Posts Tagged ‘Urbanspoon’

Urbanspoon’s Demise

Author: Lyle

I had been a user of Urbanspoon for quite a long time – I think it was the first app I downloaded on my first iPhone (iPhone 3, if I recall). I was great when traveling for finding a place to eat, and I eventually started adding reviews there and placing Urbanspoon tags on my travel log.  Urbanspoon has recently been absorbed by something called “Zomato“.

The transition has apparently not taken Screen Shot 2015-06-27 at 8.08.35 AMmy account with it, I’m unable to log in.  Even as a new user of Zomato I can’t get it to recognize the city I want to search – it seems to think I’m in London, with no way to change this.  The location change widget just cycles on a cryptic “Peabody, Peabody”.   I looked at downloadingthe iPhone app, but the reviews are terrible.  The Urbanspoon user base seems to have mostly bolted, based on the reviews on line and comments on news articles (most are advising to move to Yelp).  This may be a lesson on mismanagement of integrating an acquisition in the long run.

I’m not sure where I’ll move to for searching – most likely Yelp – but I am glad I’ve been keeping the bulk of my content in an app I control directly.

Changed Travel Log URL

Author: Lyle

While its been there for a long time, I needed to change the URL for the Travel Log.  The underscore in the URL ( was wrecking the ability of Urbanspoon to spider through the site and make cross-links.  Upon reflection, an underscore in a URL seems like a dumb idea.  I’m surprised Blogger allowed it in the first place.  So, if I wrecked any links, sorry (but I can’t imagine anyone cross-linking into the site).  Please make a note, the travel log is:

The links on the left have been fixed and work fine.  If you linked to me from an outside place, sorry for the change.  Remove the underscore and the link will be repaired.