Facebook Best Professional Services: A Stealth Shot at Yelp, Angie’s List?

By David Cohen Comment

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Facebook is quietly testing a Best Professional Services page that taps reviews and ratings by users of the social network.

The potential alternative to similar services from Yelp, Angie’s List, Amazon and Google was initially spotted by Acodez IT Solutions social media manager Sreedev Sharma.

More than 80 options are available for searching, divided into the following categories:

  • Arts and marketing
  • Automotive
  • Business services
  • Event planning
  • Financial services
  • Home improvement
  • Lifestyle services
  • Medical and health
  • Pet services
  • Spa, beauty and personal care

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Clicking on any of the options brings up a ranked list of local businesses in that category, but Search Engine Land pointed out that while ratings from Facebook users via the social network’s five-star ratings system are factored into results from Best Professional Services, those results appear to be customized for individual users based on their interactions or their friends’ interactions with pages, as searches yielded different results when logged into Facebook or logged out.

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And TechCrunch pointed out that unlike most new features tested by Facebook, Best Professional Services appears to be available globally, and not limited to the U.S.

Readers: What are your initial impressions of Best Professional Services?

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