Recommendations for the Twitter crowd: GoodRec

Quick, you’re at an awesome restaurant, want to tell everyone about it, but only have a mobile phone and don’t want to bang out a long review. How do you a quick review? GoodRec has the answer. They designed its service for the people who are used to telling the world everything in 140 characters on Twitter.

Here Goodrec’s CEO, Mihir Shah, gives me a demo of its just-released iPhone app and demonstrates why his recommendation service is better for lots of things than competitors like Yelp or Amazon’s reviews.

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  1. Ive been whittling down my location based recommendation apps for sometime now and am down to 3.
    In order of preference.
    1. yelp
    2. Goodrec
    3. Brightkite
    4. Nearby
    5. Whrrl
    6. Where

    Im still looking for the perfect blend of quality and fun of recommendations, ease of use, and social connection

  2. Ive been whittling down my location based recommendation apps for sometime now and am down to 3.
    In order of preference.
    1. yelp
    2. Goodrec
    3. Brightkite
    4. Nearby
    5. Whrrl
    6. Where

    Im still looking for the perfect blend of quality and fun of recommendations, ease of use, and social connection

  3. It’s interesting to look at Goodrec in context of an earlier ‘micro review’ site, Blippr, which has a lot of promise and a similar mechanic, but no mobile offering. There’s a quick comparison on my blog today…

  4. It’s interesting to look at Goodrec in context of an earlier ‘micro review’ site, Blippr, which has a lot of promise and a similar mechanic, but no mobile offering. There’s a quick comparison on my blog today…

  5. great stuff. the character limit is going to make the recommendations super useful. you may want to reserve ~20 characters (of the 160) for meta data or transactional features in the future. :-)

  6. great stuff. the character limit is going to make the recommendations super useful. you may want to reserve ~20 characters (of the 160) for meta data or transactional features in the future. :-)

  7. The comments I sent to GoodRec:
    How do I make a rec? I cannot see how to add a place…..maybe just me…
    Why can you not fill the database with places from databases so we can just rec?
    We need a “pub” category for the UK and elsewhere
    Great idea. Saw it on Scobleizer

  8. The comments I sent to GoodRec:
    How do I make a rec? I cannot see how to add a place…..maybe just me…
    Why can you not fill the database with places from databases so we can just rec?
    We need a “pub” category for the UK and elsewhere
    Great idea. Saw it on Scobleizer

  9. 140 character restaurant reviews could be a great thing once the volume of recommendations grows. The value of recommendations to a traveler can’t be underestimated.

    For me, Trip Advisor’s Restaurant finding app, Local Picks has been a godsend when traveling. A big part of its value is that it taps into existing restaurant reviews in a very large database of reviews that has been developed on Trip Advisor over many years.

    I think the best way an application like the free iPhone App, Good Food (by GoodRec) can make an impact is by integrating its results with an existing review database and by pulling short forms of existing restaurant reviews into its database.

    There may be other partners for other data for reviews of books and such as well.

    Although the app may have great advice for friends sharing recommendations in their city, the greater benefit is to provide comprehensive reviews for people visiting a region.

  10. 140 character restaurant reviews could be a great thing once the volume of recommendations grows. The value of recommendations to a traveler can’t be underestimated.

    For me, Trip Advisor’s Restaurant finding app, Local Picks has been a godsend when traveling. A big part of its value is that it taps into existing restaurant reviews in a very large database of reviews that has been developed on Trip Advisor over many years.

    I think the best way an application like the free iPhone App, Good Food (by GoodRec) can make an impact is by integrating its results with an existing review database and by pulling short forms of existing restaurant reviews into its database.

    There may be other partners for other data for reviews of books and such as well.

    Although the app may have great advice for friends sharing recommendations in their city, the greater benefit is to provide comprehensive reviews for people visiting a region.

  11. Hi guys, thanks for the feedback and kind words.

    The iPhone app that Mihir talks about in the video was just approved by Apple today. It’s called GoodFood and it should make it even easier to find and rec restaurants while on the go.

    The new app is all native, so it’s much faster than our initial offering. It’s also more tightly focused on restaurants, so it should be much easier to find and filter recs based on criteria such as price, cuisine, which friends rated it, etc.

    And now that we’re out of beta, GoodFood is completely open, so you can download and use the app right away without signing up.

    http://goodrec.com/downloads/goodfood/iphone/

    We think it’s one of the best apps out there for finding recommendations, especially if you like flickable maps. Hope you continue to find it useful.

  12. Hi guys, thanks for the feedback and kind words.

    The iPhone app that Mihir talks about in the video was just approved by Apple today. It’s called GoodFood and it should make it even easier to find and rec restaurants while on the go.

    The new app is all native, so it’s much faster than our initial offering. It’s also more tightly focused on restaurants, so it should be much easier to find and filter recs based on criteria such as price, cuisine, which friends rated it, etc.

    And now that we’re out of beta, GoodFood is completely open, so you can download and use the app right away without signing up.

    http://goodrec.com/downloads/goodfood/iphone/

    We think it’s one of the best apps out there for finding recommendations, especially if you like flickable maps. Hope you continue to find it useful.

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