Google Acquires Food Rating Service Zagat

You ever been to a restaurant where they have a ‘Zagat Rated’ sign on the front door and loved the food so much you’d go there everyday for lunch? Yeah, that’s because it’s great food. Zagat never gets it wrong; if it’s Zagat rated, it’s good. They get people to rate restaurants in more than 100 cities around the world and publish the rating to the world in a series of different pocket books. Founded over 32 years ago by Tim and Nina Zagat, the company is trusted by millions all over.

In a post on Google’s official blog that screams “Google just got ZAGAT Rated“, the company announces their acquisition of the company stating that “Zagat will be a cornerstone of [their] local offering”. This means Zagat ratings will be combined with Google maps and search to make finding that great place to eat in a city you’ve never been to will become much easier.

That also means Yelp! might have to literally start yelping for their service. They’ve provided reviews online for restaurants et al since 2004 and they might not be happy hearing about this development.

Let’s see how this goes in the long run. What do you think? Are you one of the foodies always with a Zagat pocketbook? Do you think Yelp! will be fine still? Drop a comment.

Faridah Demola-Seriki

Faridah Seriki has been interested in technology since she got her hands on a desktop when she was eight. She founded Technesstivity after releasing a successful blog she made for class combining her passion for both journalism and technology. Faridah graduated from Vivian Fowler in 2009 and lives in New York where she graduated from Hofstra University with a Bachelors degree in Broadcast Journalism

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