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"Big Things Underway" Zagat Founders Talk About Google

The way of the future..........


Intro:


These days we turn to crowdsourced reviews on everything from dentists to DVDs, but there was a day when this concept was in its infancy.


Back in 1979, corporate lawyers Tim and Nina Zagat started soliciting restaurant reviews from their friends, then documenting their results methodically in annual guides.


Flash forward to the present: Zagat reviews have become an industry mainstay, and the company was just sold to Google for an undisclosed price (insiders clock the deal between $100 and $200 million).


The Zagats, who continue to helm the company they started, stopped by San Francisco to celebrate their 25th year of reviewing the Bay Area. Culture Feed caught up with them at the Ferry Building yesterday for a few lunchtime questions.


http://www.siliconvalleywatcher.com/mt/archives/2011/09/big_things_unde.php

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Curation & Context at it's Best: Urbanspoon Adds Zagat Reviews -

Curation & Context at it's Best: Urbanspoon Adds Zagat Reviews - | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
Urbanspoon has signed a deal with Zagat that will see over 25,000 Zagat reviews featured prominently on Urbanspoon.

 

Urbanspoon has signed a deal with Zagat that will see over 25,000 Zagat reviews featured prominently on Urbanspoon.

 

Urbanspoon tells WebProNews, “”We’re excited to be working with Zagat – the pinnacle of high end restaurant reviews. Providing diners with easy access to Zagat reviews directly on their smartphones will make it even easier to select the best dining options.”

 

“Our goal at Urbanspoon is to give users the most accurate, in-depth look at local restaurants to help inform their decision about what new spots to try and which favorites to keep on their go-to list,” said Urbanspoon GM Kara Nortman. “Bringing in content from Zagat, arguably the most famous name in restaurant reviews, adds another layer of trusted insight to help people find the best restaurants in their cities.”

 

Zagat’s ratings and recommendations for restaurants will appear alongside Urbanspoon’s aggregated content. Users will be able to access the reviews along with general business info, photos and related blog posts.

 

This is the whole piece, there's a visual to show you how it'll look when you click here and scroll to the bottom.

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/content-curation-social-media/p/418629223/curation-at-it-s-best-urbanspoon-adds-zagat-reviews

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Google Buys Zagat: Could this affect local search?

Google Buys Zagat: Could this affect local search? | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
Google has acquired Zagat, the survey company and multimedia publisher known best for its print guides to local restaurants.

 

While certainly a great move for Google after its well documented failure to buy Yelp, this consumeraffairs.com article asks an important question: will Google searches for local restaurant related searches now give higher credence to zagat?

 

There certainly does appear to be a conflict of interest when the search engine provider owns some of the content.  It will be interesting to follow this story.  I suspect that any hint of preferntial treatment for zagat in its searches can only backfire on on Google and could result in new regulations.  Time will tell!

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