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Crown of the Day
04/02/2010 - (11:33 AM)
Many people are using their iPods and the like for portable film viewing these days, but no matter how good the quality of the screens are, they're still extremely limited in size. Today's Crown of the Day review introduces us to a device that leans more towards viewing pleasure in the portability vs watchability trade-off, plus according to the reviewer it's easy to use, has excellent battery life, and can handle just about any format you care to throw at it! Check out DavyMichelle's excellent review of the Sony DVPFX730L portable DVD player - it may just help you realise that this is exactly the gadget that's been missing from your life!
Celebrated dooyooers of the Week
03/02/2010 - (10:58 AM)
A new batch of wonderful dooyooers for you this week folks, some you may know and some who will probably be unfamiliar - but they're all on our reading list this week and we recommend that you check them out too! First up is one very thoughtful and measured reviewer of Films and Books, BlackSwan. Drewster_Rooster earned their spot on the list with an impressive review in the Small Kitchen Electrical category, one that is always of great interest to consumers. Big congratulations to ScotShelle on her first ever Crown - the stand out review was in the Tumble Dryer category. It's been great to see familiar face Secre back actively writing on the site again recently, and as usual her reviews have been of an outstanding quality. Last but not least is ImVeryNice who attracted our attention with an excellent review of the Nescafé Dolce Gusto by Krups coffee machine. Great work all, you're our celebrated members this week!
Sad News: the dooyooCommunity Loses One of its Gurus
02/02/2010 - (02:13 PM)
Many members of the dooyooCommunity will have been saddened recently by the news that one of our longest-standing, and most devoted dooyoo members, kenjohn, passed away late last month. Ken was an extremely engaged and vocal member of the dooyooCommunity and even during his long battle with cancer he remained involved and committed to the site and his many dooyoo friends. Ken's strong opinions, excellent reviews, and passion for the site will be missed, and we're sure that the many dooyooers who have encountered Ken during his 10 years on the site will miss his friendship. From all of us here at dooyoo HQ, our sincere condolences to Ken's family and friends.
If you were a friend of Ken's, or would like to make a contribution towards cancer research, please visit kenjohn's profile for details about Ken's family's chosen research foundation, Cancer Clinical Research Trust (CCRT).
Of course if you would like to donate your dooyooMiles towards finding more effective treatments for cancer sufferers, you can redeem your dooyooMiles as a donation to Imperial Cancer Research on the redemptions page in your account.
-Elise & Hal
January Competition Winners!
01/02/2010 - (02:56 PM)
Congratulations to all the January Competition winners! This month the category was Video, and first, second and third place take home 5,000dM, 3,000dM, and 1,000dM respectively. During all this cold weather it seems there has been a lot of dooyooers making the most of their time indoors and writing some great reviews about some great products!
Stand out review and first place goes to xx_nic_xx with her excellent review Sony’s Trump Card which investigates Sony’s KDL 46V2000AEP LCD Television. After twelve months of using this product, xx_nic_xx has got some great advice to offer potential consumers.
rosebud2001 earned second place with her review of the Samsung BD-P1580, a Blu-Ray player that she has given a very respectable four stars. The Idiots Guide to Blu-ray gives a useful insight into the basics of Blu-Ray and then goes on to give specific and extremely useful information about the player itself.
Not far behind is RunnyHunnyBee and her review of another Samsung product, the Samsung DVD F1080 DVD Player. Her review, What is it? clarifies that question and then some, providing us with excellent information that’s bound to inform your purchasing decision.
As always, we also choose a Review of the Month, which is awarded 3,500dM. This month we couldn’t look past JJJJ’s review Metal Book of the Future. It’s an outstanding review of the Sony Reader Digital Book PRS-300, and well worth reading regardless of your stance on digital books.
Further information about these winning reviews and February's competition can be found on the Monthly Competition page.
Are you feeling a little bit drab as the winter drags on? Looking for something to give your skin a much needed healthy glow? Well we’re expecting a positive barrage of reviews this month when we turn our attention to the Cosmetics category that are sure to point you in the right direction! With all the big names in cosmetics, from Academie to Zirh International we’re on the lookout for every lotion and potion to turn us into bronzed and gorgeous glamour-pusses. Now’s your chance beauty gurus, let's see your best reviews!
Crown of the Day!
28/01/2010 - (02:47 PM)
Crown of the Day today goes to one of our ever-helpful dooyooCommunity Guides azana, for her assessment of the OXO Good Grips Angled Measuring Jug. A measuring jug - with limited measurements... is a great little review and we definitely recommend checking it out!
Cheque, cheque, one, two...
25/01/2010 - (02:25 PM)
All cheque redemption requests up to the 20th of January have now been processed and are on their way!
The start of 2010 has been a busy time for dooyoo, which is fantastic, and while we have caught up with cheque payments, unfortunately we are still experiencing some delays in replying to emails. We kindly ask for your patience, and if you have sent a message to us, rest assured we are working as hard as we can to answer it quickly.
Thank you all for understanding and helping us over the holiday period, it is very much appreciated!
dooyoo HQ Guru!!
20/01/2010 - (11:14 AM)
Last month we celebrated ten years of dooyoo, hooray! During the festivities we took the time to interview some of our long-standing dooyoo members about the site, how they think it has changed and where they think its going. Now, thanks to dooyooCommunity Guide pmcds, it’s dooyoo HQ Guru Elise’s turn in the hot seat!
pmcds: Hey folks! Happy 10th birthday. I'm sure some of the dooyooers out there would love to hear some of YOUR opinions on the site.
How many of you are there on the dooyoo admin team and who is the main driving force behind everything we see?
Elise: There are about 30 of us here at dooyoo HQ. As for who is the driving force, well, if you ask Tech they'll say it's them, the Content Team would have a different answer, but we all know who's really in charge here... *cough!* Community, ahem.
pmcds: How important is the community aspect of dooyoo?
Elise: Well, for Hal and I it's what our jobs are all about so is of paramount importance to us. From a company point of view it is one of the key foundations upon which dooyoo is built, it's what we believe makes dooyoo stand out from other price comparison sites.
pmcds: What role do the Guides play and how do they help the site?
Elise: The dooyooCommunity Guides are a huge help to us, assisting new members, pointing out problems with the site or errors that need to be fixed, nominating excellent reviews for Crowns, and helping us monitor the site for abuse.
pmcds: You look like you enjoyed your 10th birthday cakes, but who has the biggest appetite out of the team?
Elise: Ha! That would definitely be David, he may look small but he can pack 'em in!
pmcds: What individual qualities do you bring to the day to day running of the site, to help you all work as a team?
Elise: Well, I do make an excellent coffee...
pmcds: What do you like best about your job?
Elise: I really like writing news for the site and trying to make it a little amusing or interesting, it's fun to be a bit creative at work! I also particularly enjoy coming up with new ideas for site features and discussing these with the rest of the team (of course there's not always time to do everything, but it's great to have that scope).
