Things were so much simpler before smartphones.
Email was contained to our computers. Selfies were limited to annoying tourists in New York City. We shared music on mixtapes. We actually enjoyed concerts instead of trying to record them. We didn’t feel compelled to look up every arcane fact on Google.
And we certainly didn’t take photos of every meal we ate.
But as annoying as it is when people constantly snap and post their crappy pre-meal photos on social media, perhaps the app, “Foodie” can turn the bothersome behavior into a blessing.
The mobile app, which was recently demonstrated at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference, is very much like a Tinder for meals.
Foodie shows users Yelp photos of restaurants in their area. If a food looks appetizing and magically delicious (ala Lucky Charms), users swipe right to like it. If, on the other hand, a food looks gross, they swipe left to dislike it.
All swipes to the right are saved, and the user can then see the Yelp reviews of the restaurants they saved. A map also allows users to see what restaurants in their area are hot at any given moment given the swiping patterns of other Foodie users. Foodie founder John Kim says:
We want to know where other people are around the location and then be able to give them what’s hot now. That’s something Yelp doesn’t do; it shows you what was hot before, but it doesn’t show what’s trending now based on the weather. If it’s super hot, ice cream could be trending, for example.
This app has several things going for it. When it comes to evaluating food, we tend to respond at an instinctual level. We see a photo and immediately make a judgement on whether or not it looks appetizing. Foodie basically allows users to organize and analyze their instinctive judgements.
The app also lets users get almost real-time information about restaurants. Instead of relying on old reviews, users can see what people around them are liking and disliking right now.
Now if only these guys could come up with an app that helps my wife decide what she wants once we get to the restaurant.
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Scott Page says
LOL. It was only a matter of time before the Tinder style application would be applied to something else. In a big city with a ton of places to eat, this is a great help. You can also use to discover new places to eat and save them for later so you do not forget about them.
Michael Reeves says
I am going to promote the hell out of this one. It is a great idea!
Leonard Montgomery says
LOL, I think this was only a matter of time. Usually a popular website shows up online, gets plenty of attention and all of the copy cats come out to play. Now the same is happening with applications.