Lonely Planet has launched an online travel community based around social networking and location specific professional and user-generated videos.

LonelyPlanet.tv merges social networking features and user-generated content with videos from Lonely Planet Television. That content is further linked to geographical locations via Google Maps. A traveler interested in going to Ecuador, for instance, can click on a map and see all videos recently uploaded about the South American country.

The site also contains an area dedicated to branded videos from Lonely Planet's television production arm.

"The idea was to create a place where travelers could share their own videos from their DV cams or cell phones and share real travel experiences with other travelers, as well as commenting, rating and interacting in a variety of ways with both professional and user generated content," said Sohail Dahdal, manager of LonelyPlanet.tv.

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