By Rob Lovitt, msnbc.com contribution
Neener neener call it the factor: You go on vacation, take lots of pictures and share them with others when you get home, at least in part, saying: "Hey, look where I was and how much fun I had."
Which the people at Great Wolf Resorts would like to say, why wait?
"Our guests Facebook as both a virtual card and a photo album," said Steve Shattuck, director of communications. "With the technology we already had in place, we were sharing one step easier."
While the Great Wolf claims that the technology is a first for the water park industry, it is also a member of a growing trend that combines RFID technology, location-based software and social media in innovative ways for travelers.
Last winter, for example, rolled EpicMix Vail Resorts, which skiers and snowboarders daily activities tracking via RFID embedded tickets and passes. Paired with a mobile app, they can track where other friends and relatives, and post updates to Facebook and Twitter. Nearly 100,000 active accounts guests during the season.
And for visitors? "People love to" check in "- I'm in Disneyland, I'm at Universal Studios, where," said Stapp, "They like the instant gratification of putting it there on Facebook."
Of course, if your Facebook friends are at home or office and they decide to unfriend you after seeing all the fun you're having, do not say you were not warned.
Rob Lovitt is a former travel writer who still believes the journey is as important as the destination. Follow him on Twitter.
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