Many people have jumped on the bandwagon of disparaging Yelp. In our last two blog posts, we discussed why the site’s information about where to eat was misleading and then provided alternative approaches to making better dining decisions Despite our criticism, we don’t want to see Yelp fail. We would much rather see it transform into something more useful.
It hardly seems necessary to write a blog about how to avoid Yelp: Step 1: Uninstall the App from your phone, Step 2: stop visiting or clicking on links from yelp.com. Done!
That two-step solution is unlikely to work for the 176 million unique monthly visitors to Yelp. It also is not the intended response from our critique about Why Yelp Restaurant Reviews Should Be Your Last Resort. Truthfully, Yelp can be a valuable source of information and we will dedicate the final part of these three blog posts to discussing how Yelp could be improved. …
Yelp is far from perfect. The number of critiques leveled against the company is astounding, ranging from their opaque algorithm that determines what reviews to display to their aggressive sales tactics and how it may play into a business’s overall standings. There is an entire site dedicated to describing why Yelp sucks (http://yelp-sucks.com/). Perhaps the most overlooked critique against Yelp though is the negative effect that it has on each consumer and how we decide where to eat.
Yelp fails its users by hosting mediocre ratings and reviews. The users of Yelp fail themselves by overestimating the reliability of reviews…
A few years ago, we decided to find an easier way to make plans with friends.
Up until then, we were using email, text, and various social media platforms to coordinate. But using those platforms to gather everyone’s preferences made the whole process a lot of work. As planners, we needed to kick the conversation off, ask for input, and then do the job of hunting for agreement among everyone invited. Coordinating get-togethers shouldn’t be so painful.
That’s why we started on the path that would develop into Sujjest.
When I was young, one of my favorite things to do was go to Computer City with my dad down by the mall. We would do that bonding thing, drool over the new tech, and walk away with a copy of the latest PC Gamer Magazine. Then on the way home I was always bouncing in the seat next to him excited to try some new Shareware.
To all those who think they’ve been there, eaten that, Seattle’s vast restaurant scene serves up humble pie (figuratively and literally).
Last week I shared a statistical breakdown of the lunch landscape in Minneapolis. This week I apply the same data-driven approach to my hometown, analyzing the tags of the 300 top-rated Seattle restaurants on Yelp within low to medium price ranges, to offer up a bird’s eye view of our city’s dining options.
Trying to summarize a whole lifetime of eating out in Seattle would surely leave me a bit tongue-tied if it weren’t for the objective data that…
This week we’re introducing a special flavor of our app Sujjest, called Sujjest Lunch. It’s an easy way for a group to choose where to eat. Participants suggests some lunch options, you tap the options you prefer toward the finish line, and the first to the finish is where you’ll eat! It’s also simple to invite people to join in the decision, you just share a link that your friends or colleagues can click to participate.
To celebrate the debut of Sujjest Lunch, this week we’re turning our eyes to the lunch landscapes of the two cities where Sujjest is…
Variety is the spice of life, they say …but people’s spice-tolerance varies! Some crave novelty while others aspire to be regulars. And one person’s comfort food may be another’s indigestion.
Picking a place to eat together — a process many of us go through every weekday with colleagues — can get annoyingly complicated by diverse food preferences. While it’s good to have a diversity of tastes and restaurant options, the way we pick where to eat together could be improved.
This summer, the three of us behind Sujjest (Sol, Kjell, and Jeff) are releasing a new flavor of our app…
We’re happy to announce today that iPhone and Android users can use Sujjest as a native app! As always, Sujjest remains totally free to download and use.
Both apps now offer the same fully-featured mobile experience, which includes receiving notifications whenever someone invites you to make a group decision and when friends add options and leave comments.
You can now vote on the details of your next get-together on whatever device you choose, moving seamlessly between the native app on your phone and a browser tab on your laptop.
Here are the links to Sujjest on the App Store and…