Honey, It's Winnie the Pooh Day
18/01/2010 - (12:36 PM)
Probably just about all of us have loved Winnie the Pooh at one time or another in our lives. What's not to love about a muddling round bear who loves honey and fun and yet comes out with such delightful pearls of wisdom just when you least expect it?
The Complete Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne is an absolute classic of children's literature and really a must in every household. A lovely addition is the [Winnie the Pooh: The Collection Audio CD], a great one for children's bedtimes.
Even before story-time becomes a regular fixture, infants can enjoy the soothing lullabies and rainbow lights of the Fisher Price Lullaby Soother Winnie The Pooh - it has almost exclusively rave reviews from the dooyoo parents. For the more wakeful hours, Fisher Price have the Magic Rattle Pooh to keep baby entertained.
Help make learning fun with the LeapFrog Winnie the Pooh - Lots & Lots of Honey Pots activity book, which focuses on counting and simple maths for preschool children. Or how about the Character Options Winnie The Pooh Hopping Honey Pots board game?
If Pooh has a special place in your heart, there are some fantastic collectors' items available, such as the Churchill China Disney Winnie The Pooh Breakfast Set. Or you can get mobile with these adorable Disney Winnie The Pooh Headphones.
We shall leave you with these incredibly wise words from one very mellow bear:
“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?"” - Winnie The Pooh.
Crown of the Day!
12/01/2010 - (12:39 PM)
With a bundle of excellent reviews receiving Crowns today it was tough to choose one for Crown of the Day honours, but in the end we couldn’t look past RunnyHunnyBee’s review of the Samsung LE-40A656 LCD TV. We think My Rose-tinted Telly is a great review and definitely worth checking out!
11/01/2010 - (01:11 PM)
The dooyoo HQ elves would like to send our apologies for delays in correspondence that some members may be experiencing at the moment. We are working hard to catch up after the recent holiday period, however, we are currently unable to answer your queries as quickly as we would like to. We kindly ask for your patience and we will be working through all requests as they have arrived, so never fear we will reply!
Our Help Pages contain answers to most of the frequently asked questions, and as very experienced members of the site our Guides are more than happy to help.
Thanks for your understanding!
All Herald The King!
08/01/2010 - (09:40 AM)
On the 8th of January in 1935 a little bundle of joy later to be known as 'The King' came into the world. Only 19 years later Elvis Presley began a career that would see him reach previously unknown popularity, start mass hysteria everywhere he performed, and eventually lead to him being inducted into no less than four music halls of fame.
It is a testament to the his music that the dooyooCommunity are still loving Elvis's I Believe: The Gospel Masters after all these years. Likewise the classic album All Shook Up. It's worth a trip down memory lane into the back catalogue, there really are some great tunes in there!
Elvis these days, however, is much more than just his music. There are a veritable flood of fun Elvis-related products on the market these days - like the Bluw Elvis Duck, which is sure to give you a chuckle every time you step into the shower. Or, perfect for parties and Halloween, a suitably huge Black Elvis Wig is a must. For the more serious collectors, how about the Aloha Elvis Action Figure or the Elvis Blue Shirt Alarm Clock?
Whether you're a serious fan or just enjoy a bit of fun, we here at dooyoo HQ recommend a bit of what we like to call 'King Karaoke' today... Have fun!
December Competition Winners!
06/01/2010 - (01:54 PM)
Today we have the winners of last decade’s Monthly Competition, the category was in Audio / HiFi and the competition was fierce!
A big congratulations goes out to nickbrown60, sweetiebum, and jeffjen who took out first, second and third place consecutively. Also today the Review of the Month has been awarded to catsholiday for her tantalising review, Tiny almost all in one gadget, where she puts the Russell Hobbs 3-in-1 Hand Blender through its paces. More details about these excellent reviews and members can be found on the Competitions page.
This month is a new year, a new decade and a new Monthly Competition! This time the chosen category is Video, so get your thinking caps on and start thinking about which product you're going to review this month for your chance to win glory, honour, and of course bonus dooyooMiles!
2010: The Future is Now
04/01/2010 - (09:27 AM)
Happy New Year dooyooers! We hope you've all had a safe and happy start to the new decade.
2010... how futuristic does that sound? To mark the fact that we have now officially arrived in the future, we've sent out dooyoo-bots out to collect the latest and most brain-blowing gadgets and electronical wonders on the market today.
1. The Archos 5 Internet Media Tablet 250 GB surfs the web, sends and receives emails, plays HD video, and stores up to 250 GB of music and other files - all in a compact format that fits in the palm of your hand. Nice!
2. The Logitech Anywhere Mouse MX allows you to use your mouse absolutely anywhere, tracking even on glass, plus it's cordless, sleek looking, and has hyper fast scrolling to help you knock off those long documents in no time flat.
3. How about an umbrella that changes colour when wet? Now that's the future! Check out the Suck UK Colour Changing Umbrella.
4. Ok ok, we know iPods have been around a while now, but you have to admit, adding a camera to the new Apple iPod nano (5G) was a pretty great idea.
5. For the coinesseurs amongst you, there's now a new way to aerate your wine without having to decant it and leave it to breathe before you drink it. The Vinturi Wine Aerator is specially designed to fully aerate the wine as it's being poured into your glass, meaning that if you don't have the time to let it decant you can still get the benefit of the full flavour.
It's a whole new year and we here at dooyoo HQ are certainly looking forward to a whole myriad of cool new products, and of course your excellent consumer advice!
-Elise & Hal
Ringing the Year Out: New Year's Eve Survival Guide
29/12/2009 - (12:40 PM)
Well the year 2009 is drawing to a close and most of us are full of plans and ideas for the coming new year - or at the very least plans for celebrating on New Year's Eve! We've put together a few must-haves to make it through and fully enjoy what is usually one of the biggest nights of the year...
If you're looking for something to make this year special, then a few sky lanterns let off at midnight might be the perfect thing - just be sure not to drink and fly! To get festive in the office, these USB Fairy Lights look like a winner.
Turn a quick drink at home before you head out into a classy cocktail hour, or impress your guests with your drink mixing skills with the exclusive Nick Munro Trombone Cocktail Shaker. For the more advanced mixers, the Boston Cocktail Shaker Set has all the appurtenances you could require.
For the ladies who like getting glammed up to welcome in the new year, the Benefit Justine Case is one of the biggest hits in the make up world at the moment and contains a little of everything to make you feel great on the big night. If you're looking for some additional colour, how about the Urban Decay Sustainable Shadow Box or a truly decadent Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Lipstick? If there's one thing you definitely can't do without though, it's Scholl Party Feet gel cushions - just what you need to dance the night away!
If you're planning on keeping at it all night, we highly recommend stocking up on vitamin B for the next morning, and setting up the Teasmade before you go out so you can have a fresh cuppa first thing on New Year's Day!
Wishing you a great New Year celebration dooyooers!
