I like to rate the places I’ve been, both for my future reference and so other people can get a feel before they visit a place. The problem with most rating sites, though, is that I never remember to go back and rate the places I’ve been. Bubbalon aims to fix that by monitoring your foursquare checkins and sending you a gentle reminder through Twitter to rate each place you visit.
By linking your foursquare and Twitter accounts, Bubbalon is able to watch where you check in on foursquare. After a set time period (to give you time to actually try the food, for instance), you’ll get an @ reply on Twitter asking you to rate the venue you’ve just visited. You can reply directly in your Twitter client by entering a score (from 1 to 100) and a comment, like this: “68 Coffee was good, but donuts had too much glaze.” Your rating will automatically be added to your account. For venues you visit regularly, Bubbalon will wait two weeks before sending you another tweet.
In addition to foursquare venues, Bubbalon lets you rate just about anything you want, including companies, websites (try this one), books, movies and ideas. You rate “items” with a score and an emotion.Â All of the ratings for an item are averaged to determine its overall score. You can also add filters to see how people from different genders, ages and locations felt about that item. Bubbalon uses your likes and dislikes to match you up with other users who share your tastes.
To get started, register on the Bubbalon site and follow the Registration Wizard. You’ll be prompted to connect both your Foursquare and Twitter accounts. Choose a delay time to tell Bubbalon how long to wait before sending you a request and you’re ready to start checking in.
Give it a try and let us know what you think in the comments.
This video from Bubbalon will give you a feel for how the service works: