Yelp = Evil?

March 31, 2010

Yelp has been slapped with another lawsuit (they probably should have sold to Google when they had the chance…).

Nine small businesses have joined a lawsuit accusing local business review start-up Yelp Inc. of extortion and fraudulent business practices.  The original plaintiff in the putative class action suit, a veterinary hospital in Long Beach, Calif., said it had asked Yelp to remove a negative consumer review that violated Yelp’s site guidelines. According to the complaint, San Francisco-based Yelp initially removed the review but it reappeared and Yelp later declined to remove it and other negative reviews. The suit alleges that Yelp’s sales representatives repeatedly contacted the hospital offering to hide any negative reviews if it bought advertising from Yelp.

In the amended complaint, the owner of Chicago’s Bleeding Heart Bakery alleged that Yelp offered in exchange for a paid sponsorship to push any bad reviews to the end of the bakery’s listings on Yelp’s site. The bakery owner alleged that one of Yelp’s sales representatives said they would personally remove reviews identified by the owner as “bogus.”

“Yelp’s practices are extortionate and especially harmful to small businesses, such as our clients, who are particularly vulnerable to reviews posted on the site,” said Jared H. Beck, co-managing partner of Beck & Lee, referring to the original plaintiff and the nine new ones.

Yelp denied any wrongdoing and said that it reviewed the amended complaint and still believes the suit is without merit. “The allegations stem from confusion over how our review filter works to protect consumers from fake, or shill, reviews and businesses from malicious reviews from competitors,” said Vince Sollitto, Yelp’s vice president of communications.

read full article here.

I am really not surprised.  My sushi chef has told me a similar story.  He refused to pay for advertising and suddenly some good reviews started disappearing… Yelp! What are you thinking????

Decorating Inspiration

March 30, 2010

I am moving into a new pad next month!  A beautiful victorian flat one block from Alamo Square (where the Tanner family resides).  I need some bedroom decorating inspiration! Should I go shabby chic?  Or more sophisticated?  Since I value quality over quantity, maybe classic decor would be best.  Here are some photos that caught my eye (as you can tell, I have a serious obsession with grey).

West Elm ($59)

Agate Bookends ($54)

This things I would do for Missoni bedding…Can I just get a throw pillow?

LOVE tufted headboards ($199)

Ikea ($349)

Market This

March 24, 2010

Need marketing material quick, easy and cheap? Your answer, Quark.  Download their free Quark Promote software and browse templates to create brochues, fliers and business cards.  Place your order and it will be printed off of the 35 printers that have partnered with Quark.

Clyfford Still

March 17, 2010

One of my favorite American artists.  He is one of the leading figures of Abstract Expressionism.  This year, a new museum will open in Denver devoted to the pioneering work of Clyfford Still. The aptly named Clyfford Still Museum is an astonishing collection of 825 paintings and 1575 works on paper.

His work is very soothing.  Some of his paintings look like woven rugs.  Other closely resemble Chinese watercolors.

I’m One Year Old!

March 17, 2010

Today marks the one year anniversary of my blog!  Thank you so much for reading!  Hopefully there will be many more to come!

No!!! My favorite celebrity couple has split!  Kate Winslet and her amazing director husband, Sam Mendes!  Well, maybe this explains why his movies are so damn depressing.

Seven on Seven

March 15, 2010

Who ever said programmers aren’t artisitic…?  Well, I guess The New Museum in NYC thought they lacked visual talent so they decided to pair seven programmers with seven artisits to create something for the upcoming exhibiit , Seven on Seven.

Here are all seven pairings:
Artist / Technologist
Cao Fei / Jeff Hammerbacher (Facebook)
Evan Roth / Joshua Schachter (Delicious)
Aaron Koblin (made Radiohead’s “House of Cards” video using no cameras) / Matt Mullenweg (WordPress)
Monica Narula / Andrew Kortina
Ryan Trecartin / Hilary Mason
Tauba Auerbach / Ayah Bdeir
Marc Andre Robinson / David Karp (Tumblr)

For example, Schachter and Roth created an open-source software to analyze graffiti tags.

Cry Baby

March 14, 2010

Hmm never noticed this…

Move Aside Barbs

March 13, 2010

I admit, I’m not the biggest fan of the show, but these dolls are adorable!  Mattel’s Mad Men Barbie Collector.

Legally Blonde

March 12, 2010

Two of my favorite women…

@ Vital Voices 2010 Global Leadership Awards at The Kennedy Center on Wednesday (March 10) in Washington, D.C.