-Elise & Hal
The 'Argh! It's Christmas Already?!' Last Minute Emergency Gift Guide
22/12/2009 - (12:11 PM)
Ok, so it's only a couple of days before Christmas and we know you're probably in a rush so we're going to keep this brief. If you haven't get quite rounded up your gift-shopping for this year, here are our emergency tips...
- We absolutely love the Amethyst iPanda iPod Speaker Dock not only is it playful and well-designed, but it also charges your iPod while you're playing music and reviewers say that the sound quality is great - what more could one ask for?!
- The Alessi Bunny & Carrot Kitchen Roll Holder is adorable, affordable, and something that everyone could use and enjoy (even if they wouldn't necessarily buy it for themselves). A great last minute novelty gift.
- Jamie's America is the latest cookbook from celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, making it a useful reference for budding chefs of any age, as well as an interesting, glossy coffee table book.
- Sweets for your sweetie, cute gifts for your bestie, or fab stocking fillers - the delicious Naughty But Nice Lip Gloss range has you covered!
- Utilitarian and endlessly entertaining for gadget lovers, the Energy Saving Shake Torch makes a great present for just about anyone.
- Finally here's something for the kids that the parents will like too... The VTech VSmile Cyber Pocket is a sturdy and fun educational gaming system for children and comes with one learning game; present sorted!
dooyooMiles Holiday Redemptions
21/12/2009 - (11:03 AM)
We're on the final countdown to the Christmas holidays - only 3 days to go! So if you've been saving up your dooyooMiles for a last Amazon voucher before Christmas you'll need to act quickly! Tomorrow is the last day for redeeming your dooyooMiles if you would like to receive your gift voucher before Christmas. Of course if you miss that deadline we'll just process your request as soon as we're back after the holidays.
Redemption requests for Amazon vouchers will be processed within the usual 10 working day timeframe throughout the festive period and new year, however there will be a short hiatus in cash redemptions. The last day for making cash redemption requests in 2009 is the 27th of December. All cash redemption requests made after this date will be processed at the end of January.
Thanks for your understanding and we wish you a very merry Christmas!
10 Years of dooyoo: the Last of the Gurus
17/12/2009 - (10:54 AM)
We've had a lot of fun interviewing some of the dooyoo Gurus over the last couple of weeks (there are so many we couldn't quite get to them all!), but today is the last day of our 10th Anniversary celebrations. We are wrapping up this interview series with an amusing conversation with two very different members; all-rounder janharper and travel-a-holic Muffin_the_Mule. Enjoy...
dooyooTeam: You've been on dooyoo almost a decade - what keeps you coming back for more?
Muffin_the_Mule: The Money, for me, it's all about the money. I recently earned my very first £50 cheque, but I'm so chuffed I daren't take it out, as I'll be 40 by the time I get another one.
janharper: At first I enjoyed just writing reviews, reading and rating others and generally getting involved in the community which was really quite small back in 2000. In those days the minimum number of words was just 75 and that attracted lots of would be reviewers and what we called churners. Most members managed much longer, more detailed reviews of course. I am sure many of the 'oldies' will remember when the front page (which was then very important in terms of reads) was stuffed full of churned 'not useful' reviews from time to time. Anyway, a lot has changed since those days.
dooyooTeam: How has dooyoo changed over the last 10 years?
Muffin_the_Mule: Remember the green dot that was a white dot thing? Yeah. That's gone now. And there are no more Giraffes being written about.
janharper: The community is growing all the time and the generally expected standard of reviews is much higher. I now use dooyoo on a regular basis to check out brand names and products and when I try something new I can't wait to review it. I was actually the first dooyoo member to have written 1000 reviews and I write on just about any topic. It just depends how the mood takes me. So I suppose I'm something of an addict.
dooyooTeam: Are there any memorable incidents or reviews from your time in the dooyooCommunity?
Muffin_the_Mule: Lots. Just read the comments page of my Stick Insect review from the year of our lord 2001. [And] "Go Go Gadget Flahoola" means that I have a Pending Friend Request from Sticky Vicky on Facebook, and she sends me Emails. It's memorable like being knocked off your bike is memorable.
(Note: Funnily enough janharper also wrote a review of stick insects, but had a rather different opinion!)
dooyooTeam: Have your reviewing patterns or favourite categories changed since you joined the dooyooCommunity?
Muffin_the_Mule: Yes. A Bit. There were always Food reviews in the beginning, but there were less value products on the shop shelves to write about, and technically it's quite astute to buy food at a cost of less than 50p per item and then make a profit by reviewing it.
dooyooTeam: What do you imagine for the next 10 years of dooyoo?
janharper: I hope that the site continues to develop and grow over the next ten years. I wonder how many original members will still be active then.
Muffin_the_Mule: Someone will review their trip to the Moon, and someone else will say it's Not Useful, and then someone else will get a bit upset.
10 Years of dooyoo: Fresh Faces for the Future!
16/12/2009 - (12:20 PM)
On this day 10 years ago, the dooyoo green first graced the computer screen. We are so thrilled to be here 10 years later, stronger than ever, and with such an engaged and active dooyooCommunity!
In celebrating the last 10 years of dooyoo recently, we've been focusing on all our loyal, long-standing members. We thank all of those members for their continuous involvement, support, feedback, and contributions to the site. However I am sure we'd all agree that in order to make it through another decade with the same energy and success, we also need a steady flow of fresh new members!
This time in our Celebrated dooyooers of the Week list, we're heaping praise on five excellent members who just recently joined the site. We appreciate the enthusiasm and new ideas of clumsy221, Snarflebat, elfbwillow1, minkypolly, and Renza_e. They've all written some Crown-worthy reviews, so if you haven't yet acquainted yourself with the work of these great new dooyooers, we recommend you do so!
Once again, on this 10 year milestone, thank you to all of you fab dooyooers for making the site the success that it is!
10 Years of dooyoo: dooyoo Gurus in the Hot Seat
16/12/2009 - (10:53 AM)
Another two highly respected dooyoo Gurus share their views and experiences with us this morning. Today we have electronics expert Nibelung and adventurer zoe_page_1...
*On why they love dooyoo.*
Nibelung: I particularly like the way that the dooyoo system of rewards is more transparent than... ahem... other sites, and you can see what you are going to get from the 'get go', as they say, unless of course you are lucky enough to get 'Crowned' or even better earn one of the monthly awards. As far as I'm concerned, Amazon vouchers are as good as money!
zoe_page_1: I think it's the fact the site is always evolving, both in terms of who is active in the community and the products being reviewed. There's always something new to read about, and new writers to get to know. Plus, the products or services I personally want to know more about change over time. When I bought a house a few years ago I suddenly became interested in lots of products I'd never paid attention to before, whereas when I started on dooyoo as a student, I was much more interested in things in the Campus and Careers section.
*On the biggest changes to the site in the last decade.*
zoe_page_1: I think the change that sticks most in my mind is the introduction of the message feature. It really helps prevent the comments area on a review from getting too clogged up with posts not entirely related to consumer opinion. Plus it's a nice way to 'chat' to people, and build up that community feel.
