Foodspotting: Find & Share Dishes Instead of Places

March 8, 2010

11:29 am

There are plenty of web services that allow you to search and find restaurants and, more important, reviews about those establishments. The largest ones are probably Yelp and Open Table.  There are also tons of other mobile apps like FourSquare that offer brief reviews as you “check in” at these locations.

But what if you’re not necessarily looking for a restaurant but are more interested in finding where to satisfy a craving for a particular dish?  Or instead of sharing information about the restaurant where you are dining, you’d rather share photos of the food you are enjoying?

In that case, Foodspotting is just what you need.  As the site’s slogan puts it, “Find food, not just restaurants.”

Many people like to take photos of food at restaurants and share them with others via Twitter and other social networks. Foodspotting not only helps you do that; it also gives you recognition for sharing your awesome finds.

Here’s how Foodspotting explains it:

“Foodspotters” earn recognition for sharing foods they love, enabling foodseekers to find whatever they’re craving and see what’s good wherever they go.”

“That lets you find dishes instead of just restaurants. It’s powered by ‘foodspotters’ who share their food photos and expertise while building a rich collection of foods and where to find them.”

You can post sightings on the Foodspotting website or email them to There’s also an iPhone app that TechCrunch recently covered.

Download the Foodspotting iPhone ApplicationFoodspotting.

If you’re going to be a “foodspotter,” you need to know the terminology:

  • “Sightings” are specific foods at specific places.
  • “Wants” are sightings that you’d like to try. Find foods you want under the “collect” section.
  • “Noms” are for foods you’ve tried and loved best. But there’s a catch: You only get five noms to start with and must earn the right to nominate more foods after that by earning “reputation points.” The more reputation points you earn, the more noms you’re allowed to give out.
  • “Reputation points” can be earned by making valuable contributions to Foodspotting. You earn five points for every sighting, 10 points whenever someone “wants” a dish you spotted, and 25 points whenever someone “noms” a dish you spotted. You can give out one more nom for every 25 points.
  • “Champions” are people who’ve spotted a food at more places than anyone else. Details coming soon!

Following places, dishes, and foodspotters you trust enables you to stay on top of the latest sightings. You’ll soon see sightings on the homepage from foodspotters who are following you. Sounds like fun!

Foodspotting was founded by Alexa Andrzejewski (Adaptive Path) and Ted Grubb (Get Satisfaction) and is backed by a solid team. I will totally start using this now and hope to see many of you on Foodspotting, too, nominating some excellent dishes.  😉

Don’t miss the Foodspotting demo as Microsoft BizSpark and Volusion present TECH cocktail SXSW: Johnny Cash Blackout Sunday!

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Jimmy Gardner is a Senior Unix/Windows Engineer, a lover of technology and photography. Follow him online at @jjgardner3 and enjoy his portfolio at

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