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  • Apr 23, 2009
I blogged about on my personal blog (Sharrie.TV) 2 days ago.
Here it is:
As some of you might have know, I was into travelogues many years ago. Spent majority of my waking hours on VirtualTourist. Made some great friends along the way too & got to see many parts of the world which I otherwise wouldn't have step into!

Well, the boss JR Johnson sold it off (I believe he did unless I got my facts wrong!) and is beginning to launch another site. So, he has invited me over to Lunch! Sorry about the delay of posting of this post. I've been otherwise engaged & have been investigating about the potential of Lunch. The verdict?

Lunch is still in its infancy. A beta version as it is appropriately labelled. There are some fine tunings (as with our selection on the menu when we go lunch) that need to be ironed out. And imho, narrowed its selection into groups (remember about going to a restaurant that offers too many selections to the extent that we are at a loss as to what to order? yep, i got that feeling after 2 days navigating the site & trying to write some reviews. It's a little big (even at this initial stage!) and in disarray. It definitely has potential. It'd be great if I get a map when I enter the compound though. At times, I feel lost! It's like going to WDW without a map! 
What exactly is Lunch? It's central theme is quite similar to VirtualTourist. A platform for interested party to voice themselves (in VT case, about travel & the travel relatede) on anything (literally under the sun) they are interested in. In other words, blogging & rating about whatever that caught your attention, be it good or bad. If Lunch is able to draw crowds & tons of audience who turn into writers, then it can be great site. The most crucial issue, imho, is how to manage the site when it gets real big & messy. Trust me, from my many years of experience on VT, it can be real messy (without even getting too big)! All in all, best of luck to JR Johnson! I hope you can make Lunch into our main meal of the day!
An update:
I'm still having problems accessing Lunch from work. Darn! But I'm upgrading the rating to 4 due to a cool feature which I like very much here. It's the play ExhilaRATE games which I only discovered after putting up this review earlier last week. ExhilaRATE makes rating stuff you are interested in FUN! Instead of searching for the items you'd like to rate, grouping similar stuff into a game entices one to rate. I love rating things out there in the world. But not if I've to go searching for every single data point & have problems finding the exact one I'm looking for! So, kudos to the guy/lady who comes up with this game! Love it! In fact, I'm looking forward to making more games now... made 3 alone yesterday! 
Check them out & start rating to your heart's content! :-) 
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April 23, 2009
thanks for the review Sharrie... i appreciate it. Good takes... we are on the same page for sure and working on managing those same issues you pointed out! Your facts were right about selling VT to focus on Lunch too. i thought you found Lunch on your own and was stoked that you did... in fact i was curious how you found us. good luck with your blog too... that sounds like a lot of fun!!
April 24, 2009
I did find it on my own (as with VT back then), through a little bird! Don't underestimate the power of Twitter ;-) I blog about Alibaba, Facebook & Twitter a week ago. Found some videos on Williams & Stone. Joined twitter to test drive it & one thing let to another. I believe you made the best decision in selling VT (esp. if you can get it out at a handsome profit) & start afresh. VT is so dated although I've had some truly fun time there. It's beyond any formatting, I believe. And just a suggestion, don't use VTML here. I can see you're making full use of your past experience here with regard to how the site is being set up. The mind map is great,   fine tune it and make it more user friendly would be a priority. I'll give you more feedback as it progresses. Perhaps it's a good idea to invite some VTers over here to spice it up! How about Ivan Jimenez? I can send him an invitation :-)
September 30, 2009
Sure, but does he know you personally? :-)
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I'm a traveler at heart & have been nicknamed Travel Queen by friends & colleagues alike. Traveling has been my life passion for the last decade or so. As we enter a new decade, I'm excited … more
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