Nibelung: At first I found [dooyoo] was a bit clinical, but over the years, the sense of community has grown, and I've even made friends in the flesh as it were - if this is you, you'll know who I mean, won't you, KHG?
*Love is in the air...*
zoe_page_1: I've 'met' some great people through the site, and some of those have turned into real world friendships. In fact, I met an old boyfriend through the site. We got chatting by email after commenting on each other's work, discovered we lived in the same city (though I was on placement abroad at that point), and ended up dating for a year when I returned to the UK. A very random take on typical internet dating - and we even wrote joint reviews about it at the time.
*Community involvement and reviews that attract attention.*
zoe_page_1: I don't write too many non-product opinions, i.e. dooyoo Lounge ones, but my Swine Flu one sticks out, if only for the massive response I got through messages and comments. Living in Mexico City when it all kicked off meant I had a unique perspective to share, and I wanted to get the message out that things were nothing like the (British) media was portraying at the time. I think people know me for my travels more than anything else - when an earthquake hit the city a few weeks later, it was really sweet to get half a dozen or so messages of concern from people, checking I was ok.
I'm also really awed when people register with the site with the specific purpose of sending me a message or leaving a comment. Recently someone came across my Byron Bay review and joined up to send me some questions - it was a guy who is off there for Christmas this year, while I spent the 25th Dec in Byron in 2005. But I've also had a really nice response from people more related to the products or services I'm writing about - authors have messaged me thanking me for reviewing their books, and once a restaurant signed up so they could send thanks too!
Nibelung: Not sure ANY of my reviews are memorable (if I can't remember any how can I expect someone else to?) but I do enjoy giving a piece of electronics more than just a 'once-over', preferring the nitty-gritty approach which I freely admit won't be to everyone's liking or attention span.
*On being dooyoo's resident travel guru.*
zoe_page_1: Travel has always been a big one for me. In fact, a month after I first joined dooyoo I went out to work in Vienna for a few months and that's when I really got hooked. There weren't many reviews about the attractions in the city at that point, so every time I went somewhere I would think about whether it was worth telling people about, and keep an eye out for things to mention. I tend to dip in and out of dooyoo, but invariably write more often when I'm living abroad. It's really nice to look back over my old reviews, too, to relive some of the places I've been. Since I joined in 2001 I've lived in Austria, Germany, Spain, the USA, Australia and, most recently, Mexico, and I can track every one of those adventures through my old dooyoo reviews - not to mention the many holidays in between.
*What's in the future for dooyoo?*
Nibelung: I'd like to see dooyoo become a centre of excellence for consumer reviews of relatively expensive goods only. The kind of thing you need advice on before taking the plunge, not what the writer thinks of Yorkie Bars. Easy for me to say, since this is precisely what I do write about, but I do feel we're currently awash with reviews on the merits of Walker's Crisp and the like.
10 Years of dooyoo: Interview with a couple of dooyoo Gurus
15/12/2009 - (02:55 PM)
We have had such fantastic levels of feedback for our series of dooyoo Guru interviews (we shouldn't really have expected anything else given the outstanding levels of involvement shown by these members!). Today we have some further fun, strangeness, and seriousness from two of our more eccentric long-serving dooyooers. So, what do manga-lover shroud, and horror film buff hogsflesh have to say about the last 10 years of dooyoo? Take a look...
dooyooTeam: After so many years on the site, you're now officially dooyoo Gurus - what keeps you participating?
Shroud: I really enjoy getting to know the members through their reviews. What a person buys, how they use the things, and the way they express themselves tells you a lot about a person. It builds a sense of community too, as the personal opinions are not weighed down with an overt consumerist agenda. I also quite enjoy sharing my passions through here, and have made real friends that way.
Hogsflesh: The money's nice. I think what I like best about dooyoo is the relative freedom it gives community members, though - it's great that the database of things we can review isn't confined to only the most popular stuff. Obviously the popular things will get more reviews and reads, but it's nice that we can write about less well-known things as well. I don't think the 'personalisation' aspect of the site is appreciated enough.
dooyooTeam: You're both regular contributors to the site. Have your reviewing patterns or interests changed since you joined the dooyooCommunity?
Hogsflesh: When I started out I used to divide my time between various categories, but I've gradually focused more and more on Film. Obviously being film guide twice has meant I've read more film reviews than any other kind. I'm playing more computer games now than I used to, though, so I'm trying to branch out a bit...
Shroud: I first encountered dooyoo when my daughter was an infant, so I reviewed lots of baby products, and being a cloth nappy addict at the time, I reviewed lots and lots of cloth nappies lol. Being an avid movie viewer and book reader, and loving to sew, I later expanded to reviewing these things, and then decided to simply review whatever I was interested in without limiting myself category-wise.
dooyooTeam: How has dooyoo changed / improved over the last 10 years?
Hogsflesh: Loads of ways. The pay structure's changed half a dozen times, there never used to be Guides, members couldn't nominate reviews for Crowns... The site went through a catastrophic redesign about five years ago that made it not work properly for months - it was slow, it looked dreadful, no new items could be added etc. Things now are pretty good!
Shroud: dooyoo has had a few minor clangers in site design over the past few years, which they rectitified once it became obvious, but by and large I have found it to be a site that genuinely cares about its membership and tries to accomodate them. It is good business sense as it keeps users returning, and it also has the benefit that it builds personal trust between the site and its users, adding to the community feel. I think this is what attracts people who drift by from search engines to stay on past their initial product research.
dooyooTeam: Got any memorable moments or favourite reviews from your time in the dooyooCommunity?
Shroud: Berlioz II's review for Maison Ikkoku. I forgot to rate it at the time, oops. Best go remedy that. It was probably because I was too busy hitting the BUY button at the top after reading his review. I've also had contact from a TV station I reviewed, as well as a few publishers and even one of the book authors, so the reviews that grabbed their attentions are pretty memorable to me as well.
I once had a member picture depicting part of a ruin (Whitby Abbey actually), and a member messaged me to ask me in all seriousness if that was my house. They thought as I was "sort of gothy" and liked manga and anime, that I might really live in a place like that. Sorry, I don't, and I don't sleep in a coffin either. It was kind of strange, but funny. Though not as strange as the person my sister met on Facebook, who asked if I was a real vampire. Hmm...
dooyooTeam: What do you imagine for the next 10 years of dooyoo?
Shroud: Bigger, with more consumers realising that they should get the inside info from real users, who have used the products longer than a week like a "professional" consumer testing group, and "average folks" who provide a true cross section of the population giving a more reliable overall consensus on books and films than someone connected with the industry. Who knows, maybe Amazon or Borders or someone similar will wake up to dooyoo and link back to reviews here rather than host their own mini reviews.
Hogsflesh: The whole planet will be overrun by giant ants in 2014. After that, I think reviews will be far more focused on things like formic acid and the joys of living in a big hive.
10 Years of dooyoo: More dooyooTeam
15/12/2009 - (01:03 PM)
Paco from the Italian dooyooTeam plays it cool with two of our lovely dooyoo HQ ladies, while the clear winner in the 'best facial expression' category, Nev, looks like he just discovered the Hope Diamond inside his cupcake!
