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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