What is Ciao?


  1. What exactly is Ciao?
  2. How can I take an active part in Ciao?
  3. Does taking part cost anything?
  4. What can Ciao do for users?
  5. What can Ciao do for businesses?
  6. How does Ciao earn money?
  7. What is Live ID?

  1. What exactly is Ciao?
    Ciao is a multi-million-strong online community that critically reviews and rates millions of products and services for the benefit of other consumers. Available free of charge to consumers in local-language versions in major western European markets, Ciao combines unbiased consumer reviews and up-to-date price information from hundreds online merchants to make it the most comprehensive source of shopping intelligence on the web. Testimony to Ciao's success, 1.3 million members wrote more than 7 million reviews on 1.4 million of products, making it one of the largest shopping portals in Europe.
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  2. How can I take an active part in Ciao?
    You can register free and easily. As soon as your Ciao account has been activated (this usually only takes a few minutes), you can start to actively participate in Ciao and earn money!
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  3. Does taking part cost anything?
    No, participating in Ciao costs you nothing and is completely obligation-free – and in fact, by actively participating on Ciao, you can even earn money!
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  4. What can Ciao do for users?
    Ciao is the most comprehensive source of shopping intelligence on the web. Ciao presents users with a range of valuable information on the consumer goods and services on the market, including authentic reviews by other users and a comparison of the price offers available at the most competitive online shops. Whether you're looking for the best DVD player, the most reliable electricity provider or the best price for a particular model of mobile phone, you can be sure to find the information you need on Ciao.
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  5. What can Ciao do for businesses?
    Businesses who would like to get in touch with us should visit http://www.leguidegroup.com for an overview of our services.
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  6. How does Ciao earn money?
    Ciao earns money in two main ways: from online advertising and merchants who pay to have their online stores linked from the site, and from market research activities. We never sell on our members' e-mail addresses or earn money from member data in any way. To find out more about how Ciao uses your data, please read our Data Protection Policy.
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  7. What is Live ID?
    Windows Live ID is the e-mail address and password that you use to sign in to Windows Live programs and services such as Windows Live Hotmail and Windows Live Messenger; Microsoft services such as Xbox, MSN, and Office Live; and anywhere else that you see the Windows Live ID logo.

    Ciao wants to make it as comfortable as possible to have access to all Live Spaces. Hence you can also login to Ciao via your Live ID from now on.

    Please note: the Live ID login is optional, thus you can also login and register as per usual via the standard Ciao login.

    Logging in for the first time with Live ID

    The login process will differ, depending on

    • whether you already have a Live Id account or not
    • or if you already have a Ciao account or not

    Choose on of the following declaration that applies to you:

    • I have a Live Id account, but I have never registered or logged in on Ciao
      Go to https://www.ciao.co.uk/login.php and click on the Windows Live logo (or alternatively the "sign in" button). You will be routed to the Windows Live Login Page. Enter your Live email-address and your password and hit the "sign in" button. You will then be directed to Ciao, having the possibility to create a Ciao profile. Please fill in the required information and click on "Start now". You will then be concurrently logged in on both Live Spaces and Ciao. You will receive a confirmation mail from both Live and Ciao. Please follow the instructions in the mails.
    • I have neither a Live ID account nor a Ciao account
      After having clicked on the live id logo you will be redirected to the Live ID login page. Click on "sign up" and follow the instructions on the screen. Once the personal information submitted you will be routed back to Ciao. Please create now a new Ciao profile.
      Having provided all mandatory pieces of information for your Ciao profile you eventually will have signed up on Live Spaces and Ciao! Wait for the Ciao and Live mails to activate your account(s).
    • I have a Live ID account and a Ciao account (but never logged in with Live on Ciao before)
      All you need to do is linking your Ciao and your Live Id account. After having signed in on Live, you are routed back to Ciao. Please choose the option "Login to Ciao". You will then be asked to provide your Ciao username and password. Please enter them accordingly âow both your Live and Ciao accounts are connected.
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