10 Years of dooyoo: Interview with another dooyoo Guru!
14/12/2009 - (12:35 PM)
What better way to start the week than by interviewing another one of our outstanding and long-standing members! Today we take the time to chat with koshkha, who is known for her excellent travel reviews and general dooyooing awesomeness.
dooyooTeam: We have been going strong for 10 years now and you've been here for a large portion of that time, why did you join dooyoo?
koshkha: It was a surprise to me when I learned I'd been registered for so long
because it was only about 3 years ago that I actually started writing on
dooyoo so I feel like a bit of a fake to be called a 'guru'. I signed up way back in the mists of time when I was looking for information on products from companies to whom I was selling ingredients. It was a great way to show that I'd really researched what their consumers thought and how they used their products and it never failed to be a surprise to most of them. I remember telling one toothpaste manufacturer that their product pushed a lot of buttons with mothers who had husbands and sons who never cleaned the sink properly. I used to take extracts from dooyoo reviews to show those companies what 'real people' (maybe my understanding of the dooyoo membership might lead me to now consider we're a bit more 'special' rather than 'real' these days) thought of their products. The strange thing was that at that time almost no manufacturers in the field I worked in even knew that sites like dooyoo existed and I suspect that an awful lot still don't know. I know that the company I NOW work for would happily pay good money to get the kind of detailed feedback that dooyoo and sites like it
supply but to date it's mostly an untapped seam of golden information that few have found or learned to exploit.
dooyooTeam: We're pleased to hear that dooyoo has been a valuable resource for you! How has dooyoo changed over the years?
koshkha: Firstly it's massively more busy than it used to be. It was still possible even two years ago to log on and get through ALL the new reviews without having to bust a gut or give up all other activities to do it. I think the change to the reward structure which introduced the '50p per review' posting
bonus opened the floodgates and things haven't been the same since. This makes it exceptionally difficult to keep on top of what's going on at dooyoo any more but I'm sure it's good for the site as a whole. Payment systems have changed a few times and no doubt will change again, I'm not so crazy as to think dooyoo will ever stay in one place for too long. Another big improvement was getting rid of the old mailing system (was it called tooyoo or something like that?) which was horribly unwieldy and introducing the personal messaging system.
dooyooTeam: Do you have any funny incidents to report from your time in the
koshkha: I can't really claim too many incidents but I have met up with some lovely people as a result of being on the site. Most recently I had dinner in
Bangalore with kiran8 which is undoubtedly the furthest I've been for a 'dooyoo-meet' and I've just put mattygroves10 on the train back to London after a weekend of beer and sightseeing and I often meet up with GillMN for lunch. I've had dinner with duskmaiden in London and there are many members I know from this site who I also keep in regular contact with across a range of other sites. I have the sort of odd work-life that means it's hard to have 'normal' friendships and dooyoo stops me from becoming totally anti-social. There are at least a dozen or two members I'd love to meet up with if the opportunity arose.
dooyooTeam: That’s great to hear you’ve made a lot of good friends on dooyoo! You have also read and written a lot of reviews over the years, is one particularly memorable?
koshkha: I'm going to be selfish and use this question to plug an organisation that I really care about. I wrote about the international microfinancing site
kiva.org which collects small loans from people who have a bit of spare cash and facilitates getting that money to small entrepreneurs all over the world. As a result of writing about kiva on this site, at least 6 members from dooyoo signed up to join and make loans and those are just the ones who told me so I suspect they were the tip of the iceberg. It's not too often you can say that something you've written has had an international impact!
10 Years of dooyoo: More Cupcake Madness!
11/12/2009 - (12:51 PM)
Max is a happy, cupcake-fuelled camper, Elise and Natalie are full of bright ideas, while Amelie and Mareike try to fit as much sugar as possible into their mouths at once - and David's just happy to have successfully defended his one!
10 Years of dooyoo: Interview with TWO dooyoo Gurus!
11/12/2009 - (12:23 PM)
Two lovely ladies and very long-standing dooyooers, MALU and SusanLesley, shared their views of dooyoo over the last decade with us. Take a look at what they have to say...
*Their reasons for sticking with dooyoo all these years...*
Susanlesley: Well, I would be lying if I didn't say that the money comes in handy, but it is much more than that here on dooyoo. There is (generally) a good community of people here who help and support one another and through the comments on our home pages we can share good (and bad) news with other members.
Without wishing to sound as though I am creeping to the powers that be I must also say that whenever I have had a problem the dooyooTeam have answered any emails promptly and courteously and have solved the problem quickly whenever possible which is a lot more than I can say for the main rival site! LOL!
MALU: Fame, glory, money and my online friends.
*Speaking of fame and fortune...*
MALU: I had written a travel report on the Italian town of Trento for the British dooyoo site, later I translated it into German and posted it on the German one. After some time, a German TV station contacted me and invited me to take part in a programme on Trento. I didn't know the programme so I watched it to find out what it was like. I didn't like the way it was made and declined. Maybe that was a mistake, maybe I could have become a TV star - thanks to a travel report on dooyoo.
*Reviews to remember...*
SusanLesley: I think the most memorable one that I wrote was the one all about my Dad. He died just over four years ago and I still miss him terribly so it was nice to tell everyone else how wonderful he was.
*On reviewing patterns and fave categories...*
SusanLesley: I enjoy writing about places that I have visited whether towns, attractions or cafes and also any products that I use that I find really good or really bad so that I can pass on the information. That way my fellow dooyooers can benefit from my finds and avoid my mistake buys!
*dooyoo over the next decade...*
MALU: May the site thrive and prosper and one day become the No 1!
SusanLesley: If things remain as good and efficient as they are now I can see myself writing reviews for many years to come!
10 Years of dooyoo: Interview with a dooyoo Guru
10/12/2009 - (10:30 AM)
Not one of the most prolific writers on the site, but certainly one of the most full of personality, clownfoot has been part of the dooyooCommunity since 2001. We got in touch with him to find out what he thinks of the site, and were treated to some very humourous answers indeed, and some interesting ideas too!
dooyooTeam: You've been with us almost since the beginning - how has dooyoo improved over the last 10 years?
clownfoot: It's got quicker, no doubt. I remember when it creaked a bit getting from one page to another before crashing like a ZX81. Luckily they managed to get a technician in whose abilities went beyond crayons and papier-mâché and a super website just got that little bit faster and better. It really hasn't looked back, and I can count the number of times I've ever had technical difficulties accessing the site easily on the back of my webbed feet.
More importantly, the growing face of dooyoo, the hands on approach of the admin and the development of the community side of things really makes the site stand out against its rivals. There's been so many little enhancements over the years that have improved the site for the better, for both the long term user and newbies alike. That's kind of why I'm still here - I like what's been done to the site over the intervening years!
dooyooTeam: Now that's what we like to hear! What was the most memorable review you read or wrote on dooyoo?
clownfoot: I'd say the most memorable reviews have been those that have actually encouraged me to read/watch/play something I'd not previously heard about. Luckily for the reviewers in question all such purchases have turned out to be winners, so I haven't needed to hobble them!
