Dennis Crowley, CEO of Foursquare, is betting that the service will unseat Yelp and Google as the go-to for local search.
Yelp today introduced food ordering and delivery from its website and said that it will roll out transactions between local businesses and the consumers that find them through Yelp across all types of businesses in the coming months.
Yelp and Foursquare have been becoming increasingly similar over the last year, but each app offers something the other can’t do: With Yelp, users can’t search for all venues near them; they have to choose in advance what they want to do. With Foursquare, they can’t search for businesses in another neighborhood or city.
Last week in San Francisco district court, Yelp sued Timothy Catron, the apparent owner of the websites AdBlaze and BuyYelpReview, for selling fake reviews for the website, according to court documents.
Foursquare today launched a feature that allows users not just to mention their friends but also to check them in.
Yelp will roll out a “Call to Action” feature that allows merchants to support a single transaction on their Yelp business listing page.
Yelp is perhaps best known for bar and eatery reviews, but shopping is the dominant category on the site, leading the company to consider supporting e-commerce on its side, CEO Jeremy Stoppelman said in a presentation at the LeWeb conference in London today.
Foursquare has tapped the social data reseller Gnip to be the exclusive distributor of its check-in data, the companies said today.
Foursquare is adding more functionality to its local search features by allowing users to limit their searches to businesses within a certain price range or to those that are open at the time.
Foursquare launched an update for its iOS app that allows users to share the insights the app offers on their check-in activity on Facebook and Twitter.