Map Elite Squad

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What is the Yelp Elite Squad?

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The Yelp Elite Squad is a crack team of the coolest yelpers. The kind of people who love to write colorful, witty reviews about the places they dig or detest and everything in between. They are the people that tip you off to the little hole in the wall eatery you never knew existed or a doctor you can trust. They are trendsetters and influencers, both on and off the site. We created the Yelp Elite Squad as a way of recognizing these star members.

How Do I Become a Member of the Yelp Elite Squad?

Are you the kind of person who always knows about the newest bars and restaurants? Do your friends always turn to you for advice on where to shop or where to find that perfect gift for someone? Do you love to spread the word about the things you love or hate in your city??Well if you answered YES to any of these questions, then you may just have what it takes to be a part of the Yelp Elite Squad!

If you think you or someone you know fits the bill, then go ahead and send us an Email with "Yelp Elite Squad" and your City in the Subject Heading, along with your Personalized Yelp URL. In your message, include a quick sentence or three about why you think you have what it takes to be Elite!

For those of you taking notes, here are some of the qualities that make someone eligible for Elite status...

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Applicants always have lots of reviews of great local businesses and services, but more importantly the Yelp members that get in are known for having reviews that are insightful, irreverent and personal.

Profiles that really sing! Not literally of course, but we are looking for yelpers that have that extra little sumthin' sumthin'.

Pictures people, pictures! In order to apply for Elite status you have to put a real photo of yourself on your profile! The beauty of Yelp is that it's made up of Real People writing Real Reviews, and by having an actual photo up, your words carry more weight!

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Yelp Eliters use their real name! We know nicknames and secret identities are fun and all, but if you want to make it into the Elite, we need to know that you are legit, and will stand by your opinionated opinions.

Personal pizazz! Even after all this, we look for a certain je ne sais quoi—we call it Yelpitude.?

So what do you think? Do you have what it takes to rock the cradle of Yelp Eliteness? Then what are you waiting for? Saddle up to the velvet rope and be sure to wink at the doorman!

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