Hey everybody! Just thought you might like to hear about this cool iPhone/iPad app called Foodspotting. I’ve been using it recently and really like it. It’s a great way to get pictures of the local food scene and does a better job letting you know what dishes are good versus if the restaurant/service/whatever is good. It’s all food.
Yes, information about ambience, service, reservations, group friendliness, etc. is important, but that’s what places like Yelp and Urbanspoon are for. If you just want to know what looks good around you or want something to eat, but aren’t sure what, then you should check out Foodspotting.
You can also use it with your internet browser. Recommended by many well-known publishers like Time and WSJ, this at least guarantees some viability for the app’s continued participation that really keeps the app running. A lot of people are on it, but it is true that the app is better applied to well-known food places or major cities than others are. However, Austin is quickly becoming one of these places. Recently, it was used at SXSW to show off the food trucks and there are numerous guides suggesting places to eat while you’re visiting in Austin.
In signing up, you get a limited number of “noms” and “tips” for signing up. The “noms” are supposed to be your input on what you’ve eaten and what you think is the tastiest, hence the limited number of “noms.” The “tips” is to show how much you’ve contributed and participated and may get you some unknown prize in the future. However, at the moment, it is just to show off that you do something on Foodspotting. You can also let people know if they took a great shot, “want” something so you remember to get it in the future, and make comments of your own on people’s shots and the food.
I do find the program to be buggy sometimes like freezes while looking for food or posting a comment, but overall it works smoothly to spot something and check out new restaurants that pop up that have been spotted.
Overall, Foodspotting is a pretty cool app and you can easily increase connectivity by connecting it with Facebook, Foursquare, Twitter, etc. I really love the app whenever I feel like something to eat and I’m not sure where to go. If you join, look me up, quotid!
Rating: 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 for participation, some bugginess, and ease of use. Great if you love to eat out and/or take pictures of eating out.