Yelp comes to the rescue of the newly-arrived like a knight on a white horse. Mind you, the knight is likely to have a very strong opinion on where you’ll be dining en route to Camelot, but surely that’s better than wondering the streets hungry, or worse: ending in McDonalds.
When I first moved overseas I knew no one and when I did meet people it took awhile to figure out if their opinions and tastes were in line with mine and if I should follow their suggestions. Enter Yelp.
From finding a new hairdresser to going on an endless hunt to find laksa and the best veggie burrito in San Francisco, Yelp enables you to make decisions taking into account user-generated reviews.
The Yelp app is easy to navigate and use. You can find out what’s nearby via categories (petrol stations, chemists, bars and so on) or search for something specific (like laksa). When you find the business you’re after, you’re told how far away it is from you, what others think of it, if it’s open, contact details and even a map.
And as for the reviews, like most user-generated content, you do have to take everything with a grain of salt, but as you can check out the reviewers and what they think of other things, it’s relatively easy to ascertain whether they’re a reliable source or not.
I also like the fact that you don’t need to be a user to view content.
Obviously Yelp works best in places where there are more reviewers to sift through (like the USA) but when it works, it works.
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