Fuck You! Yelper: A Tumblr Blog Takes Yelp to Task

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A new Tumblr blog is making the rounds on the Internet. First on the LA Weekly and then in Broward. I couldn't resist the opportunity to let Aters have a crack at it.

I use Yelp a lot. Whenever someone offers a restaurant recommendation I pull out my iPhone and use their app to log a bookmark. When I'm in a new hood and I'm hungry I use the same app to look at what's within walking distance. I page through the reviews when making decisions, but I take most things I read with a grain of salt. I think a careful reader can tell the difference between a power poster that likes to log as many reviews as possible and a thoughtful user who has something valuable to say.

Fuck You Yelper does the exact opposite. The anonymous author culls Yelp looking for reviews thought to be particularly biased, inflammatory or small minded. According to a manifesto the site intends to point out that many reviews don't make any sense at all.

The problem is some people just don't really give a shit. They don't care that somebody owns a business that they pour their heart/soul into, and just how much it costs to run a business.

Instead what they care about is that somebody gave them a funny look while they were waiting in line and that Rebecca Black's Friday was playing on the radio. One-star.

They go to a bar order a beer they've never tried and don't like it. One-star. Well, the bartender was cute though ... two-stars.

Here are some other highlights.

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It would seem the Yelper who lost their car has a legitimate complaint. But then again, what if there was a sign that clearly stated the spot they parked in was not available? What if they parked in front of a fire hydrant? The second example says everything but one dish was good, yet only awards a single star. I wonder how much thought went into that post. Glowing reviews can be just as suspect. Who's to say that five-star rating is a discerning diner? It could just as easily be the chef's mother.

Yelp's iPhone application and reviews taken in the aggregate are too useful to dismiss completely, but extracting useful information from the site can be a chore.



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5 comments
Jen P - Yelp Hater
Jen P - Yelp Hater

Love this blog.  And the other problem is, Yelp will post reviews like these and filter out legitimate 4 and 5 star reviews.  Unless, of course, the business owner pays for the advertising/sponshorship, aka extortion fees.  I'm creating my own page, http://www.facebook.com/yelpisafraud and would like to invite anyone sick of yelp to "like it". 

Xxsexiichick24xx
Xxsexiichick24xx

HERE IS THE BEAUTY OF YELP! IF YOU DO BUSINESS WITH THEM THEY ALLOW ALL THE GOOD COMMENTS ABOUT YOUR PLACE TO SHOW IF YOU DONT THEY FILTER ALL OF YOUR GOOD COMMENTS AND THEY PUT THEM AWAY AND THEY ONLY LET BAD ONES SHOW!! NOT TO MENTION THAT IF YOU POST SOMETHING BAD ABOUT THEM IT GOES AWAY RIGHT AWAY, YET IF ANYONE POSTS ANYTHING.. EVEN THE MOST RIDICULOUS STUPID THING THERE ARE NO WAYS TO EVER GET RID OF IT.. AND IF SOMEHOW YOU GET SOMEONE TO TAKE IT DOWN GOOD LUCK EVER SEEING GOOD COMMENTS ON YOUR YELP BS PROFILE! ANYWAY. BOTTOM LINE IS PEOPLE ABUSE YELP AS A WAY TO TAKE REVENGE FOR STUPID REASONS. " IF YOU DONT HAVE ANYTHING GOOD TO SAY JUST DONT SAY ANYTHING" GOLDEN RULE!

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Yelp, like any other social comment site, is going to have a fair share of "griefers" in the membership bodies. I'll admit ive posted a couple negative reviews on there for legit reasons because of truly bad experiences. I always find it funny that people will down a restaurant on something personal they didnt like, similar to Leslie Brenner does it for pay at the DMN, who apperantly hates everyone ;)

twinwillow
twinwillow

Love the venting! Need more of it.

cp
cp

Irony post of the year?

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