We all have opinions on things. And the Internet seems to have drawn previously reserved individuals out of their shells until they’re more than willing to tell you their opinion on anything and everything. Whether you asked for it or not.
Reviews are everywhere. From websites rating the latest movies, music, and television shows, to online shopping sites such as Amazon ranking consumer products by an arbitrary scoring system. But just because reviews are ubiquitous doesn’t mean they’re actually worthwhile.
The Value Of Opinion…
We want to know, Do You Value Online Reviews? This questions cuts both ways. Do you take notice of online reviews and make decisions based on what they say? And do you yourself habitually leave reviews on the Web, whether for apps, books, or businesses?
We really just want to know what you think about online reviews. Which is rather ironic, seeing as we’re once again dealing in opinion. Unfortunately a lot of people forget that reviews are really just opinions dressed up as something deeper, but they’re always tempered by someone’s own tastes and biases.
Have you made a purchasing decision based solely on reviews written on Amazon? Have you let online reviews, on sites such as Metacritic, change what film you saw at the cinema, or what video game you spent $60 acquiring?
Do you actively seek out online reviews before deciding on a restaurant to eat at, or coffee shop to visit? Have you used Yelp or other similar service to help you choose a business to employ?
Have you ever written an online review? If so, what persuaded you to take the time to post it online for others to read? Do you support anonymity when it comes to online reviews, or do you think all reviews should be assigned to real people?
Have Your Say
All comments will be read and most will be replied to, before a follow-up post is published containing the We Ask You Results. One reader will even win Comment Of The Week, which will be included in the follow-up post!
We Ask You is a column dedicated to learning the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.
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