Social Media Sharing Powers Personalized Dining Recommendations On Gvidi


How well do you know the cafes, restaurants and bars in your city? Not as well as Gvidi does.

Gvidi, available for iPhone and Android, scans your area for places to dine — and then tailors the search results to suit your tastes.


Each restaurant is given a score based on how well it matches your profile, and results can be filtered by opening hours, WiFi availability and more.

You might be thinking that this sounds a lot like Foursquare, and you’d be right, but Gvidi does have its advantages — namely a more advanced search-engine, a table-booking feature (already a big thing in Russia, where the app first launched) and a personalized recommendation system.

Gvidi uses the data shared via social media to tailor its suggestions. It knows where you eat, and it knows where your friends eat. If it wasn’t using this information to suggest new restaurants you might like, it’d be pretty creepy.

You can link your Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare accounts to Gvidi to improve the accuracy of its recommendations.  You don’t have to log in at all if you don’t want to, but with Gvidi – much like with anything in life – it’s certainly true that the more you put in, the more you get out.

As a result, it’s best to let go of that big brother paranoia (you’re already in too deep anyway) and not to hold back with your check-ins, even if it means admitting to Facebook that you’ve had an embarrassing amount of pizza this month.

Gvidi — meaning “guide” in Esperanto — does more than its namesake suggests: this handy app makes it easy to book tables from your smartphone, and shows unique offers and deals available at nearby restaurants.

If Gvidi offered suggestions based on people you’d checked out rather than places you’d checked in, you’d have a pretty creepy dating app on your hands. But, as a way of finding new, relevant places to eat out, Gvidi is eerily accurate.

(Image from Gvidi)

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