Love a Local Business? Prove it with Intuit's Foursquare Mashup

Adam DuVander
Mar. 10 2010, 06:42PM EST

Radio stations are always looking for the "phrase that pays." That's passé. When it comes to local businesses on the web, it's praise that pays. Whether it's Yelp reviews, FourSquare check-ins, or customer feedback provided in Intuit's ongoing Love A Local Business competition.

Love a Local Business map

This mashup uses APIs to enhance its message and improve a user's ability to find a business. Search results are plotted using Google Maps (our Google Maps API profile), but are not a core part of the site.

Similarly, Intuit has used location-sharing service FourSquare (our FourSquare API profile). Optionally, users let Intuit connect to FourSquare to access recent check-ins. After all, places where users go often are bound to be ones they'd nominate for such a competition.

Love a Local Business nomination form

Each month Intuit selects five businesses to win grants of at least $5,000. Most are selected via a raffle, with each user vote counting as a "ticket." Then, based on user comments, a grand prize of an additional $30,000 may be awarded.

Want to earn some dough for your favorite business? This contest could be just the ticket.

Adam DuVander Hi! I'm Developer Communications Director for SendGrid and former Executive Editor of ProgrammableWeb. I currently serve as a Contributing Editor. If you have API news, or are interested in writing for ProgrammableWeb, please contact editor@programmableweb.com Though I'm a fan of anything API-related, my particular interest is in mapping. I've published a how-to book, Map Scripting 101, to get anyone started making maps on websites. In a not-so-distant past life I wrote for Wired and Webmonkey.

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... Such great potential ... Unforunately my customers had a really tough time voting (between privacy concerns and the process being too clunky/long/confusing) and they gave up. Getting similar reactons from my Facebook networks! Please fix this.

[...] The concept could actually be expanded to connect users in a time-shifted manner. Rather than needing to be at the same place at the same time, Singles could recognize two of its users that frequent a particular restaurant and suggest they go at the same time. With dating sites based on even more tangential commonalities, it seems like a reasonable service to give to Foursquare users who tend to love their local businesses. [...]

[...] The concept could actually be expanded to connect users in a time-shifted manner. Rather than needing to be at the same place at the same time, Singles could recognize two of its users that frequent a particular restaurant and suggest they go at the same time. With dating sites based on even more tangential commonalities, it seems like a reasonable service to give to Foursquare users who tend to love their local businesses. [...]