Friday, May 13, 2011

Social media and your food

Gotta love social media and the twists and turns it takes. It can be used for marketing, public relations, networking, business and a whole slew of other tools. But what's the one thing people "need" to do in order to survive: eat. About a year old, Foodspotting allows users to recommend their favorite dishes and drinks by taking photos of the items and sharing them with the community via the website or smartphone apps. They can bookmark foods they want to try, endorse their favorite dishes by giving them a blue ribbon or a "nom," to gain points. Sounds like Foursquare, but limited to food.

The good ol' social media folks at the Philly tourism office have partnered up with Foodspotting to promote local food and dining in the Philadelphia area. After all, Philly is a food town, so why not create guides which help out citizens and tourists.

Guides include:
  • Taskykake-inspired dishes
  • Beer lovers' breweries
  • Veg-Out!
  • Philly Te Ama, related to food and drink at Latino-inspired eateries
So grab your smartphone and start foodspotting all around town. You might discover a new dish, something you didn't know about vegans or just get trashed drinking beer. Oh and don't forget to follow VisitPhilly's guides on Foodspotting; besides, they have yet another cool contest.
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