If you dig around a little, you’ll hear rumors that Yelp has a minor extortion scheme going, wherein they will remove bad reviews for a cost. This makes me uneasy (next you’ll tell me Wikipedia is inaccurate) as I truly believe in the collective opinions of the masses. For movies, I check out IMDB and Netflix user write-ups before I go to Rotten Tomatoes. If I’m researching gadgets, I’ll read the opinions of Amazon.com users over the wonks at CNET. And if I’m scouting restaurants, I prefer Yelp to The New York Times, even if the prose is less elegant. I believe in the voice of the people.
In the very spirit of participatory web democracy, let me ask my readers- what do you think of Yelp? Give it a star rating.