Yelp is a website where people can post their reviews of businesses such as restaurants, bars, nightclubs, stores, and movie theaters.
Yelp's headquarters are at 650 Mission Street, right next to Soup Freaks. Here's lots of pictures and an article about their office.
Yelp also faces lots of extortion claims: "Since launching nearly a decade ago, Yelp has been subject to endless criticism by business owners who accuse the website of manipulating reviews based on whether the companies fork over advertising dollars." [source]. This 2009 East Bay Express article provides a good primer on the issue. There are many more news articles about this below.
In 2013 they worked with Mayor Ed Lee's office to get health inspection data for SF restaurants into Yelp entries: "San Francisco’s technology department worked with Yelp’s engineering team, in partnership with the city of New York, to create technical standards for restaurant health data that other cities, sites and apps can take advantage of." [source]
Also, you may enjoy Yelping with Cormac which includes many familiar Bay Area locations & amazing old-timey folksy voice.
- 2009-02-18: "Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0" East Bay Express
- 2013-04-22: "SF Restaurant Calls For Yelp Boycott: 'Stop the Bully'" CurbedSF
- 2013-07-12: "Yelp Extortion Rampant, Say Small-Business Owners As Class-Action Lawsuit Against Review ‘Bully’ Appealed" International Business Times
- 2014-03-31: "Yelp's practices sound to some like extortion" LA Times