I’m (Quasi-, Yelp) Famous

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… and obviously not shy.

Story #1 goes like this: I’m a fan of my local liquor store/wine seller (Coit Liquor!) after I walked into a wine tasting one night, bought 3 bottles and enjoyed each one of them. Now, that isn’t something that would make me think that the proprietors know me. So when, last Thursday, the owner was like “I know you from somewhere…” I was confused. My friend joins me, and we’re both kind of like, where in the hell do I know this wine maker-store owner from? Then it hits me: my photo on the Yelp review (pictured here). So I slyly ask him if he’s reviewed by Yelp, and he starts talking about the various reviews (even knows the exact number). So I make the connection, we laugh, toast, la la la. Jeff (owner) is in this month’s 7X7 (specific article isn’t online, it seems). I think they’re having a champagne tasting soon, but haven’t gotten the November wine tasting schedule yet. This just in: 11/2 is champagne testing, Thursday, 10$ for tasting, and they refund if you buy a bottle (thanks, Jeff).

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(photo: view from Cafe Divine outside seating)

Story #2: Sitting at Cafe Divine on Washington Square Park doing some writing, and I also get that “I know you somewhere, are you a neighbor? Do you come here a lot?”. I go there about once a month or so, so nothing noteworthy. We chat for a while and make the Yelp connection again. Wild. FYI: Cafe Divine has a 20$ prix fixe that includes wine/dessert, entree, olives, salad.

On Why I Got Famous, or, How You Too Can Get Famous, Using Yelp:
Now, I’m not a super huge yelper, like Nish (as Lauren wrote earlier)-. It’s hard to compete with someone who goes to work each day, sits down, and rattles off 10 Yelp reviews. It’s also just a small neighborhood I guess- and I like stuff that isn’t reviewed much. Also, I’m about 7-10 years older than the core demographic of Yelp, so I’m in a niche. I’m surprised Coit wasn’t written up more, since the demographic at the tasting was mostly single guys in their 20s. Got some early fame when I joined Yelp because of two really popular lists: Hook Up Clubs & Bars, and Break up Bars & Dump Dinners.

7 Comments so far

  1. veronica (unregistered) on October 25th, 2006 @ 4:01 pm

    how funny! one of my good friends got a free burrito today, because the cook recognized her from her favorable review of the joint on Yelp!

    Yelp it up, kids.


  2. anna (unregistered) on October 25th, 2006 @ 4:19 pm

    argh, I want free stuff!


  3. cd (unregistered) on October 25th, 2006 @ 10:14 pm

    All you MBers should also leave this site’s URL as a nudge-nudge to the places you review favorably here. Not all the love should be yelp-love! ;)


  4. Nancy (unregistered) on October 25th, 2006 @ 11:30 pm

    Too funny! Hopefully this won’t squelch you from posting poor reviews, when warranted, out of concern that you’d be i.d’d then, too.

    Ahh, anonymity. When we have it, we want to lose it, when we do we sometimes want it back!


  5. anna (unregistered) on October 26th, 2006 @ 12:23 am

    Nancy: I still get tons of mail from a 1-star on Yelp! Loyal fan base, oh yeah.


  6. Lauren (unregistered) on October 27th, 2006 @ 12:16 pm

    Anna, I saw Nish again just hanging out on Mission around fourth on Wednesday afternoon. I want his job, which seems to be reviewing trendy restaurants and fancy clothing stores!


  7. anna (unregistered) on October 29th, 2006 @ 10:07 am

    You’re stalking him.



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