Even more interesting are the comments below the article including one from founder, Jeremy Stoppelman, who says that the article "misrepresented our marketing programs by insinuating that users often interact with paid shills and that's simply not the case."
Thanks Jeremy, but it just doesn't jive with your craig's list job posting:
Yelp.com Hiring Witty Writers with Flair for Social Networking”:
"This critical role includes:
· Writing witty and insightful reviews of all the places you frequent.
· Getting your well-written friends (and their friends to join Yelp and start writing
· Moderating the Talk Boards, creating Lists, sending Compliments, and generally being a model Yelp community member
· Spreading the word about Yelp to the broader community.
The right candidate:
a. Knows Atlanta’s hot spots and influencers
b. Is extremely well-written
c. Is one of those “connectors” that makes other people want to follow them.”
So let me get this straight. Your "marketing assistants" "critical role" is for " Writing witty and insightful reviews of all the places you frequent."
here's the definition of shill:
1.a person who poses as a customer in order to decoy others into participating, as at a gambling house, auction, confidence game, etc.
Thanks for the update Jeremy. You have confirmed for everyone Yelp hires paid shills.
"Real Shills, Paid Reviews."