AlikeList, a New Local/Social Platform, Raises $5 million and Launches

This has been the year for new sites that combine service directories and social features such as ratings and reviews. Earlier this year, we’ve seen sites such as RedBeacon, HelpHive, and others launch. Depending on definitions, earlier entrants include Citysearch, Yelp.com, Tree.com’s DoneRight, FixR , LocalPrice, InsiderPages and Centerd. Behind their fancy Web 2.0 veneers, […]

ILM:09: Keynote from Yelp COO Geoff Donaker

Yelp has taken a counter-intuitive approach by taking a slow and expensive city by city rollout approach – and has apparently succeeded as it attracts 26 million unique visitors per month, up 40 percent from last year, and has planted community managers in 33 cities in the U.S. and abroad. Moreover, the site has an […]

Fwix, a ‘Local Newswire,’ Goes Mobile for Easy Submissions

The opportunities for “citizen journalism” and “consumer nation” are there. Social and hyperlocal media sites like Yelp and Angie’s List have done more than OK. But mobile on-the-go apps are more than likely going to kick the roof off. Citysearch has already seen this with its reviews. When people don’t have to wait to go […]

Potts: Yelp Squeezing Newspapers, like Craigslist Eating Classifieds

Local media consultant Mark Potts writes in his blog that “Yelp is doing the kind of fundamental damage to newspapers’ traditional local entertainment listing and reviewing role that Craigslist did to classifieds.” For Potts, that means more bad news for newspapers. “The last really defensible franchise for newspapers is local news and information, and local […]