Other than Google Glass, the standout launch at Google’s I/O conference has been a major update of Maps, with much of the new functionality drawing on Google’s increasing social intelligence.
Prison inmates are giving the phrase “best bars” new meaning by reviewing their court-mandated living quarters on the review site Yelp.
Foursquare has added a link button to its Web service that allows members to share a link to venue pages with non-members.
Yelp is adding restaurants’ inspection scores to their venue pages, starting with San Francisco and New York, the company said today.
Google has begun allowing app makers to respond to user reviews in its app store, Google Play. Over the summer, Google began testing the feature with a “top developers,” a hand-chosen set of developers whom Google considers to make quality apps. The company began opening up the feature to more developers today and will eventually extend the privilege to all app makers.
A Virginia court has lifted an injunction against a woman who posted a scathing review of a contractor on Yelp.
Google will now let shoppers review products and see their friends’ reviews in the search results in Google Shopping, the company announced today. User reviews have long been a part of Google’s search results, but recently the company has been leaning toward professional opinions. So the question is, why do shoppers want opinions from friends?
Yelp might not be profitable yet, but the local search and review service’s efforts at global expansion and enhancements to its mobile apps have helped increase net revenues to $32.7 million and have left room for growth, according to the company’s analysis of its second quarter 2012 financial results.
Terence McGhee, former software developer, believes that not enough games on Facebook are created for hardcore gamers. With that being said, his mission is to develop more games that appeal to those gamers who are looking for a challenge, “A game must have a certain degree of challenge. It must reward good decision-making and punish poor decision-making.” Space Force Fleet Commander, McGhee’s solution, attempts to bring gaming back to traditional gamers instead of ordinary people.
Yesterday Yelp rolled out a new feature for advertisers – the option to include video on business pages. The addition of video is great for businesses, as it gives them a new vehicle for attracting customers, apart from the traditional pictures and text. This new feature is also fantastic for Yelp, as it sets them apart from competing review sites that have not yet implemented video features.