Crowdbeacon: When Quora Meets Yelp
A location-based Q&A application searches Foursquare, Yelp and Wishpond - and lets individuals and businesses respond to your search with real-time recommendations.
Crowdbeacon is a recently-launched iPhone application that essentially acts as a GPS-based Q&A application. More contextually – let’s say you’re in the West Village for a meeting and need a haircut at a salon that could see you in the next 30 minutes. Posting this ‘beacon’ via the Crowdbeacon app will allow users or businesses to respond to you with answers, and will search local Foursquare, Yelp and Wishpond results. Crowdbeacon aims to merge the Q&A model of Quora with Yelp’s locality.
We don’t know if anyone else has integrated Foursquare search in a similar fashion, but Crowdbeacon seems to offer a rather inventive – and helpful – platform for immediate, location-based responses and recommendations. Foursquare and Yelp integration capitalizes on already existing resources, while allowing businesses to respond to you directly allows for real-time accessibility and relevance, where businesses with availability come to you.
We’ll have to wait and see if Crowdbeacon permeates, and gathers the participation needed for it to be a one-stop resource for real-time, location-based recommendations.