Web Wednesday: Yelp

It’s late afternoon on a Friday. The kids have been bouncing off the walls. ALL  FRIGGIN DAY. No matter how many times you’ve tried to clean up the living room, after two minutes of cleaning it, they managed to make it look like a hurricane came through there. You had like seven loads of laundry to do. And the pacifiers that you just bought for your youngest seem to have disappeared into a black hole. You’re way too tired to even think about cooking dinner.

The hubby asks if you want to go out to eat. To a “nice” restaurant. Nice meaning that their ketchup comes in a bottle not packets. To a restaurant where they serve you. You aren’t sure where to go because it’s been like three years since you’ve gone to a restaurant that didn’t have a drive thru. You need some help picking a place. That’s when you turn to Yelp.

Yelp is a website where people can look for a variety of local businesses, not just restaurants. You can use Yelp to find things like a really awesome tailor for that snazzy new suit you just bought or a bounce house rental company for your kid’s birthday party. Ordinary people, like you and me, can write reviews on their experiences with these businesses. We can sing the praises of places we’ve loved or ward people off from places that were less than stellar.

I like Yelp because it’s more than just a place for reviews. It’s a community. There are times when Yelpers meet up, in real life. And the meet ups aren’t always just to eat or drink, although those can be fun too. There are also times when the Yelp community comes together to do some good. Which, in my book, just makes Yelp that much more likable.

So, if you haven’t already done so, check out Yelp. It’s pretty cool.

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