Tech test drive: Foodspotting
Spend five minutes on Foodspotting, a photo-based social network and dining guide, and you will be salivating for tastes around the world. Users upload and tag pictures of their mouth-watering fare and the online community can explore localized food scenes based on the most appetizing photos.
The road test: We spent an hour just browsing content, searching by city, by restaurant, by food, by recent posts, by most popular and by user. Then, we downloaded the mobile app, went out on the town, and shared our food findings with the world.
The highlights: Foodspotting is clearly a site designed for foodies, by foodies, who all share a passion for ogling picture-perfect nibbles. Most photos are high quality, appear large enough to see every appetizing detail, and when you click on a specific dish, a Google map pinpoints the item’s location.
In terms of functionality, we love how many different ways there are to search. Whether you visit with a clear purpose or are just browsing, the user experience is effortless. We also like the way the social networking component has been integrated. It is an added benefit – there for those who like it and useful if you have friends that share your passion for food – but not a requirement to operate the site.
The speedbumps: Currently, Foodspotting’s mobile app only operates on iPhone, Android and Windows phone platforms. A mobile app for Blackberry is coming soon. Other than this minor complaint, we have ideas about where we’d like the site to go. For instance, we think there is the potential for an interesting crossover with Opentable.com. Give users the ability link to an Opentable reservation page from a photo and Opentable could link to food photos from their reservation pages. We would also enjoy a “recommendations” function that suggests dishes/restaurants based on items you have selected as “nom” (like).
The bottom line: We think the site is absolutely delectable. If like searching for restaurants based on pictures of tasty food, than this site is for you.