

So, what is a node?

Wikipedia defines a node as:

“… a connection point, either a redistribution point or a communication endpoint (some terminal equipment) … A physical network node is an active electronic device that is attached to a network, and is capable of sending, receiving, or forwarding information over a communications channel.

“A passive distribution point such as a distribution or patch panel is consequently not a node.”

At Tnooz, our nodes are anything but passive.

Tnooz nodes are experts from the travel and tech sectors. They reflect all the quirky habits, likes, dislikes, social media connections and opinions of our audience. And they are curious about disruption in the digital travel economy.

Nodes are Tnooz’s listening posts in the marketplace. They offer pointy analysis like FlightCaster co-founder Evan Konwiser in Google entering travel could be nothing to worry about after all. (Don’t miss the comments section under that post.)

Nodes are oracles in travel tech like T2Impact’s Timothy O’Neil-Dunne (and did I say sometimes grouchy?) who described Semantic web: context  for the rest of us, at last week’s OpenTravel Alliance Advisory Forum.

They are global thought leaders (and passionate lovers of travel) based in Asia like SHY Ventures’ Siew Hoon Yeoh who shared plans to curate a seminar on women and travel tech at WITX – Women in Travel April 27 in Thailand.

They are entrepreneurs like Flextrip’s Alex Kremer who gave us one of the great inside-out perspectives on creating a business in How not to be dead soon: Life Lessons for travel startups.

Our nodes come from small businesses, like Alex Bainbridge of TourCMS and Stephen Joyce of Rezgo. Valyn Perini, CEO of OpenTravel Alliance, herds cats to create ecommerce XML standards.

Glenn Gruber of Ness Software Product Labs writes about mobile and broader tech in the travel space. We have hotel sector experts Patrick Landman of Xotels and Josiah Mackenzie of ReviewPro. And we tap into social media and social commerce expertise from Sarah Kennedy Ellis, who is director of Sabre Travel Studios at Sabre Holdings.

We also have Tim Hughes and Claude Bernard, both with us from the very beginning, alongside the mighty Daniele Beccari, Troy Thompson and Martin Collings.

Our nodes are indispensable members of Tnooz’s editorial team. Their bylines are jewels in a freely accessible vault of the nearly 6,000 editorial posts since our launch in 2009. And their curiosity and fresh thinking about travel tech helps keep Tnooz, and our audience, on the cutting edge.

And we thank them for that.

NB: Globe image via Shutterstock.

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Gene Quinn

About the Writer :: Gene Quinn

Gene Quinn is a co-founder of Tnooz and was CEO from September 2009 to December 2016.

He is a pioneer in digital media and chairman of leading travel research company Phocuswright.

An editor, columnist and reporter in his first career at The Chicago Tribune and previously Philadelphia Daily News and Wilmington News-Journal, Gene has since been involved at the forefront of the new digital economy.

He has held advisory, executive and board positions at a string of media, technology and marketing companies and organizations, including Newtrade Technologies, Checkfree, MTV Networks, BzzAgent, the MIT Media Lab and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, the birthplace of the Mosaic web browser.



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  1. Alex Kremer

    Thank you, Gene, for giving us all a platform to share our thoughts — Not to be overlooked are the team of Gene, Kevin, Dennis, and Linda that keep the site ticking every day. Happy to be working alongside such a great team.

  2. Jonathan Alford

    I only disagree with one thing – that Timothy is sometimes grouchy 🙂

  3. RobertKCole

    I rarely disagree with the sage insights of Gene Quinn, but in this one case, I had to speak out.

    Discerning Tnooz comment readers may be asking “Why would Gene Quinn choose Wikipedia as the source of the definition for node?”

    Yes, fellow conspiracy theorists, Mr. Quinn IS trying to hide something that hints at the sordid underbelly of the Tnooz empire…

    The more thoroughly vetted Merriam Webster Dictionary presents an authoritative source for the definition of “node.”

    In the interest of clarity, let’s review the FULL definition. (Link:

    a) a pathological swelling or enlargement
    b) a discrete mass of one kind of tissue enclosed in tissue of a different kind

    2: an entangling complication

    3: either of the two points where the orbit of a planet or comet intersects the ecliptic

    a) a point, line, or surface of a vibrating body or system that is free or relatively free from vibratory motion
    b) a point at which a wave has an amplitude of zero

    a) a point at which subsidiary parts originate or center
    b) a point on a stem at which a leaf or leaves are inserted
    c) a point at which a curve intersects itself in such a manner that the branches have different tangents
    d) vertex

    Based on this authoritative definition, the term “node” (note that Tnooz even refuses to give this title for its correspondents the benefit of Capitalization) bears little resemblance to the description characterized by Mr. Quinn in his propagandist missive.

    No, the sad reality is that Tnooz executives privately treat their nodes in a manner consistent with their true definition. Unfortunately, these nodes are considered abnormal pathological complications; spaced-out, relatively inactive, subsidiary entities.

    And so, the S.P.A.W.N (Society for the Prevention of Abject Wickedness toward Nodes) movement was born on April 1, 2011… To learn more – continue reading here:

    Join S.P.A.W.N. and help the travel industry’s most vulnerable and defenseless fight back to be treated in a manner (and with an appropriate title) consistent with their role as indispensable conduits of highly valued travel industry insight.

    Free The Nodes!

    • Kevin May

      Kevin May


      Thanks for your comment.

      Gene is trying to make a genuine and heartfelt acknowledgement of our fabulous team.

      We look forward to more Coleisms on 1 April next year.

      • RobertKCole


        I completely agree the team is fabulous… quite unlike the term “node.”

        Have already figured out my plan of action for next April 1: an emotional 30 minute video & StopTnooz bracelets for starters…



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