Foursquare tips are now available to CityGrid Publishing Partners!
In addition to the 6.5million reviews already available in the APIs, a new set of 2.5M tips from the Foursquare community are now available via API.
Similar to other reviews these must be attributed to the content provider, link to the providers site, and display a “read more” link to the full review.
All reviews will be tagged as from Foursquare to make it easy to choose whether to display them and when to attribute.
Examples for your viewing pleasure:
Pinterest is blowing up, its one of those new app crazes that has really struck a chord, primarily with women. Its all over the media and blogosphere, and everyone is talking about staggering user counts and how much traffic can drive to a website.
I started playing with the Pinterest API to see what the potential of the platform is beyond just the consumer side. The API is simple, yet robust and each and every pin potentially has latitude, longitude and other location information associated with it.
To date the consumer side of Pinterest is is organized by category and very photo based for exploration and discovery. The local potential of Pinterest doesn’t even seem tapped at all yet, leaving huge opportunity for developers to build something cool that allows users to explore interesting things in a map, by city, neighborhood, zip code or in real-time via their mobile phone.
With this opportunity I’m adding it to my developer opportunity list. Seems like Pinterest API combined with CityGrid Places, Offers and Reviews APIs, you could make some interesting user experiences allowing web and mobile users to explore interesting things right around them.
You could easily monetize just by showing CityGrid places along with Pinterest content, and if you wanted to further monetize with CityGrid local advertising. I’m going to play with some PHP, Python and Ruby samples for Pinterest + CityGrid integrations, then maybe some mobile samples as well.
Let me know if you have any ideas as well.
I had a CityGrid developer post on the forum today, that they were concerned about the age of some of the reviews they were getting back with API requests.
When they did a search for the Old Spaghetti Factory in Portland, OR–one of the reviews was nine years old.
When making a detail request against the CityGrid Places API you get reviews back with the business listing, without much control over how many, or which reviews when making the request.
Alternatively you can make a request against the CityGrid Reviews API, requesting a broad “where” or longtitue/latitude search for reviews, or specifically request the reviews for a specific places ID.
Three of the primary request fields you can adjust when making a CityGrid Reviews API request are:
- rating – minimal rating for reviews
- days – maximum age i days for the reviews
- rpp – number of results to be returned
Using the CityGrid Reviews API you can get more granular level control over the reviews you display for a city, neighborhood, zip code, specific categories and for specific businesses you are profiling.
Make sure and think about how you will handle reviews for your web or mobile application, and better deliver business reviews for your users, using the CityGrid Reviews API in addition to the CityGrid Places API.