July 13, 2006 12:06 PM   Subscribe

FoodCandy. A foodie hang.
posted by liam (17 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
This looked pretty cool until I saw the page title: Friendster for Foodies. That just turned me off right away.
posted by junesix at 1:09 PM on July 13, 2006

what's with the navigation on this? it's completely slow and gives you no indication that it's actually working.
posted by jimmy at 1:16 PM on July 13, 2006

Some people see FoodCandy as MySpace meeting EGullet. MySpace is all about people but not all about food. EGullet is all about restaurants but not about people.

Chowhound brings them both together.
posted by crunchland at 1:33 PM on July 13, 2006

Chowhound brings them all together plus a layer of stupid!

More seriously, that business about eG being about restaurants but not people is just ridiculous. eG's strongest features are its cooking-and-eating-related forums and foodblogs. CH's strongest features are its restaurant reviews and chatter.
posted by rxrfrx at 1:45 PM on July 13, 2006

Agree with rxrfrx. Saying eGullet is about restaurants couldn't be farther from the truth. In fact, eG actually has very little talk of restaurants and is more interested in actual food, cooking, and the people in the cooking industry. The heavy presence of actual chefs, industry pros, thoughtful moderators, and visits and special features by foodie royalty (Michael Ruhlman, Anthony Bourdain, Grant Achatz) really put eG in the realm of food academia.
posted by junesix at 2:04 PM on July 13, 2006

I will wait for We can call it FoodFite.
posted by beagle at 2:16 PM on July 13, 2006

a foodie hang?

that's some serious jargon abuse.
posted by Hat Maui at 2:23 PM on July 13, 2006

I signed up even with the flagrant misspelling.
posted by I Foody at 2:25 PM on July 13, 2006

First, thanks for visiting FC! I've started the site.

I will partly and gladly take back my comment about EGullet (I wrote that it's all about restaurants). That's how I always used EGullet though. I like EGullet. The comment is fair.

Navigation is going through beta and growing pains. I am attempting to build this with MS Atlas (AJAX) on top of ASP.NET and NHibernate. There're some issues with perf and responsiveness, especially when the site traffic octuples overnight. I'll fix these one by one.

Please don't jusdge FC as just another discussion forums. It's a social network. SNA science will make it into the platform and expose some nice features. The extracting picture content (food porn) is the first.

The SNA platform is free for non-commercial use.

posted by dblock at 2:32 PM on July 13, 2006

This reminds me of Yelp.
posted by mullingitover at 2:37 PM on July 13, 2006

You have no idea how relieved I was to find out that "foodie" wasn't yet another fetish subculture. Well...sort of, anyway.
posted by darksasami at 2:49 PM on July 13, 2006

WRT to Egullet, the Vancouver chapter, (since dissolved for lengthy reasons,) bound together a large number of real life friendships, so much so that we're having a bocce tournement in a couple weeks. E-gullet was always more about people than restaurants.
posted by Keith Talent at 3:37 PM on July 13, 2006

a foodie hang? that's some serious jargon abuse.

Yeah. I find it hard to use the term "foodie", but the site self-described as such. So I thought I might as well jargon & on. You know, ironically.
posted by liam at 6:02 PM on July 13, 2006

Well, I wish you luck, dblock, even though there are several other well-established and prettier sites that do what you're trying to do, but better... (a situation I know all to well myself.)
posted by crunchland at 6:37 PM on July 13, 2006

I liked chowhound.
Now it's been "yahoo-ized" I don't find it nearly as appealing as it once was.
posted by madajb at 6:55 PM on July 13, 2006

Using the term "foodie" probably turns off quite a bit of people who are really into food (compared to the swarms of status-conscious, zagat-dependent restaurant "locusts").

Friendster for Locusts!
posted by Dukebloo at 7:02 PM on July 13, 2006

i'll take implementable suggestions for foodcandy - or for the platform for that matter - it can be what you want it to be - want to start a social network about food on star trek voyager?
posted by dblock at 9:26 PM on July 13, 2006

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