Are you planning on purchasing something new but feel like you should do a little research first? Do find looking all over the interwebs for good product reviews to be a tiresome pain? ConsumerSearch.com is website that scours many sources of online and print media to find and analyze the best product reviews and make smart recommendations. According to ConsumerSearch:
ConsumerSearch.com is a website that helps users find answers about what products are top-rated or best bets in their class. Our mission is to reduce the time it takes readers to make an intelligent purchase. The process begins when our editors scour the Internet and print publications for comparative reviews and other sources relevant to the topic. We then analyze these reviews and sources and rank them according to how credible they are, based on specific criteria we have developed for this purpose. Our website is partly a search tool and partly a consolidator of wisdom and analysis… At ConsumerSearch, we strive to make our content objective and precise; at no point are our editors influenced by advertising or other commercial considerations. Our goal is to report the truth about what experts and users are saying as well as important developments in each product category we cover.
Main categories include (there are many more sub-categories): Electronics, Home & Garden, Kitchen & Food, Fitness & Sports, Computers & Internet, Family & Pets, Health & Beauty, and Automotive. Reviews can also be searched. ConsumerSearch also includes a blog.
Do need a recommendation for anything? Are you wondering where you should go on your next vacation? Would you be happy if you could just figure out what to eat tonight? Hunch.com is a website that gets to know your tastes about everything, and can give you a recommendation for anything based on what other people with similar tastes like. According to Hunch:
Hunch personalizes the internet by getting to know you and then making smart recommendations about what you might like. Hunch’s ambitious mission is to build a ‘taste graph’ of the entire web, connecting every person on the web with their affinity for anything, from books to electronic gadgets to fashion or vacation spots. Hunch is at the forefront of combining algorithmic machine learning with user-curated content, with the goal of providing better recommendations for everyone. Hunch provides personalized recommendations on tens of thousands of topics… Hunch was started by clever folks who were exploring how machine learning could be used to provide smart, taste-driven, highly-customized recommendations.
The more you use Hunch the better its recommendations get, but you can get started by filling out just 20 questions to create your taste profile.
Do you need something to do tonight and wish you could get better results than with a typical search engine? Would you like recommendations from people like you? LikeMe.net is an online search engine for things to do and places to go with results and recommendations from people like you. Daily.LikeMe.net is a blog that posts the latest news and highlights from LikeMe. According to LikeMe:
LikeMe is about connecting people, places and things… LikeMe is like having your own personal tour guide everywhere you go. By combining the practicality of a traditional search engine with a cutting-edge algorithm designed to match you up with people who have similar tastes and give you their best recommendations, LikeMe can help you discover great people, places and things. We call it social search. Instead of reading random reviews from people you don’t know, LikeMe only gives you recommendations from people who like the things you like. Just as you would get an inside tip from a friend, using LikeMe is like having a network of friendly recommenders all across the country… LikeMe is currently building a community of recommenders from all walks of life. From professional athletes and well-known celebrities to local heroes and underground musicians, there’s always something new to discover.
LikeMe is divided into sections on People, Places, Events, and VIP. LikeMe//Daily is divided People, Places, and Things. There is a LikeMe iPhone app for LikeMe on the go. You can participate and strengthen LikeMe’s network by adding your own recommendations.
Are you looking for a good movie recommendation? Do your friends fail to understand your taste in movies? Do you think film critics give terrible reviews? Criticker.com is website that finds people with similar tastes in movies and puts them together, so that anyone can get a good film recommendation based on what they like. According to Criticker:
Criticker aims to match you with the people who share your taste in film most exactly. By using the Taste Compatibility Index (TCI), you can identify with whom you most agree, out of thousands. It’s more than just movie recommendations: you’re paired with the people whose tastes are most compatible with your own, and thus get the most accurate advice possible… Criticker will never push films upon you — if the math predicts that you’ll hate a new blockbuster, that’s what we’ll tell you!
Criticker is more then just movie recommendations, it is also an online community complete with discussion forums.
Are you bored and looking for something to do tonight? Tired of the same old thing? Want something a bit different and a lot more exciting? Thrillist.com is website that sends out free daily emails with recommendations for what is new, unknown or under-appreciated in your city. There is also a lot of information on the site if you don’t want sign up for the email. According to Thrillist:
Each weekday, we’ll drop you a must-have recommendation, from the best of what’s new, to deeply under-the-radar goodness. We’re talking absinthe-only cocktail spots, eateries that dish up BBQ Rattlesnake Salad and Reindeer in Bourbon Sauce… We’re not going to waste our time or yours with things that suck — you already have your job for that. So we don’t write reviews, just recommendations, and because we painstakingly wade through the crap to unearth greatness, you get exclusively the best of your city’s food, drinks, gear, services, entertainment, travel options, and events.
Thrillist covers fifteen major cities and counting. Topics include: Food+Dining, Style, Entertainment, Travel, Bars+Nightlife, Home+Gadgets, Music, Sex+Dating, Sports+Fitness, Career+Money, and Cars