Tupalo.com is a social yellow pages where users can look for bars, restaurants, cafes and salons to visit or share their own favorites. It has all of the usual social networking aspects, plus a city-based directory of user-recommended places to visit. Users have a home page, where they can view their favorite places, friends and photos. Users are given a Karma rank based on the amount they participate in the site. The site can be searched by keyword or browsed by tag cloud of most popular tags or location. Searches return results in list form, showing the name and address of the establishment and its rating on the site. Clicking on a link in the list brings up a detail list which includes further details about the business and a map to its location.
Users can Add a Spot, which allows them to add a favorite place along with a review of it. In addition photos can be added to a spot. Fields which can be entered for a spot include Name, Address, Zip, Website, Phone Number, Category and tags. Users can also specify its location on a map of the city where the spot is located. In addition, the user can provide a review just after adding the spot. Users can easily invite their friends from the existing social networks, or they can find new friends on the site. The site is very useful for tourists, as it provides information furnished by locals about the best local places.Show more screenshots »
Vienna, Austria-based Tupalo.com was founded in 2007 as a privately funded Internet startup. The site is supported by the City of Vienna's Departure Fund.
Competition to Tupalo.com comes from sites such as Yelp and TrustedPlaces. Tupalo.com contains results for spots worldwide, while Yelp is primarily used in the US and TrustedPlaces primarily in Europe. Neither site offers the number of international results provided by Tupalo. Yelp has more users, but this is likely to change as Tupalo continues to add new users from all over the world.
The Tupalo.com site has a very Web 2.0 look and feel. The site is somewhat unresponsive (to the US), and searches take some time to return results. The layout is very clean and uncluttered, and navigation is intuitive. The tools provided for adding spots and writing reviews work well, and the site is organized logically. There is a convenient top menu bar shown on all pages of the site. Advertising is displayed on the site, but it is relatively unobtrusive.
Registration to the Tupalo.com site is free and is not required to use the site to view or search for places to visit. Registration is required in order to add spots and to have friends and favorites. The registration process asks for username, first and last name, city, country and password. Validation of the email address is not required.
There is no premium membership offered to the Tupalo.com site.
Tourists can use Tupalo to find places recommended by local people, who know the territory. Locals can use the site to find new places in their area that they are not aware of. The social networking aspect enhances the experience provided by the site. The site has good, although by no means comprehensive, results for most major cities.