For over a year now, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles director Dave Green and actor Joe Cobden have been posting increasingly elaborate 12-second video reviews to Yelp. Along with some friends, they have made 41 videos about L.A. restaurants, often using special effects, stunts, and stop-motion, that recall the golden age of Vine.
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"Your review on Yelp is destroying my business," he says to me, clearly clenching his teeth, "How long do I have to suffer because of your negative review?" A few weeks ago, I got a phone call from a contractor because of a review I'd left. What ensued was a weirdly emotional conversation that ventured between harassment and a plea for empathy.
As the name implies, My Burrito Finder, well, finds you a burrito. Visit the site, let it pull your location (or type in a postcode yourself) and let the site do its job. You'll get pins on a Google Map that indicate how far your future lunch is from you, along with a sidebar packed with reviews and more information.
Amid news that nearly 20 per cent of Yelp reviews are "suspicious" (and Yelp's reponse that it automatically filters those ones out), it's easy to wonder how to write an actually useful review. The Consumerist shares a few tips to better craft your review.
Because there are probably more than five web companies left that haven't been eyed for acquisition, Google is reportedly in talks to acquire Yelp, the review site that has a big web and mobile presence in North America and the UK.