AUTHOR: linda TITLE: Yelp on! DATE: 9:41:00 AM ----- BODY:
After suffering a 30-minute line for the "Yelp Elite" which wrapped around Mission Street and nearly all the way around Yerba Buena Gardens, Yelp's 3rd annual holiday party was in fact pretty cool for a freebie, swaggie party... despite the watered-down open-bar Yelptinis, junior-high gymnasium-dance space, and wedding-reception hip hop and 80s dance beats.

The YBCA gallery was showing a Dalai Lama exhibition, sponsors like Nokia and North Beach Lobster and Zipcar and Firestone Brewing were in full form, and founder Jeremy Stoppelman announced Mayor Gavin Newsom's proclamation of December 5th as “Yelp Day” in San Francisco... but my favorite was the hip-hop dance troupe performance.

And, my friend Neil who's worked at Yelp for all three holiday parties, confirmed that the Yelpland holiday-hipster crowd has grown from 500 the first year, to 1,000 last year, to over 2,000 this year.

Yelp on!

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