MySpace partners with Citysearch for local biz directory

Members will be able to rate and review businesses

MySpace has teamed up with Citysearch to create a directory of small-business profiles on the social-networking site, the vendors announced Tuesday.

MySpace members will be able to review and rate businesses, as well as share content related to these companies in this new directory, called MySpace Local.

Coors and Outback Steakhouse are the "inaugural brand sponsors" of the service, according to Citysearch and MySpace.

MySpace Local is now available to a select group of testers and will open up in a public beta for U.S. members in April.

MySpace Local adds yet another important dimension to the social-networking site by creating a service that links members with small businesses in a variety of ways, the companies said.

Initially, the directory will focus on three categories - restaurants, bars and nightlife - and business profiles will feature things like photos, menus, videos and maps.

Members will be able to search for businesses in the directory through different criteria, including neighborhood, category and cuisine type.

The directory will gain more categories in the coming months, like doctors, hotels and travel, as well as progressively being made available worldwide.

IDC analyst Caroline Dangson believes MySpace Local will help increase members' engagement with the site.

"They're focusing initially on bars, restaurants and nightlife businesses. That's the kind of activity you plan to do with friends or if you're meeting people, which is in line with MySpace," Dangson said.

MySpace Local will become even more useful to members when it becomes available via mobile devices and leverages location-based services and geotagging, she said.

"That will also be a huge opportunity for advertisers and businesses," she said.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags MySpaceCitysearch

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Juan Carlos Perez

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Armand Abogado

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

Wireless printing from my iPhone was also a handy feature, the whole experience was quick and seamless with no setup requirements - accessed through the default iOS printing menu options.

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?