Yelp, one of the biggest user-submitted review sites in English-speaking circles online, announced Monday on its blog something that a few of us had seen the site experimenting with: Bitcoin acceptance is now listed for each business’ page.
Businesses that accept Bitcoin can update their listings at biz.yelp.com.
“We’re hopeful the introduction of the Bitcoin attribute will provide yet another way for consumers to connect with great local businesses,” the blog post reads.
How This Works
The Yelp blog used this example from Little Lucy’s Mini Donuts in Austin, Texas.
Under the “More business info” heading in the right sidebar, Bitcoin acceptance is right there alongside credit card acceptance. This is how confirmed listings should look.
That’s only useful once you have landed on the business’ Yelp page, though. Actually searching for Bitcoin businesses on Yelp is a tad more cumbersome.
At the moment, you have to input “cafes that accept Bitcoin” or “stores that accept Bitcoin.”
It looks like this:
The listings, however, will not reflect that “Accepts Bitcoin” information from the sidebar, but merely user input that contains the word “Bitcoin.” So, your results might include places that don’t actually accept Bitcoin, as was the case with the first result of my above search, Nara Sushi.
With enough luck, Yelp will integrate a Bitcoin option into its More Features popup, which already allows users to filter out business that don’t accept credit cards.
(I can report first-hand that I have seen Yelp experimenting with this function, as I was able to perform such a search for cafes in Paris and Berlin last week. Mysteriously, that filter vanished shortly thereafter.)