Real estate search site Trulia released a survey Thursday showing that the "American Dream" of owning a home is still alive even as the recession continues to plague the world. According to the company, more than 75 percent of Americans still consider owning a home as part of achieving their personal dreams, but only 5 percent of respondents say they believe that President Obama's plan to increase home ownership incentives will do any good "to restore faith in the American Dream of home ownership." In fact, 53 percent of those surveyed believe that creating jobs … Read more
On Tuesday, Glassdoor.com, an online community that offers career advice, released its first Employees' Choice Awards, which lists the top 50 "Best Places to Work." According to the report, which features data from employees at more than 11,000 companies operating in the U.S., General Mills is the best company to work for in the United States. In the tech space, Netflix and Adobe made it into the top five and Google wasn't far behind in seventh place. Google CEO Eric Schmidt also received an 89 percent approval rating from employees, while Netflix's CEO … Read more
Local search site Grayboxx is launching nationwide late on Tuesday, including all major U.S. cities in its coverage and adding user reviews.
The site, which was reviewed by my colleague at Webware in October, automatically generates business rankings and recommendations inferred from activities of people in a particular neighborhood.
For example, I might make dinner reservations with an online reservation service that shares its anonymous user data in the aggregate with Grayboxx and that action might push the restaurant up higher in the rankings. The listing of a local business in my cell phone contact database could be an … Read more
This week Yellowpages.com added user reviews to their directory service. Much like Yelp, the new system allows registered users to post one- to five-star reviews of local establishments. I decided to compare experiences using both sites to see how they stack up.
Round 1: User registration and benefits
Registering with Yellowpages grants you a few small perks, such as 100 slots to save your favorite establishments. You also get to save personal addresses and keep track of your last 20 searches. Yelp goes a little bit further with a friends list, a small counter under your name with how … Read more