Saturday, August 01, 2009

Trending Restaurants on Google Maps

Schmap - Picks

Picks is a new Twitter application that was released yesterday, in public beta, by digital travel guides website Schmap. This new application provides a cool way to discover Twitter trending local restaurants and bars.

Using Picks users can tweet their favourite restaurant and bars and also add their opinion to other users' picks. It is is great way to find trending restaurants. The results can be filtered in useful ways, based on location and category.

The location of each of the trended venues is shown on a Google Map. If you hover your mouse over any of the Tweets, the location of the venue discussed is shown on a Google Map. The map cleverly remains permanently on view, even when you scroll up and down on the web page.

Picks currently covers 13 cities, including New York, San Francisco, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Seattle, London and Sydney. Schmap has plans to add more cities in the future, as well as plans to enhance the site with more filter and search options and to release an iPhone app that displays Twitter trending restaurants around the user's detected location.

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