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?
“… 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.
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.
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.
Gene Quinn is a pioneer in digital media and a well known figure in the travel industry through his former role as chairman of research company PhoCusWright.
An editor, columnist and reporter in his first career at The Chicago Tribune and previously Philadelphia Daily News and Wilmington (DE) News-Journal, Gene has since been involved at the forefront of the new digital economy.
He has held adviser, executive and board director positions to a string of media, technology and marketing companies including Newtrade Technologies, Checkfree, MTV Networks, BzzAgent and the MIT Media Lab.