Cavootle - Location Enabled Polling
Dain Binder stashed this in Startups
Being able to dynamically change the results by location is a powerful feature. There is a lot that can be done with this, although I think they still have a good amount of work ahead of them.
I wonder if location is as important as personalization, which seems like a superset.
There's a company called Jybe that's working on such personalization: http://pandawhale.com/convo/710/is-jybe-the-recommendation-app-yelp-should-be
I briefly checked out Jybe and think it has an uphill battle. It reminds me a lot of Hoppit (http://www.startupsea.com/2012/04/hoppit-your-personal-dining-concierge.html).
So many have tried to do what they are doing, heck even Google did/does, and none have caught on in a substantial way. I sure hope they crack it though!
I hope so too. You're right, it's a chicken-and-egg problem.