Sure

Bot that curates the most Instagrammed food & drink spots πŸ‘Œ

#2 Product of the DayMarch 30, 2017

Bot that curates the most Instagrammed food & drink spots πŸ‘Œ

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Thanks for the hunt @chrismessina ❀️ And hey Hunters πŸ‘‹ We’re really excited to be sharing Sure with you today. Sure is a Facebook Messenger chatbot for the most Instagrammed food & drink spots near you. It was born from our frustration with the current restaurant discovery apps and we hoped to build a better product for our generation living in the age of info overload. For many, decision making has become a legitimate pain. With so much to choose from, every choice feels like a sacrifice and the #fomo is real πŸ™€ When it comes to choosing a place to go, most people ask their friends or influencers who they can relate to. By being on a platform like Messenger where our users naturally chat with their friends, we hope to blur the lines between tech algorithms and word of mouth recommendations. Today, we’re introducing Sure to 22 cities 🌎 including San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City, Austin, Chicago, Toronto, Vancouver, London, Copenhagen, Berlin, Rome, Paris, Vienna, Barcelona, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Prague, Bratislava, Sydney, Tokyo, Singapore and Hong Kong. You can read more about what took us so long and what’s next for Sure here: https://blog.surebot.io/launchin... We’re still learning so we would love to hear all your feedback. Will be here answering all your questions today πŸ’¬ Juraj, Alex and Seb
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@jurajpal super cool, congrats on the launch! πŸ™Œ
@ddumik thanks, means a lot πŸ’ͺ
@jurajpal Awesome! Instagram is such a great source of signal for what people actually love. Congrats on a fantastic launch!
@jurajpal already loving the simplicity of this! Might be the perfect use case for messenger
@jurajpal Love the idea! Kudos for making it an invisible app!
It will be great to find places based on social cues rather :) than weak indicators like ratings.
@jcampbell_05 thanks James πŸ€— That's exactly what motivated us and we hope to get even better at this!
Amazing idea guys, just tried it for breakfast in Copenhagen, great recommendations! Love that I don't have to make decisions in the early morning. @jurajpal, are you guys planning to expand into travel recommendations?
@danielverten πŸ‘‹ and thank you for trying it out! I think travel recommendation make a lot of sense with personalised and curated itineraries, transacting within the messaging app, etc. Definitely something we want to explore 🌎
@danielverten @jurajpal Good idea! Which kind of travel recommendations would you like to see?
Really cool concept! I love the idea that it's popular places from instagram, that is usually where I find the best recommendations.
@sillaspoulsen Thank you! We are a little Instagram-obsessed ourselves πŸ˜… πŸ“·
Food recommendation is hard, but it seems you have a fair shot at it. One of the most important things is managing consistency and serendipity. What's your take on how to introduce new places to users, so that they also discover the "unexpected" and not only what they know they would like? Congrats for launch!
@stefanozorzi you're so right! While we almost want our users to stop "browsing", we need to be careful so we don't kill the thrill of discovery that we naturally have when it comes to food and travel. I believe, one way to keep this "surprise" element in, is to use the data we have about the user and the smart backend to introduce new but personalised recommendations.
@stefanozorzi We're working on a way to notify our users of new and cool places. Also, you're right personalisation can be limiting (echo chamber)