Yelp S*itstorm

So journalist Karen Solomon wrote a review of the review site Yelp in San Francisco Magazine, and how it’s a one-town biz, and all of the other reasons that have been stated before about the online recommendation system. Well, with a lot more muscle, and from a journalist (vs. blogger, mea culpa). The response? Eater SF gets their bunchie in a wad, and Valleywag gets all huffy that K. Sol has some kind of conflict of interest- as she writes reviews, and SF Mag is in competition with Yelp. SF Eater gets response quotes that are interesting, but… So let’s see, they’re not happy that someone used to reviewing restaurants has taken on the job of writing about a restaurant review site. Let’s go back to the article… was anything actually wrong with it? Lord knows I’m Over Yelp. I’m wondering if the myopic blogger world can’t grasp that 100 reviews of a restaurant in tweener SMS speak is *not* useful in finding a good late night Chinese restaurant. From the front page, I didn’t have to look far: “san-francisco-white-chicks-dating-asian-guys-how-often-do-you-see-it”- join that thread now! Sigh.

5 Comments so far

  1. Coursework (unregistered) on January 30th, 2008 @ 1:36 am

    Frequently the reason behind the desire to write this type of paper remains unclear. However, once the events are recounted and recorded, it becomes clear that the writer is striving to find the universal truth.Coursework

  2. seany (unregistered) on January 30th, 2008 @ 7:43 am

    Yelp is simply another example how open enrollment online communities scale poorly. I wish there was an effective way to communicate that "this place sucks" is not a helpful review.

    And as a straight Asian guy, I already have the answer to that last question.

  3. lazy_veg (unregistered) on January 30th, 2008 @ 11:20 am

    You’re of course entitled to being elitist on your own blog, but Yelp is made what it is by its users. The noise/signal ratio will be high. Is it really a surprise? To expect Yelp to be more than what it really is, is naive.

    I might suggest trying different strategies in using it. People who can clearly formulate their thoughts and write good reviews are few and far between. But, they do exist on Yelp. If you find them, read all their reviews to learn about new places.

  4. Emperor Tironius (unregistered) on January 30th, 2008 @ 9:15 pm

    Erm, I have no idea what this article says. I mean, they look like words, but–is it English?

  5. anna (unregistered) on January 30th, 2008 @ 11:20 pm

    Lazy-veg- ironic you think I’m elitist, as I’m a Yelp Elite!

    Tironius- no prob. It’s all useless & pointless techie talk anyhow.

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