SOCIAL - Product news, launches and more - May 2013NewsBy PhocusWire | May 29, 2013Share This article was originally published on The latest social news, launches and more from around the travel, tourism and hospitality industry in May 2013.Thursday 30 May 2013:Betapond secures €2 million in new funding round. The Irish-based provider of Facebook technology solutions for global brands in tourism and other sectors had its funding round led by The Ulster Bank Diageo Venture Fund.Monday 13 May 2013:ReviewPro and TripAdvisor become certified partners. The agreement (similar to the one signed between TrustYou and the user review giant in July 2012) allows ReviewPro to gain official access to TripAdvisor's review, ratings and popularity index of products around the world, in order to feed its reputation management tools for hoteliers.Friday 10 May 2013:TripAdvisor creates new role of vice president of global CPC sales. Brian Schmidt has been handed the task after joining the user review giant from Google. He will report to vice president of sales, Robin Ingle. Schmidt has also previously worked for iProspect and iPhrase Technologies.NB: Social travel image via Shutterstock.