DNA Lounge update

DNA Lounge update, wherein Yelp continues to suck.

5 Responses:

  1. filbert says:

    because of yelp's seo-fu, they still remain "useful" as a source for finding a link to a business's actual website (which is what you were looking for at google but it's buried at result 736 or so). and occasionally hours of operation. aside from that and the diminishingly small fraction of the population that writes reviews about themselves instead of the bar they were at, does anybody at all use yelp anymore? yelp reviews are a close third in insipid unreadability behind youtube comments and "thanks for the add"s littering the corpse of myspace.

    • Tom Lord says:

      Well, filbert, yeah. They are basically the web's yellow pages. The "review" system has two side effects: users give away free labor to keep the listings up-to-date; and yelp sales staff, enabled by engineering, has some schemes to get money from some vendors.

      What I noticed about DNA pizza reviews is the 1-star ones. Whenever I bother to read reviews at all I might read one maybe two good ones -- but it's worth really checking out the lousy reviews. When a place has a handful of lousy reviews that all seem to be from people who -- even just in what they manage to write in a yelp review -- sound deeply confused about the form and function of day to day reality.... when that's the nature of your negative reviews .... that's usually a good sign.

    • LafinJack says:

      People don't go there anymore, it's too popular.

    • Ben Brockert says:

      Yes. I don't like that I rely on Yelp to find nearby restaurants, but I do because I haven't found any better options.

    • Brian B says:

      Well, Xeni Jardin used Yelp reviews to find a mammogram clinic that wouldn't treat her like shit. Considering that it turned out not to be a one-and-done event, that was an important call.