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January 27, 2006

Say Anything. Say Yelp.

Last night was a night to go down in the Yelp History Books. A couple of weeks ago, Yelper Russ T. approached us about the idea of proposing to his then girlfriend Marie M., also of Yelp fame.

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He had already laid the groundwork by contacting the Clay Theatre, and they were thrilled to let him use the venue, on the house.

With the stage set, we plotted and planned a special Midnight Screening of "Say Anything," only open to the Yelp Elite Squad and their guests. The trick was to get Marie to invite Russ to the film, so as to be completely and utterly surprised when he, supposedly dragged to a chick flick, got down on his knees during the infamous boombox scene and proposed right then and there.

It wasn't so hard in retrospect, since the John Cusack classic happend to be Marie's all-time favorite film! With a little underhanded prodding from Kristen N., Marie, being a dedicated Yelp Eliter, invited her friends with a passion normally reserved for sample sales.

If you follow this Talk Thread, you'll see there wasn't a dry eye in the house, especially Marie's! Congrats Marie, you've found your Lloyd Dobler!

January 26, 2006

Ask and Ye Shall Receive

The product folks were at it again...working hard through the night to bring you some of the goodies that you've been asking for.

The most obvious improvements are spell check, add/edit additional business info (hours, price range, etc.), in-page complimenting, and higher photo and review text limits.

Of course there was also lots of behind the scenes stuff and bug fixes too. Let me know if you run into any problems by mailing feedback@yelp.com. Thanks for your patience tonight and stay tuned in the next weeks and months for more great things!

PS Watch this space for photos from our recent Yelp Elite event at International Orange.

January 13, 2006

Russel Simmons - 2006 Most Valuable Player

Posted by Michael Ernst

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Entering the Slide offices with no fear and "Eye of the Tiger" blaring Yelp.com took the Beer Pong Championships by storm. The team got warmed up at Zebulon by throwing a few back under coach Nish Nadaraja. It was a cool and mildly uncomfortable half-block walk from Yelp HQ to Slide Stadium, and Yelp caught the Sliders off guard in their own playing field making such a grand entrance.


At first the tournament looked grim with Nish, Neil, Michael, Bob, Russ and Phil all succumbing to loses at the hands of Slide team members. The game was going downhill fast with everyone's sobriety waining and the beer was getting warm. The scoreboard displayed a very disappointing Slide 4, Yelp 1.


But just then, like a cougar emerging from the fog Bob and Russ stepped up to table, paddles in hand. They were rested from their last encounter and ready to wreak havoc on their opponents. Bob stretched his shoulder while Russ loosened his neck in preparation of the match that would ensue. The two continued to trounce one Slide team after another, commanding the table. The office dogs ran around, chasing each other, barking, but the duo kept winning, unfailing in their goal until the scoreboard read Yelp 5, Slide 3. Co-founder Russel Simmons rose up and led the charge, earning his MVP title that night.


In the end, Yelp emerged victorious, far from sober and with a new sense of entitlement. Victory was theirs.

January 06, 2006

Quack quack goes the duck

Posted by Michael Ernst

Duckads So, it looks like we rustled up ourselves a duck and slapped some Yelp stickers on it. C'mon now, we're not that cruel, it's not a real duck... A duck is a WWII amphibious vehicle converted to give people tours crusing around on land and in the ocean. And Yelp just teamed up with Bay Quackers to spread the word to all of our lovely San Francisco tourists and locals alike taking tours in the bay. In a sneaky little move, our own Bob Goodson finagled a swap in ad space to get us on the duck. We give them an ad on Yelp and they let me design some stuff for the duck. Not a bad deal, if you ask me.

So, if you feel like playing tourist for a day or need something entertaining to show the folks the next time they're in town, head on up to the Fisherman's Wharf and give 'em a spin on these wacky things. Then point at the ads, make this shocked face and say, "Wow, that's the Yelp I use to find all that cool stuff here in town." Your parents will be so proud.