Of my own reviews, I'm hoping the Fahrenheit 451 stands out. Took some headbanging against the keyboard to pull the threads of that one together, but I'm happy that it gets the points I'm attempting to make across to the reader. Ideally, I hope it's encouraged others to seek out Ray Bradbury's finest contribution to science fiction. Because it's awesome!
dooyooTeam: Do you think your reviewing patterns have changed since you first started out?
clownfoot: Not really, I'm still very much a movie and gaming reader/reviewer. They're the hobbies that keep me in the firm grip of procrastination, so of course they'll always be an immediate attraction. I certainly won't be reading or writing any food reviews in the future - utterly tedious bobbins!
dooyooTeam: What do you imagine for the next 10 years of dooyoo?
clownfoot: Hopefully [dooyoo] maintains the little tweaks it makes to the site every now and then, although I would err on the side of caution and don't go about fixing what isn't broken. Of course where things are broken, please fix - such as raising the word limit for a Premium Review to 300 words! And, perhaps in ten years time, everyone on the site today is still in the best of health and spirits. I'll certainly give my liver a drink to that!
10 Years of dooyoo: The dooyooTeam!
09/12/2009 - (12:21 PM)
Silke and Nick share a laugh while Anne is decidedly enamoured with her delicious dooyoo-green cupcake. In the second row some of the dooyooTeam guys demonstrate a couple of creative ways to consume their cakes.
10 Years of Great Community: Celebrated dooyooers
09/12/2009 - (12:03 PM)
For the last decade we've been continually blown away by the quality and expertise of some members' reviews, as well as their ongoing support and commitment to the site. So, it's only appropriate that this week, in the lead up to the official dooyoo 10th Anniversary on the 16th of December, that we highlight some of our fabulous long-standing members! Of course it was extremely difficult to choose only five members for this special edition of the Celebrated dooyooers of the Week, since we are lucky enough to have many excellent members who are still with us from right at the beginning. One of our most prolific, popular, and passionate dooyooers, and also a long-serving member of the dooyooCommunity Guides team, is the ever-energetic and supremely talented plipplop - a true dooyoo stalwart. Another of the Guides and highly commited dooyooers is the delightfully quirky shroud, not only is she our resident expert on all things manga and Japanese anime, she's also full of great tips on child development and education products, and an outstanding book reviewer to top it all off! Another multi-talent is karenuk, who's been with us from just about the very dawn of the dooyoo age and has been keeping us coming back for more and more of her engaging and informative film and book reviews - plus she writes her own poetry!
Joining only a couple of months after Karen, tommy7 has been an ever increasing (and very welcome) presence on dooyoo, particularly this year, giving us some top quality media reviews - for example, take a look at his review of the U2 360 Tour. It's not all about quantity though, although we do love those members who consistently share their thoughts with us on dooyoo, it's also great to see the members who keep coming back, even after relatively long breaks. In his almost nine years in the dooyooCommunity pookie_rabbit has written some superb reviews in categories as diverse as Travel, Software, and Audio / HiFi - definitely a member that we're hoping to see even more reviews from in the future.
Thanks to all of you dooyooers from us here at dooyoo HQ for your contributions to the site, and especially to our long-standing members - thanks for 10 years of dooyooCommunity!
10 Years of dooyoo: Interview with a dooyoo Guru
08/12/2009 - (02:08 PM)
As promised, we have been busy interviewing some of our most long-standing dooyooers, to find out what they think about the site, how it’s changed, and where it’s headed. For our first interview with a dooyoo Guru, we got in touch with the delightful Miss Calypte. Take a look…
Calypte: Happy birthday, dooyoo! Wow - has it really been 10 years? Congrats :)
dooyooTeam: Thanks! You've been on dooyoo almost a decade - what keeps you coming back for more?
Calypte: I just love writing, and dooyoo has given me a practical outlet, an audience and instant feedback, and some great friends along the way!
dooyooTeam: How has dooyoo changed or improved over the last 10 years?
Calypte: I've seen such a lot of changes, such as payments for posting reviews disappearing and then coming back again recently. The standards of writing have increased hugely over that time, too. I look back at my early efforts and cringe, but people were still giving me Very Usefuls at the time. It gave me such a buzz and incentive to keep writing, so I do feel a bit sad for new writers now getting stricter ratings, but on the other hand I think ratings should be genuine. That said, I'm glad to see the trend of quantity over all having been reversed of
dooyooTeam: Have your reviewing patterns or favourite categories changed since you joined the dooyooCommunity?
Calypte: I've never been the most prolific of opinionators, with my output levels rising and falling a lot over the years - I'm always lurking in the background though! My favourite category has always been Books (which I guided for several years!), followed by Movies and Fashion & Beauty - things I can read about and instantly go and try for myself! More recently I've tried my hand in a few more 'alien' categories, including my first ever travel review! It's good to stretch yourself.
dooyooTeam: Absolutely! What do you imagine for the next 10 years of dooyoo?
Calypte: I'm just looking forward to it still being here!
10 Years of dooyoo: A Decade of Great Community!
07/12/2009 - (10:07 AM)
This month is a very exciting time for us here at dooyoo HQ - the 16th of December marks the 10th Anniversary of dooyoo! That's right, consumers have now been using dooyoo to make better purchasing decisions for a whole decade, and we couldn't have done it without you, the dooyooCommunity!
It's because of the excellent, unbiased, and independent reviews that you dooyooers post on the site that consumers keep using dooyoo. We believe that the dooyooCommunity is unique in its depth of reviewing talent and expertise, the variety of different members and different opinions, and the commitment of our core members. As part of our celebrations for the 10th Anniversary of dooyoo, we're going to be introducing some of our most long-standing and committed dooyooers and asking them about their dooyoo experience, so look out for those interviews.
There will be more about this momentous occasion to follow, but in the meantime here's a glimpse inside the madness of dooyoo HQ as we had our in-house celebrations of 10 years of dooyoo!
-Elise & Hal
Cupcake times are happy times for the Community Team!
Christmas Shopping Tips: Round Two
04/12/2009 - (02:41 PM)
With the second advent Sunday coming up, and now less than three weeks to Christmas, we thought you dooyooers may appreciate an update on some Christmas shopping ideas and trends.
First up, it seems we were right about the whole digital camera thing - the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S930 has shot to the top of the charts to become the most popular product on dooyoo this week. The Olympus X-42 and Samsung ST500 have also been popular choices. If your loved one is into more advanced photography, you may want to browse through the Photo Accessories or Photographic Flash categories, there's plenty in there to get any photography enthusiast's heart beating a little faster!
