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.

TwitCritics Scours Twitter To Bring You Movie Reviews

TwitCritics leverages the constant flow of positive and negative movie references on Twitter to give a peek at public opinion on what’s playing at cinemas.

Re-Establish The Weekly Review Habit

Reviewing where you are and where you’re going is a critical, but oft overlooked, part of personal development. Get in the habit of giving yourself a weekly review.

FlixPulse Rates Movies by Twitter Consensus

Web-based movie review index FlixPulse might not provide the voice of rationed wisdom on how good a movie is, but it’s a nifty way to see what the uber-connected Twitter community has to say on it. Real humans scan through film mentions across the short-messaging community, then group them into good, bad, or indifferent piles to compile a percentage. Of course, most people aren’t going to Twitter about movies they found only reasonably good, but it’s a great conversation starter and, occasionally, a refreshing dip in the schadenfreude pond. FlixPulse [via Download Squad]