One thing that the internet has given everyone (for better or worse) is a platform to have their voices heard. Average people who otherwise wouldn't be heard are now able to share their thoughts and opinions with people from all over the world, again, sometimes for better, sometimes for worse. But with so much negativity already in our mindspace these past few weeks, let's focus on the positives, shall we?
Online reviews are a great way of learning about the quality of any product, be it a movie, a smartphone, a restaurant, a book, household appliances, anything really. But I'm not talking about professional reviews, I'm talking about reviews written by you and me. Reviews written by average users who aren't paid to review products.
There's plenty of platforms for users like us to write our own reviews, and this is what I'd like to discuss with everyone today. Do you often write reviews for products you purchase? If so, where? What platforms do you use to write your reviews?
I write reviews quite frequently across a variety of platforms. Google Maps is probably my most active review platform. Whenever I visit a new restaurant, cafe, tourist destination, etc., I almost always write reviews. I find myself referring to Google Maps reviews a lot too before visiting a new destination, and I want to contribute to the platform as well. I try to be as informative as I can when writing reviews, touching on parking, payment options, pricing, seating availability, posting photos, and whatever else I can think of. Looking forward to contributing again once the pandemic dies down.
The newest platform I use for reviews is Goodreads. As I only started reading on a regular basis last year, I needed something to help me choose which books to read. Goodreads became a reliable platform for me to read reviews and see ratings for books I considered buying, and I also write my own reviews there once I'm done with a book.
I enjoy watching movies a lot too, but I don't write reviews on any movie-focused websites. I do rate movies on IMDb, but for written reviews I write them right here on Cake. I've written quite a few actually, with 1917 and Knives Out being two of my more recent contributions. Movies aren't the only form of entertainment I review on Cake. TV series get some attention from me as well, like Stranger Things when the third season was released on Netflix and the final season of Game of Thrones (which sucked).
Then there's my micro-reviews that I write on Twitter whenever I purchase or try a new tech product. As I use a new tech product I tweet out my thoughts and opinions as I'm using it. Once I'm done, I consolidate my thoughts and write out a full review here on Cake, sometimes converting it into a half-review half-opinion kind of article. I've done this for wireless earphones, smartwatches, and music streaming.
What about you? How often and where do you write reviews on the internet?