There’s no arguing that location technology is powerful, particularly when you add location to a cool mobile app that delivers awesome promotions, specials, and even free stuff nearby. Another new kid on the block just launched this week in the Boston area – enter GoPapaya. The app serves to connect restaurants with potential customers by notifying them about open tables, specials and the like. According to the service, the live feed presents an array of nearby restaurants that are currently offering promotions from 10% – 75%
OpenTable, the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations and part of The Priceline Group (NASDAQ: PCLN), today unveiled the 100 Best Restaurants in America for 2015. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 20,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.Some of you foodies might be interested in downloading this list and creating a “where to eat” app or some other cool mashup to share with your buddies!
If you use google services then you likely have a location history stored by Google – don’t worry though, only you can see it! By accessing your history you can view all the places you’ve been (while location sharing was enabled on your device).
Some recent findings on location sharing… The Alohar Mobile Survey Finds 71% of Smartphone Users are Open to Location Sharing Apps; Adoption Driven by Relationship Milestones, Safety and Convenience – amazingly, 71% of smartphone users expressed their openness to mobile applications designed to share their whereabouts with loved one.
It seems that even in this day of privacy concerns that adults are still relatively comfortable with sharing their location, particularly for safety. That’s what the findings of a survey of some 1,100+ smartphone users has shown.
Would you post a tweet that read “I’m going to be at XXX place on 4th Ave. in the corner table at 6:15 PM tonight”... I doubt you would, however, contests on Twitter are encouraging people to do exactly that! Privacy and social media seem to be on the minds of many, however, for the most part, nobody really seems to care or really be going to any effort to protect their privacy – perhaps to many it simply isn’t a big concern. I suppose, privacy and safeguarding one’s privacy is just not that big of a deal, until something scary or creepy happens! It really is much like the old “backing up your data” issue where most of us admit that we really should be protecting ourselves and be regularly backing up that valuable data, however, how often do we really do it? Eventually, not backing up your data will bite you in the butt!
A new local deal finder resource for mobile users in Australia comes to iOS and Android device users from Restaurant Deals Oz. The app is designed specifically to enable users to easily find great deals from restaurants and bars thanks to some cleaver geotagging of happy hour specials and other deals. Restaurant and bar owners are being courted by a 30 day free trial offer to get listed. Personally, I really like the business model here of having establishment owners pay to get listed – I’d like to see more of this so we can start seeing the revenues going directly to the developers! See more in this PR on the LBSzone
Are you a Foursquare user? If not, chances are really good that in the near future you will be! A blog posting on LaughingSquid got my attention today as the author reveals details of a recent meetup at the foursquare office and reports on 50 newly support cities and even a new, secret product roadmap! A sampling of newly supported cities includes:
New Haven, CT
Oklahoma City, OK
Park City, UT
Ottawa, Canada and many more!!
Foursquare is a fun, geo-social service where users can check-in to their favorite places (or any place for that matter), leave a note, provide a tip, or just shout out about something. When you check-in (typically via mobile app on iPhone or Android device) you have a chance to collect points, badges, heck, you can even become “mayor” of that place! For business owners there’s a great opportunity here to get listed in what is rapidly becoming a very popular local search tool so even if you aren’t an avid foursquare user yet, you should consider atl east adding your business to the POI database – you can do this via mobile or simply via the PC UI – see www.foursquare.com
Those wandering around Denver for this week’s DNC might be able to make use of some local city guides… Wcities has just come out with a Denver guide containing over 150 Points of Interest including all of the hottest spots and most popular places around Denver’s Colorado Convention Center, this convenient destination guide is the easiest way around the city. This free guide, available via PDF, can be downloaded at http://www.wcities.com. And if I could suggest another local search tool, see the Denver Schmapplet – see http://www.schmap.com/
An interesting symantic search application is now available at Delver. I just set my profile and started building my search network.. so for it looks quite clever albeit rather slow! The concept of having your friends and colleagues help you search is indeed a great idea! Try for yourself at www.delver.com