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"Get Into Lunch.com's Private Beta"

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Article posted on Technologizer at 9:22 am on Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Article posted on Technologizer about the upcoming launch of the debut of a new website called Lunch.com. Original link: http://technologizer.com/2009/03/31/get-into-lunchcoms-private-beta/  

Get Into Lunch.com's Private Beta

By Harry McCracken  |  Posted at 9:22 am on Tuesday, March 31, 200

Take one part Facebook, one part Yelp, and one part TripAdvisor. Stir in some Wikipedia, and add a dash of Twitter. You might end up with something a little like Lunch.com, which is debuting today at the Web 2.0 Expo show in San Francisco. It's still in private beta, but the Lunch folks have offered to provide a limited number of invites to Technologizer readers. To get signed up, go to Lunch.com. In the Sign Up box on the right, click on the Click here next to Have an invite code? Then enter Technologizer as the invite code and your e-mail address–you'll get an e-mail explaining how to take it from there,

So what is Lunch, other than a site with a funny name? It's hard to sum up concisely, but basically, it's a social network whose key features are the ability to review anything–anything–and to find other people who Lunch thinks share your taste in stuff. At the moment, my Lunch feed is showing reviews of Twitter, Shih-Tzus ("the best dogs ever"), a karaoke microphone for iPods, Lost, and a particlar type of skirt.

You can also create "data points," which are simple database entries for items of all sorts–just enough information to get Lunch started on a topic. And every data point has an accompanying wiki about the topic at hand. (In a world that has Wikipeda, Lunch's wikis feel potentially redundant–actually, the first one I checked out, on San Francisco, appeared to be a slightly rewritten version of the first couple of paragraphs of Wikipedia's San Francisco entry.)

Lunch gives every user a personal page that looks a bit like a Facebook page–but it's centered mostly around the reviews that person has written:

Schtinky's Profile

And it also involves the concept of a "Similarity Network"–a list of folks who you share tastes with, based on preferences you've expressed for various items while using Lunch:

Lunch.com Similarity Network

The site also has a feature called ExhiliRATE that lets you … more

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