No, I didn't just kick the neighbor's dog.
Some of you might be familiar with Yelp as that online tool that enables people to review different businesses. I see it all the time when checking out places to stay on trips down south. One of the first links that usually comes up is Yelp where you get to see what other people think of that particular motel or hotel.
I became reacquainted with it yesterday when I did a search for Big Louie's Pizzeria. We were looking for the ingredients to their Baja pizza and came up with Yelp first. Unlike my other visits to Yelp, this was the first time I decided to do my own evaluation. I thought I might already have done a Yelp review but was asked to register first. No biggie. I registered and wrote a quick evaluation of Big Louie's.
The slightly unpleasant surprise was they're linked in with Facebook and Twitter and I was asked it I'd like to have my Facebook info added to Yelp. I thought I chose not to but, within an hour of registering, I received a "Friend" request from one of my Facebook friends who also uses Yelp. A few hours later I received another. I really didn't want to get in to that.
I guess it's no big deal but why does everything have to revolve around Facebook? Still, the site works easily enough and should be a useful tool for people to review and evaluate businesses. As long as they pay particular attention to my reviews since I don't have an axe to grind as some of the others seem to.