Foodspotting updates tune in with users' personalities, stomachs

Summary:Foodspotting 3.0 is touted as "a completely reimagined experience, giving people smart dish recommendations based on personal preferences and friends’ recommendations."

Foodspotting is rolling out version 3.0 of its foodie-friendly mobile app today, and this time the location-based platform is going more after your heart and mind maybe a little more than your stomach.

Touted as a "completely reimagined experience," the latest updates of Foodspotting are designed to give recommendations to users based on their personal preferences as well as those of their friends.

Co-founder and CEO Alexa Andrzejewski explained on the official Foodspotting blog on Wednesday that the redesign has transformed Foodspotting into "Pandora for food." That is to say that you can tailor the app to your taste buds by wanting and hiding pictures of dishes that you might fancy or not.

Additional design updates include a personalized picture menu (i.e. you can see what friends liked at a particular restaurant or what you've already taken photos of yourself) as well as a new filter wheel and map. The wheel enables users to categorize dishes as ones they want to try, tried and love, or hide dishes they don't ever have an inkling to try.

Foodspotting is also taking on the likes of Foursquare and Yelp in a tiny yet significant way with the addition of restaurant guides and expert approval from the likes of Chow.com and Travel + Leisure, among others.

The cherry on top of this announcement for some mobile users is that Foodspotting is also debuting a BlackBerry mobile app today.

Foodspotting is already available for free on iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices. (Additionally, apparently the Windows Phone version was "built with these ideas in mind from the start.") So far, Foodspotting has seen 200 million downloads of its apps and one million sightings posted.

Images via Foodspotting

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