Take Negative Reviews At Half Value For More Accurate Ratings

We recently discovered Yelp’s hidden “filtered” review section, and Lifehacker reader DragonPhyre lets us know of another good method for making an informed decision: take angry, negative reviews at half value.

Online Reviews: When To Trust Them, How To Write Them

If you shop on the internet, chances are you check out online reviews first. That’s a sensible strategy, but only if you learn to distinguish the useless reviews from the fakes and the unfocused complaints. We’ll show you how to spot helpful reviews, and how to write your own.

Goodbrews Keeps Track Of The Beer You Like, Suggests Brews You Might Like

If you’re a beer fan, you know there’s a wide world of craft brews that span styles, flavours and brands. While most of us have one or two go-to brews we enjoy whenever they’re available, if you want to expand your horizons, Goodbrews is a service that makes it easy to tick off the beers you already like, and get recommendations and ratings for ones you might like.

Google Readying For Zagat Launch In Australia

When Google purchased US restaurant guide provider Zagat back in September 2011, I mentally filed it on the long list of Google services that we would never see in Australia. So Google’s announcement that it is surveying Sydney residents ahead of launching a local Zagat presence caught me by surprise.

How To Write Genuinely Useful Reviews Online

Before we buy a new gadget or try a new restaurant, most of us look at the reviews at Amazon, or Yelp, or whichever online retailer or site we’re browsing, just to make sure we’re not wasting our hard earned money on something useless. Even so, those reviews can be a crap-shoot.

Yelp Australia Launches In Sydney, Melbourne

Crowdsourced reviews and directory service Yelp has made its long-expected debut in Australia, launching sites for Sydney and Melbourne that collect together reviews of restaurants, shops, hotels and, in the words of Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman, “anywhere that has an address”.

Detect Fake Online Reviews By Knowing The Words To Look For

Sometimes there are more obvious tell-tale signs of fake online reviews, but product manufacturers are getting more creative. As the New York Times points out, you sometimes need to dig a little deeper into the actual language to detect an impostor.

Ffflick Harnesses Twitter For Crowdsourced Movie Reviews

If you’d like a broad look at how well received a film is before you head off to the cinema, ffflick combs Twitter to generate crowdsourced movie reviews.

Hone Your Eye For Fake Online Reviews

Online reviews have changed the way we shop, and mostly for the better. We’re certainly more informed consumers, but online reviews aren’t always trustworthy. Savvy consumer blog Consumerist offers a few tips for spotting fake online reviews.

Bundle Breakdowns Shows Real Cost Of Travel Bundles

Hotel review site won our admiration with their revealing, if limited, photo fakeouts series. Also worth checking out before you book? Their blog’s “Bundle Breakdowns” section, which similarly shines a light on package deals that aren’t actually deals.