consume near me

Google, (or Bing) or some new competitor should immediately implement this idea: I want to have a search engine (with map) where I simply enter in a menu item, or other consumable, and the engine tells me where I can buy it near my current location. “where can I buy flip-flops?”, “where can I eat cous-cous?”, etc. Of course they can add ratings and put in ads or whatever, but the key here is that a consumer from their pc (or smart phone) can simply enter in what they want and then get the nearest place to consume it.

This can be done in a number of ways, but my idea is to come up with a standard XML format that vendors can submit. a web GUI could be setup as well for them.

Problems include verification of items so we don’t have a bait and swtich situation. Perhaps they could add user ratings and verification.. the possibilities are endless.


Often when I go to Wendy’s or some other fast food place there will be something I didn’t like about the experience. Maybe the service was bad or the food cold, etc. What I was thinking was making an app for the iPhone called ‘Complainer’ that had a directory of hundreds of businesses in it arranged by category . What you would do when you had an issue somewhere would be to find the store in the directory, and click ‘complain’. You would then get a page with a text box for your complaint (plus some store specific data entry boxes like ‘store number’, ‘address’, etc.). You simply fill it in, press ‘send’ and a complaint email from you (with your contact info, etc) is sent to the appropriate place for that business. Simple and quick.