Tuesday, January 29, 2013

[UPDATED] On the Map: National Food Truck-Tracking Site and App to Add St. Louis This Week

Posted By on Tue, Jan 29, 2013 at 10:30 AM

St. Louis street food is on the map -- Roaming Hunger's map, that is. - IMAGE VIA
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  • St. Louis street food is on the map -- Roaming Hunger's map, that is.

Updated January 29: Roaming Hunger's St. Louis food-truck-tracking page went live on Wednesday, January 23, and it seems there are still a few kinks to be worked out.

When Gut Check took a gander at the site this week, only ten of the 30 trucks in town were actually on the map. More trucks are slowly being added (there were five the first time we checked), and there's a Twitter feed on the St. Louis page to inform readers about the locations of trucks that may not be on the map.

What's taking so long?

We caught up with Roaming Hunger's community manager, Ryan Carlin, who says it's all in the way the trucks tweet. The mapping program works by taking location and time info from the trucks' tweets, then placing the trucks are on the map. Even after getting e-mail instructions from Roaming Hunger about the proper way to tweet (there's gotta be an exact address and time, folks), Carlin says, some trucks still haven't caught on, so they're not appearing on the map.

Carlin tells us there've been some technical problems on the site, as well, and that more trucks should be visible as they iron out the wrinkles. Roaming Hunger has learned that it generally takes a new city a couple of weeks to get every truck on the map.

Says Carlin: "We do expect it to pick up."

Original post after the jump.

Roaming Hunger, a website and iPhone app that tracks food-truck locations, has added St. Louis to its lengthening list of cities and vendors.

The site is the brainchild of Ross Resnick, a 28-year old with a background in marketing and a profound love of street food.

Resnick, who lives in Los Angeles, launched Roaming Hunger back in 2009 with maps and information about food trucks in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Today the site maps more than 2,800 trucks in 30 cities. St. Louis is slated to join the list on Wednesday, January 23, with Honolulu, Sacramento and Kansas City close behind.

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