FourWhere Now Combines Gowalla, Yelp and Foursquare

By Mark Evans - Monday, June 21st, 2010 at 9:00 am  

We are excited to announce that FourWhere now includes places and content from Gowalla and Yelp – a move that makes it the only service to integrate information from the three leading location-based services: Gowalla, Yelp and Foursquare.

Since its launch in March, FourWhere has received an enthusiastic reception by providing users with an easy way to discover places and comments for thousands of restaurants, bars, cafes, stores, tourist attractions and other venues. The service uses data from Foursquare, Gowalla and Yelp, and displays it using Google Maps API.

Not only does FourWhere now combine information from Foursquare, Gowalla and Yelp, it also uses intelligent matching to amalgamate similar venues. For example, Moonbean Coffee can appear as Moonbean Coffee Company or The Moonbean Coffee by different sources. Fourwhere merges all three descriptions, along with comments to the venue.

FourWhere is a free service developed by Sysomos Inc., a leading social media monitoring and analytics provider. Nick Koudas, Sysomos’ chief executive and co-founder, said Fourwhere reflects Sysomos’ ability to quickly introduce innovative services.

“FourWhere is an example of how Sysomos can leverage its leading-edge data and text analytics technology to seize upon new opportunities,” Koudas said. “We recognized the growing interest in location-based services, and we continue to look for new ways to expand FourWhere to take advantage of the market’s growth.”

The addition of Gowalla and Yelp means FourWhere users now have even more information at their fingertips when looking for places to eat, shop, socialize or visit in thousand of cities around the world.

Using FourWhere is easy. There is no need to register, and you don’t have to be a member of Foursquare, Gowalla or Yelp to discover new places and comments. To use FourWhere, search for a location (city or address), and then click on the map to see the places in which Foursquare, Gowalla or Yelp users have been, and any comments they have left about particular places.

If, for example, you are looking for a place to eat near the Charlestown Bridge in Boston, you would search for “Boston” or “Charlestown Bridge, Boston”, and then move the map to the area around the bridge. FourWhere then displays information about each place on the map, as well as offering details about the service it came from, and the users who provided the information.

In this case, we are looking at comments for a Polcari’s Coffee Shop. Each comment includes information about whether it came from a Foursquare, Gowalla and Yelp user. More information about a user can be seen by clicking on their photo or avatar.

If you have any comments or suggestions about FourWhere, please let us know.

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30 Responses to “FourWhere Now Combines Gowalla, Yelp and Foursquare”

  1. […] bloggen skriver man att Sysomos VD och grundare, Nick Koudas, tycker att FourWhere visar Sysomos möjlighet […]

  2. Julien says:

    Interesting! How do you get the data from them? PubSubHubbub?

  3. Lisa says:

    This looks brilliant on my macbook. Looks awful on my iphone (so I would assume also all mobile phones). Can the site be mobilefied? :) Or if there is a mobile version, where it at?

  4. Mark Evans says:

    We got the data from Foursquare, Gowalla and Yelp through their APIs.

    Mark

  5. megan says:

    Will be more useful when you have a blackberry app and iphone app…until then it is very limited. Also would be nice if you could update to those sites as well (unlike yelp’s bb app, which is pointless).

  6. K Kay says:

    When will htis be an App in the Google Marketplace?????

  7. Interesting merging of data – I’ve been experimenting with a similar concept at PlanetEye and can appreciate what you are trying to do. Nice work!

    Matt.

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  9. Have you thought about partnering/including Groupon? I know that it has nothing to do with the location based market, but if I was looking for something to do in the area where that Groupon was available, I would be interested.

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  14. Ed Peterson says:

    Methadone for my Foursquare and Yelp addictions! Thanks for the great app!

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  18. Sinjy says:

    Would be good to be able to filter what data to view, I’m not interested in Yelp and Gowalla just the Four Square checks

  19. Thank you for this very distinctive blog of yours. I can not begin to picture your sources for these ideas, but this has made a good impression on me. Expecting there is more to come.

  20. loky says:

    cool idea, but the site is not working at the moment. extremely slow, and no return data after trying 4 times. :(

  21. a747 says:

    Doesn’t work properly on Android.

    Specific mobile version should a plus.

  22. Holmes says:

    great thing!! Would love to have an android version!!

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  24. LaNN says:

    fourwhere.com feedback:

    Please remember where the last location I go with zoom factor and openned ballon.

    When I browse fourwhere.com drag the map, zoom and checkout the nearest venue, clicking something like Sysmos logo, foursquare link for the venue makes me leaving the map. Clicking back button in browser doest not preserve the last location on fourwhere, I need to find back where am I.

  25. Johan C says:

    Doesn’t seem to work. No venues come up in either Safari and Firefox on MacOS X or Explorer on Windows XP

  26. mareks says:

    Same (http://blog.sysomos.com/2010/06/21/fourwhere-now-combines-gowalla-yelp-and-foursquare/comment-page-1/#comment-31324) here..

    Unfortunately not showing activity on the map in any of browers..

  27. carilo says:

    Not working on any browser here either.

  28. kelly says:

    I made a map that also combines yelp and foursquare. I’m actually not sure how you get more than 3 yelp review (fragments) since that’s all the Yelp API gives you. Since this one isn’t working, you might be interested in mine: http://www.yepmap.com . I try to tackle a different problem: Visualizing the rating and review count on the map itself.

  29. Marisa says:

    I cosign the suggestion on making this a streamlined iPhone/Android app. I’ve been looking for a search app that aggregates FourSquare + Yelp reviews for ages… Fourwhere is a great concept! :)

  30. Evert says:

    Time to scrap Gowalla from http://fourwhere.com/ They shut down permanently about 10 days ago…