You're out and about with a bunch of friends and you get hungry. It happens all of the time, right? Which app or service do you go to first to find a restaurant and get a table? For many, it might be Google Maps, then a phone call. Forget that, because foursquare is getting super robust as of late.
Luckily, making reservations just got really easy, thanks to a new partnership. Here's what foursquare had to say about its mashup with OpenTable today:
Now when you're searching for the perfect dinner spot with Explore on iPhone or Android, you're just a few taps away from making a reservation. Foursquare's teamed up with OpenTable to provide painless in-app reservation making at thousands of restaurants across the U.S., no phone calls necessary.
When you find a venue under "Explore" that has an OpenTable integration, you'll be prompted to go ahead and make the reservation. Super simple:
As I've said before, I'm using foursquare way more than I use a service like Yelp to find new places as I explore new cities. Explore is even handy in San Francisco, where there are hundreds of restaurants that I haven't even discovered yet. Bringing all of this functionality into one place is a brilliant move by foursquare, and makes other services obsolete. Throw in tips, photos and past check-in information from your friends and this whole thing is really shaping up to be huge.
Was Dennis Crowley, foursquare CEO, testing this out today?
$16 salad. (@ Dean & DeLuca w/ 3 others) 4sq.com/V6dSGt
Dennis Crowley (@dens) September 28, 2012
Either way, that much money for a salad is a crime.
Foursquare is a geographical location based social network that incorporates gaming elements. Users share their location with friends by "checking in" via a smartphone app or by text message. Points are awarded for checking in at various venues. Users can connect their Foursquare accounts to their Twitter and Facebook accounts, which can update when a check in is registered. By checking in a certain number of times, or in different locations, users can collect virtual badges. In addition, users...
OpenTable provides a restaurant management system for restaurateurs called the ERB (Electronic Reservation Book). In addition, the company operates OpenTable.com, a website for making restaurant reservations online. The website initially launched in the San Francisco area in March of 1999. Since then OpenTable has grown to have a customer base of over 25,000 restaurants in the U.S., Canada, Germany, Japan, Mexico and the UK. More than 325 million diners have been seated via OpenTable.