Earlier this week, Yelp’s Official Blog posted a story listing its Top 100 Places to Eat in the US for 2016. I saw it on television. Our news team covered it. Regional sites wrote quick stories about local restaurants that were named. And Twitter, a semi-private club exclusively used by businesses, self-congratulatory journalists, and PR interns working for celebrities, filled up with back-slapping tweets.
Also, it is not a great list.
Though listicle backlash is in serious bloom right now, and bad listicles speak to everything the Internet does wrong -- lazy journalism, poaching off of other people’s work, just creating a thing because people can’t resist looking at it -- Yelp, to their credit, are not doing that (if anything, many of the worst listicle offenders likely poach ideas in regions they’ve never been to, from positive Yelp reviews).