The app, which went live on Tuesday, adds some new twists to the travel-planning-meets-social-networking pretzel. In addition to receiving recommendations from their Facebook friends, users can query the larger Gekko community, compare prices via 40 booking partners and even request a better deal from specific hotels if they don’t find a price they like. Similar to other Facebook-oriented travel apps, such as Gtrot and Gogobot, Gekko is based on the premise that people are more likely to take advice and trust reviews from people they know than from uncounted anonymous posts from complete strangers. To use the app, members can simply type in a question — “Does anybody know of a good hotel in Amsterdam?” for example — and monitor the responses on their wall. They can also create lists of favorite places, share them via the “like” button and query the larger Gekko community if, say, their friends have never been to Amsterdam. Get the full story at msnbc