If you're feeling a bit swamped by the sheer number of different toys and games for children these days, allow us to help point you in the right direction... The Dyson Toy Vacuum Cleaner is popular with both consumers and the dooyooCommunity, plus it has been proven to help turn fun-loving toddlers into well-behaved teenagers who always clean up after themselves (ok, we made up that last bit, but it's worth a try isn't it?). Fisher Price is always a respected brand, and the Big Action Garage is currently their most sought after product. For slightly older children, the VTech My Laptop comes highly recommended, as does the Chad Valley Cash Register.
Games don't have to be only for the children though, in fact it seems that Board Games are making a bit of a comeback at the moment. Think about it - they're social, they're fun, and they're affordable - perfect! The old classics, Scattegories and Pictionary, remain the most common choices, followed by Pay Day, Upwords, and Disney Monopoly.
Still feeling the pressure? Check out these members' tips for hassle free Christmas shopping. Have a great weekend!
Crown of the Day
03/12/2009 - (02:23 PM)
Today's Crown of the Day, The Very DAB, is an early entry in this month's Monthly Competition in the Audio / HiFi category. Rosebud2001 introduces us to the simple and cost efficient Sony CMT-EH45 DAB and reports that this Hifi System passed almost all of the usability and performance tests that were thrown at it. All in all it sounds like an affordable, entry-level system, and possibly a handy Christmas shopping tip - check it out!
Celebrated dooyooers of the Week!
02/12/2009 - (02:03 PM)
Each week we like to celebrate members who are dooyooing great stuff on the site. Jake Speed is up first, they’re always bringing top notch reviews to the table, and along with longstanding member IainWear, these dooyooers have a superb selection of reviews that cover a wide variety of Books, DVDs and Music Albums. Puggers is also busy in the DVD section, and if you or someone you know has ever thought of teaching English abroad, his review, A World of Opportunities, is excellent reference material for someone looking to take the leap. If you are the kind of person more likely to look for Fashion & Beauty recommendations, prettypolly40 has plenty of those. She has written an abundance of high quality reviews over the last 6 months and they are definitely worth a look before deciding on any Make Up purchases. That just leaves the final member of this week’s fab five, azana, one of our many lovely Guides. It's hard to pin her down to one specific category. Whether it be Kids & Family, Household Appliances, Books or Sightseeing, you name she's done it, but one thing that does remain consistent is the quality of her reviews. Thanks guys!
November Competition Winners!
01/12/2009 - (01:53 PM)
The start of a new month means the end of the last month's dooyoo competitions. Last month was a veritable information feast for all parents and young families, with the focus on the Kids & Family category. We were mightily pleased with the number of excellent quality entries, and in the end settled on three reviews from three top notch dooyoo reviewers... Congratulations to noodlesandwich, Hishyeness, and sandemp! For the full info and our praise of these reviews, take a look at the Competitions page.
Receiving the award for Review of the Month in November was bamamo for her fantastic review, Read all about it!, of the Sony Reader Digital Book PRS505S. The review answered all the questions we had about this product, and well and truly convinced us that this would make a great gift this Christmas, especially for those who are often on the go, or whose pay packets can't quite keep up with their book wishlists!
Turning our attention to the current month, we're looking for your reviews in the Audio / HiFi category, so start thinking about which product you're going to review this month for your chance to win glory, honour, and of course bonus dooyooMiles!
Crown of the Day
30/11/2009 - (12:06 PM)
Great_reviewer07 has been on a bit of a roll lately, first taking out Review of the Month honours in October, and now earning herself a Crown of the Day! The Simplehuman Sensor Soap Pump is a hands free way to dispense soap in the home, and according to Great_reviewer07 it’s a great little gadget for the bathroom or kitchen. With the fear of virus outbreaks still fresh in many peoples minds, it seems like this product is set to become more and more popular, especially since it looks good, it’s easy to use and fun for kids, perhaps it could even make a nifty gift for the more hygiene conscious amongst us! But don’t take our word for it, check out today’s winning review, Don’t Drop The Soap, to see for yourself.
Christmas Alarm Bells Start Jingling: First Advent
27/11/2009 - (02:20 PM)
This may come as a shock to some, who prefer to put off thinking about the hectic lead up to Christmas for as long as possible, but this Sunday, 29 November, is the first Advent! That means there are only four weeks until Christmas, so unless you enjoy increasing your stress (and blood pressure) levels with a mad dash of Christmas shopping right before the big day, we suggest it might be time to start giving some thought to Christmas preparations. Of course one of the more time-consuming elements is always gift-buying, so to help you out with that we're keeping you up to date on the latest gift trends on dooyoo.
The X-Rocker Gaming Chair is a fabulous gift for any game enthusiasts, and has shot up the ranks this week to become the site's most popular product! Ironically though, the most in-demand game at the moment is one that will (hopefully) have you leaping out of your chair rather than relaxing back into it - get rockin' with Guitar Hero: World Tour Band Bundle!
A digital camera is a great gift for just about anyone these days, and the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S930 is a popular and affordable choice. Plus it comes in a range of colours, so you can satisfy just about any taste! Only slightly less on-trend, but still a well-rated and even more well-priced camera, is the Fujifilm Finepix A170. Or, for the kids, there's the extremely popular VTech Kidizoom: Multimedia Digital Camera, a product which is shaping up to be one of the absolute must-haves for the children this year.
Another great guys-or-girls option, especially those who aren't really into gadgets, is a new Fragrance. The hottest fragrances right now? Check out Chanel: Coco Mademoiselle for the ladies, and Paul Smith: London for the gentleman... That sounds like a sweet-smelling Christmas to us!
Aside from Christmas shopping though, we wish all dooyooers a happy and safe weekend, whether you're celebrating the first Advent or not.
Celebrated dooyooers of the Week
27/11/2009 - (10:53 AM)
We hope you've already checked out the dooyooTeam profile to see which members we're loving this week. In case you missed it though, allow us to make the introductions... First up is NemoDog, who's obviously balancing her time on dooyoo with a lot of outdoorsy activities; she has top of the line advice to offer on many products in the Sports category. Clara29 is on the list this week for being awarded her first ever Crown, congratulations! One step further along the line, sarahhhx earned her second Crown with her excellent review, Goodbye Dark Circles! in the Make Up category. Stevek181 is quick on the uptake and a very promising Film reviewer to boot, a great addition to the dooyooCommunity. Nykied has obviously been paying attention to what it is that consumers want most, and has written two great reviews recently in popular categories; Digital Cameras and Telephones. Fab reviewing all, we here at dooyoo HQ love your work!
Crown of the Day
25/11/2009 - (10:46 AM)
This month's Monthly Competition category, as you all hopefully know by now, is Kids & Family, and we've already seen some excellent reviews posted about prams, maternity aids and baby toys. Today's Crown of the Day is in another family-friendly category; Baby Carriers. The Baby Bjorn Baby Carrier is an extremely popular choice for parents these days it seems, and is also highly rated by the dooyooCommunity, but what happens when your little bundle of joy grows into a slightly bigger bundle? No one wants to be struggling with back strain as a new parent, which is where noodlesandwich's new review of the LittleLife Traveller Child Carrier comes in. The review, called Carry Me Back(pack) describes the LittleLife carrier as a great way to keep your hands free (baby rides on the back rather than the front), a more comfortable way to carry slightly older children, and a generally light and affordable option. Definitely a review for all parents of young children, take a look!
