Thursday, August 7, 2014

Thoughts on Video Via Yelp Phone App

The Yelp app will allow members of the review site to record video; up to 12 seconds and upload it to the site. Me thinks this is a new kind of Pandora's box but I need to provide a few details before quibbles.

This is a free iOS app for iPhones and iPads. It is a 30MB download so if you got bandwidth or lack of space issues on your device issues you should deal with them before downloading.  There is a promise for an Android version but, well...

I'll believe it when I see it.

This could be a really good thing or a really bad thing  Let me point out a legal thing. Many stores and restaurants prohibit recording photos and video in their establishment. You can be asked to leave if the owner, or their authorized representative, ask you to do so.

This does not stop the thousands of meal photos delivered to Yelp, Twitter and Facebook. I'm just pre-warning you some places will not let you snag a shot; no matter what your intentions.

There isn't a lot of info about where the video is stored.  I hope it is on the device in the Gallery but one never knows these days.

So, this could be helpful if you are a Yelper that wants to show your favorite store or lunch spot. It is nothing that you couldn't do with Vine or Instagram. Still, it could be fun if you want to do a review with a bit of video.

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