You’ve seen too many recipe websites. It’s okay – so have I. But Punchfork is doing things a little differently by leveraging hardcore algorithms to curate the best recipes found on the Web based on social network chatter, in realtime.
Punchfork has built a sophisticated algorithm that measures a how many times a recipe posted by its publishing partners gets shared on social networks like Twitter and Facebook and sites like StumbleUpon. The higher a recipe’s score based on Punchfork’s technology, on a scale from 1 to 100, the more it should have been talked about and shared on the Web.
In essence, the website lets you find out which dishes are in vogue these days, and tells you how to prepare them yourself.
The company also offers an API for developers who are interested in integrating recipes from Punchfork’s publisher partners into their own websites or apps.
And of course, there’s a brand new, free app for that: check out Punchfork for iPhone and iPad here.
The recipe discovery platform company was founded by Jeff Miller, also the creator of Hacker News-inspired Bitly News, with $20,000 of his own money. Punchfork is up against some venture-backed companies, including Gojee, Foodily and Yummly.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some chicken paninis to prepare.