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HopStop Revamps, Adds Features and New Cities

HopStop Revamps, Adds Features and New Cities

HopStop, which was created in 2005 as a point-to-point transit routing website, has given itself a few facelifts over the years as it tries to stay unique and relevant in its increasingly crowded niche. The company announced another one yesterday, partnering up with big names like Yelp!, Hertz, Limos.com and Zvents, to become a “general lifestyle app.”

With newly introduced features, users will be able to track local events, take advantage of local daily deals, receive geotargeted advertising, rent cars by the hour, and enjoy advanced search capabilities and detailed navigation for more modes of transportation (regional bus, train, etc..). Direct check-ins aren’t yet available, but users can now post upcoming travel plans to their Twitter and Facebook accounts from HopStop. The service also announced its expansion into 20 new cities (bringing its total to 57).

By offering more information about different modes of travel, HopStop hopes to further differentiate itself from Google Maps. It’s an uncertain strategy, since tickets for many carriers are usually secured by going directly to the provider (Greyhound, Amtrak). Still, for avid users, HopStop’s single point of entry for travel could prove attractive.

This new content mishmash is also risky, not because it will confuse users, but because if even one new aspect of the site’s functionality works poorly, is error-prone or difficult to use, potential HopStop fans may jump to one of many other companies offering similar content. Fortunately, HopStop is known for its speedy and open response to user issues, which has helped it survive and thrive in the past six years.

In a move that seems utterly at odds with the flow of consumer tech, though, HopStop says that it still has no concrete plans for integration of these new functionalities into its mobile apps. In an interview with the New York Times, CEO Joe Meyer emphasized that the lion’s share of programming efforts would focus on HopStop’s website presence, explaining that they “have always been a Web-first company.”

2 thoughts on “HopStop Revamps, Adds Features and New Cities

  1. If HTML5 takes off any time soon, they won’t have to worry about the mobile app dilemma as everyone turns to the mobile Web. As long as they’re optimizing for HTML5, of course.

  2. Gretchen, thanks for alerting your readers to our recent expansion efforts. As a point of clarification, HopStop is a multi-platform company and as such we offer our service via the mobile web (http://m.hopstop.com), through highly popular free apps (http://www.HopStop.com/iPhone and http://www.HopStop.com/Android), via SMS, and on the web as well. That said, we typically introduce new features and functionality on the web first, and then quickly move the most popular ones over to mobile, which is exactly what we plan to do with the new initiatives that we launched earlier this week. I should also point out that all of our new product initiatives are the result of a tremendous amount of user feedback which we highly value, and which helps guide our product road map. As such, much of what we introduced on Monday is the result of millions of users requesting it.

    Thanks again for covering our re-launch, and I look forward to meeting you at some point.Regards,- Joe Meyer (CEO, HopStop)

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2 thoughts on “HopStop Revamps, Adds Features and New Cities

  1. If HTML5 takes off any time soon, they won’t have to worry about the mobile app dilemma as everyone turns to the mobile Web. As long as they’re optimizing for HTML5, of course.

  2. Gretchen, thanks for alerting your readers to our recent expansion efforts. As a point of clarification, HopStop is a multi-platform company and as such we offer our service via the mobile web (http://m.hopstop.com), through highly popular free apps (http://www.HopStop.com/iPhone and http://www.HopStop.com/Android), via SMS, and on the web as well. That said, we typically introduce new features and functionality on the web first, and then quickly move the most popular ones over to mobile, which is exactly what we plan to do with the new initiatives that we launched earlier this week. I should also point out that all of our new product initiatives are the result of a tremendous amount of user feedback which we highly value, and which helps guide our product road map. As such, much of what we introduced on Monday is the result of millions of users requesting it.

    Thanks again for covering our re-launch, and I look forward to meeting you at some point.Regards,- Joe Meyer (CEO, HopStop)

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