NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Even if Yelp (YELP) , were to get acquired sooner than later, that doesn't necessarily mean other companies like it, including TripAdvisor (TRIP), Angie's List (ANGI) or others are likely to get acquired anytime soon.
"I think it's been ripe like that for a while," said Brian Blau, an analyst with Gartner. "But I don't think it will be a land rush. These sort of companies, where rating things becomes a favored behavior of consumers, you see it all the time now. As there are a lot more companies doing this, the data and people that come from the recommendations become a lot more valuable."Since Yelp's founding in 2004, the company has made a name for itself as one of the premier online sites for consumers to rate and review local businesses. Many of those same businesses pay to advertise with Yelp, and advertisements provide the majority of the company's revenue. Many other companies have jumped on the online review and recommendation bandwagon in various areas, such as TripAdvisor, which specializes in travel and hotel reviews from consumers; Angie's List and ReachLocal ( RLOC) , which offer references and connect consumers for professional-service providers, and OpenTable, which lets people make online restaurant reservations in addition to reviewing the places they've eaten.
While no sale of Yelp is a guarantee at this point, the fact that what is arguably the biggest name in a nascent industry may be shopping itself around is enough to grease the wheels of speculation about whether the online review and recommendation sector could be in line for a slate of acquisitions.