Online restaurant reservations platform OpenTable is going beyond just booking tables for diners. It’s also letting the friends of these diners know where exactly they’ve eaten.
In an effort to make their users’ dining experience more social, OpenTable recently launched the new (and free) Places I’ve Eaten Facebook app. It’s designed to let users share their dining history, favorite restaurants, and where-to-eat wish lists to their Facebook friends. These friends can also be tagged on Facebook as the people with whom the user has dined. And, true to the OpenTable tradition, Places I’ve Eaten also enables users to make reservations from within the application.
At the same time, the app – which is still in beta version – also allows users to see and discover the places where their Facebook friends have eaten – complete with the restaurant reviews, ratings, and recommendations they’ve posted.
Just last month, OpenTable – which also functions as an online restaurant reviews aggregator – acquired visual food guide and photo-sharing app Foodspotting. We have yet to see how Foodspotting’s image-based content will be integrated to the new Facebook app. But make no mistake about it: OpenTable is looking sexier (for business owners and diners alike) with all these new feature enhancements.
“Places I’ve Eaten makes it easy for diners to share and be inspired by memorable dining experiences and to tap into their friends’ knowledge of local dining scenes,” said Scott Jampol, VP of Consumer Marketing at OpenTable. “We hope the app will help diners discover new hot spots, share recommendations with friends, and experience their favorite restaurants all over again.”
It’s a pretty cool app, as you’ll see in the screenshot below. There are tabs for Map, List, and Friends, and in each of the first two tabs, users can see the places where they’ve eaten as well as the restaurants they want to try out.
Want to check out the app for yourself? Just visit https://www.facebook.com/PlacesIveEaten.