Advantages Fair and rapid system of payment and rewards, site works rapidly, no unhealthy competition
Disadvantages Long time for new products to appear
Dooyoo is, as far as I know, the only other consumer opinion site that's UK-based. I had no intention of joining it - Ciao can be time-consuming enough! - until a weekend at the start of November 2003, when Ciao was unusable. Withdrawal symptoms crept in, and I decided to register at Dooyoo.In many respects it's similar to Ciao - the overall layout, the method of submitting reviews, and the rating/commenting system all work in much the same way, so having been on one it's easy enough to use the other. I found both sites very welcoming, having previously only experienced Epinions, the huge American equivalent. As soon as I posted my first opinion on Dooyoo, just like on Ciao, I had friendly comments, and welcoming messages.
There are, however, some distinct differences. At first I didn't find Dooyoo nearly so addictive or interesting, even though many of the same people write there. When Ciao was re-designed, I was even less impressed with Dooyoo. But it's a useful site, it seems to rank much higher in search engines than Ciao, and it does have some good points, so I'm trying to spend some time there every day reading and rating as well as submitting some reviews.UPDATE
Dooyoo has now been redesigned (July 2005) with many improved features. This review now reflects how it is at present, rather than how it was.The colour scheme is still green, and looks much slicker than it was. Green is easy on the eye and whereas I used to consider Dooyoo rather old-fashioned compared to Ciao, I now enjoy spending time there.
Moreover, one of the worst features of 'old Dooyoo', the s-l-o-w browsing, has been changed beyond recognition. Although the site is still harder to navigate than Ciao, pages load very quickly. Dooyoo's sub-categories are less clear than Ciao's: for instance, looking in 'printed books' goes directly to a lengthy list of authors, rather than dividing further into poetry, fiction, non-fiction, children's, and so on.But now that it doesn't take minutes for each page to load, this is less of a problem than it used to be. I also find that the search engine on Dooyoo works as I expect it to. Previously it was unreliable and inconsistent; upgrading that was a big priority and I'm pleased to find it works well.
REVIEWSIf you want to write reviews on Dooyoo, or rate and comment on other people's, you have to be a member. Joining is straightforward with the usual information required. There's now an auto-login feature for members, and whereas earlier in the year it sometimes took several minutes to log in, it's now almost instantaneous.
Posting an opinion on Dooyoo is similar to doing so on Ciao. Find the product, click the 'write a review' link, paste the review in the large gap (or type it directly if you're brave!), enter a title, advantages and disadvantages, and answer any additional questions. Then click submit. I always go and read my opinion after posting it, just in case I've missed a spelling mistake, or something has gone wrong with the layout.
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