I’ve had a few days now to play around with the new iPhone app, Evzdrop.

After being a user of Yelp for so long, Evzdrop was a little tricky to adjust to—it took some time. It’s a vastly different layout and it has a much different functionality, so I really shouldn’t even be making the comparison.

I think I’m getting the hang of it now and, wouldn’t you know it, I’m actually starting to enjoy using it.

 

 

Droppers Anonymous

By far, my favorite feature of Evzdrop is the ability to drop in somewhere and write an anonymous review of the establishment, the service, their products, whatever, without feeling guilty and without having to worry about some sort of retribution.

Now, I realize I’m outing myself here, but I had a pretty bad experience to Unicorn Cafe in Evanston during my lunch break a couple days ago. The Unicorn is notorious in Evanston for being a “hipster-haven” and a great spot for bad service. This day was no exception: I ordered a sandwich and coffee for $10, handed the cashier a $20 and didn’t get my change, then got some sass when I let them know; then, when they asked if I would prefer Alterra Coffee’s Blue Heeler or their Mexico Kulaktik, they gave me attitude when I requested Kulaktik; I got even more attitude when they ran out and I requested to have them brew it again; and, to make matters worse, the coffee really wasn’t that great. It was weak and watered down.

At times like this, as a coffee reviewer, I really want to say something negative about my experience; however, at the same time, as a champion of small business (and, let’s face it, a guy who’ll probably be going there again and doesn’t want to risk getting even more bad service), I really don’t want to be the guy responsible for negative feedback.

Evzdrop allows me to leave negative feedback anonymously, so nobody will ever know it was me.

Pretty sneaky, Evzdrop!

Reviews

One thing that kind of bothers me about Yelp is that, when I check into a place, I don’t necessarily I want to write a whole review on my phone—I just want to tell people why I’m there. With Evzdrop, I can do that.

For example, I stopped by The Wormhole the other day to sample the Honduras Ovidio Gomez from Kickapoo Coffee Roasters (the brew I reviewed yesterday). When I “dropped” there on Evzdrop, that’s all I wanted to say, and all I had to say. With Yelp, I couldn’t really do that—if I wanted to say anything at all about a certain business, it had to be a whole review.

And, at a place like The Wormhole, where their guest roaster can change on a weekly or even daily basis, mentioning that I tried Kickapoo on Yelp is futile; with Evzdrop, I can continually drop in, week after week, and tell people exactly what I’m drinking and what I think of it.

This review feature is also a great way to get live updates of places. Like, last night, when I went to the Bulls game: before I even got there, I knew that Kevin Durant wasn’t going to be playing because he had been scratched before the game started because somebody at the United Center informed me of the situation when he dropped in at the game on Evzdrop.

And, better still, instead of just telling people where I am, I can actually SHOW people where I am or what I’m up to by posting a picture in my drop.

Drops and Props

Another thing about Evzdrop is that I can see, in real time, where people are dropping thanks to the app’s geo-locating functionality.

https://mail-attachment.googleusercontent.com/attachment/u/0/?ui=2&ik=70c9551c8d&view=att&th=13a936474feb9b2a&attid=0.1&disp=inline&safe=1&zw&saduie=AG9B_P_mSTbqV_LK-W46OPpiOYAn&sadet=1351092645537&sads=xZ5Drgdesr6ChWqNOmJ0pwWnuzwIf I’m hanging out in Old Town or Rogers Park or Andersonville or Gold Coast, bored out of my gourd and looking for something to do, I can check out the map and see if anybody I know is around me or find out if there are any cool events happening.

https://mail-attachment.googleusercontent.com/attachment/u/0/?ui=2&ik=70c9551c8d&view=att&th=13a936701a3a77f8&attid=0.1&disp=inline&safe=1&zw&saduie=AG9B_P_mSTbqV_LK-W46OPpiOYAn&sadet=1351092804228&sads=5CBkqBYTfTtj6d3BADQ3LmPkCekSee that blue pin on the map to the left? That’s me, chillin in Evanston. Those blue drops all around me are other folks dropping in at places all around me. Let’s see what people are up to…

Looks like somebody is gettin’ their hairs did.

Honestly, though, that information doesn’t interest me all too much. I don’t need to get my hair did, https://mail-attachment.googleusercontent.com/attachment/u/0/?ui=2&ik=70c9551c8d&view=att&th=13a9364aa27158e0&attid=0.1&disp=inline&safe=1&zw&saduie=AG9B_P_mSTbqV_LK-W46OPpiOYAn&sadet=1351093099171&sads=y6pAyJIQtyg8Th_5c_4OnN7eRBII’m on my way to a Bulls game! I search around Madison Avenue, where the United Center is located, and find that somebody else has already dropped in and is telling me all about how Kevin Durant is scratched for tonight’s game.

Hey—that stinks. I like Durant. Oh well, I should thank this guy for at least keeping me up to date on the game that I’m running late to.

As a way of saying “thanks” to somebody for a valuable piece of information, Evzdroppers can give “props” to their fellow Evzdroppers (as you can see in the screenshot to the left).

Props to you, Pat.

What Type of Expert Are You?

Evzdrop wants to know what type of expert you are! Help them out by taking their quiz here.

I’m interested in knowing what type of expert you are, too; so download the Evzdrop app for iPhone so we can where we’re hanging out. If you can find me hanging out a coffee shop in the city, stop by to say hello, and I’ll even buy you a cup.

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