Crown of the Day!
23/11/2009 - (11:38 AM)
Today’s Crown of the Day is stuartnaven’s very first review on dooyoo! HTC Hero - A living, breathing star of a Smart Phone, is two thousand four hundred and ninety nine words of pure review gold and could not be overlooked as today’s winner. Over the last few months the HTC Hero Mobile Phone has had some very favourable reviews written about it and stuartnaven’s review similarly paints this model in a very positive light. The review is saturated with personal experience and covers all the phones basics such as calling and texting. What appears to make this model shine are the numerous special features it has: the abundance of widgets, an 'oleophobic' screen coating, and the new google Android operating system. Great work stuartnaven a well deserved Crown!
World Television Day: Lovin' The Square-Eyes
20/11/2009 - (12:56 PM)
Feeling a little pooped from the working week? Can't quite face the bad weather to head out on the town tonight? Well, here's the perfect justification for a cosy night in - it's World Television Day!
Our four-cornered friends have come a long way since they first became commercially available in the 1930s, and we can be sure that the families gathered around the tiny black and white set in those days would have been absolutely gob-smacked by the sheer size and array of LCD and Plasma TVs on the market today. Indeed there are so many options that it can be rather bewildering when trying to decide on a new model. The dooyoo TV Buying Guide will give you a great introduction, and then of course there's the thousands of your consumer reviews on specific models that give that invaluable individual experience.
So tonight we recommend throwing on your Slanket, getting the popcorn popping, and settling in for a relaxed night of your favourite shows. Have a great weekend dooyooers!
Crown of the Day
19/11/2009 - (10:52 AM)
Today's Crown of the Day is one for all those on the hunt for seriously glamorous hair "with as much volume as Amy Winehouse's beehive". Reviewer ld75454 reports that the Tigi S Factor Body Booster Plumping Spray "really does work to liven up and give you a full bodied bounce whilst also giving high shine", which sounds like something everyone would want! If your curiosity has been piqued, take a look at the excellent review, A Hair-Raising Experience!, it has all the information you'll need including application, recommendation, and loads of personal opinion.
Celebrated dooyooers of the Week
18/11/2009 - (02:09 PM)
We always love to see new faces in the dooyooCommunity, especially when they're accompanied by top quality reviews. We strongly recommend you keep an eye on promising new member MrBertie; his first two reviews have both picked up Crowns! Of course our enthusiasm for the newbies does not diminish our appreciation of the long-term dooyooers, such as the well-travelled katygriff, who impressed us this week with her excellent reviews of all things San Francisco. Luckyarchers has been with dooyoo even longer, and is still knocking our socks off with her outstanding Printed Books reviews. Magenta23 was awarded her fifth Crown this week for a great review of the new Robbie Williams album Reality Killed the Video Star. Finally, LadyAudley has been very busy on the site of late after a bit of a break, and we're thrilled to see her reviews in the Sports, Health, and Make Up categories, amongst others. Thanks for all your contributions to the dooyooCommunity!
Popular Products: Early Christmas Ideas?
17/11/2009 - (03:45 PM)
The most popular product this week is, for the first time in ages, NOT a laptop! Visitors to the site have been directing their attention towards the LCD TV category, and, to be more specific, the LG M2262D. If any of you dooyooers happen to have this flash-looking TV we'd love to hear from you - we're still waiting for some reviews on this product! The same goes for the next product on the list, the Packard Bell iXtreme, come on dooyooers we want to hear from you!
The cold weather must definitely be upon us, with Electric Blankets coming in right at the top of the charts. Shoppers looking for electric blankets would also do well to take a look at the Morphy Richards All Night Heated Underblanket, which comes highly recommended by Nar2, or perhaps the Dreamland Soft Fleece Heated Under Blanket.
In the ever-popular Photography category the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S930 is still attracting a very healthy amount of attention from digital camera shoppers. The Samsung ST500 is another popular one this week, as well as the Fujifilm Finepix J30.
A new addition to the list, and an excellent gift idea for gamers, is the X-Rocker Gaming Chair. Speaking of games, albeit of a rather different kind, the old classic, Scattergories, is the first board game in a while to make it onto the charts. Christmas must be on the way!
In fact, it seems that quite a few grown-ups have started the hunt for festive goodies for their little ones. The Fisher Price Big Action Garage, Dyson Toy Vacuum Cleaner, and VTech Kidizoom: Multimedia Digital Camera were all very popular in the last week. We'll keep you updated on the latest trends as the holidays approach, so stay tuned!
Crown of the Day
16/11/2009 - (01:12 PM)
If you have ever wondered what Xbox Live is exactly, or if you just fancy reading a high quality review, we recommend checking out the Crown of the Day, Xbox Live - its another world. Craggybuk has written an insightful little review of Xbox Live's 12 Month Subscription Plan, and he covers the basics, looking at the differences between Silver and Gold memberships and comparing it to some of the other major competitors out there, all the while including a healthy dose of personal experience and opinion! Whether you're a n00b to the world of online gaming or a level 100 dungeon master, we're sure this review will be a valuable resource for you. Congratulations Craggybuk!
Crown of the Day
13/11/2009 - (12:57 PM)
The Braun Oral-B Vitality Precision Clean, in the Electric Toothbrush category, must be pretty good - it has recently received nothing but rave reviews from the dooyooCommunity. Winner of today's Crown of the Day, Whizz11 is no exception, giving the product five out of five stars in her review Electric Brushing! So if "cleaner, whiter teeth" are what you're after, we recommend taking a close look at this review, and the Braun electric toothbrushes.
Crown of the Day
12/11/2009 - (10:04 AM)
First thing in the morning, what better category to browse through than Espresso Machines - and to top it all off, we came across one particular stand-out review from Nibelung! So allow us to introduce today's excellent Crown of the Day, DeLonghi and DeShort of it. And if you're still feeling somewhat sleepy this morning, you'll be glad to hear that the DeLonghi Bar 14 Café Treviso is cheap, produces good coffee, and is easy to operate. We can practically smell that Illy Coffee now...
Celebrated dooyooers of the Week
11/11/2009 - (12:23 PM)
Another week, another round of top quality dooyooers for us to celebrate! Fuzzy_Duck kicks off the celebrations, earning their first Crown this week for the excellent review A Super Duper Hoover! Next on the list is davidbuttery, who has been very busy indeed of late, giving us great reviews in the Music and Computer categories, amongst a variety of others. Micksheff on the other hand prefers to concentrate on his speciality, the Sightseeing National category - he's proven he's the master of that particular domain, being awarded the most Crowns of all time in the UK / Ireland Guide category! Recent dooyoo convert powerball has made an outstanding start on the site, already taking out a Crown of the Day for her review in the Small Kitchen Electrical category. Last but not least, moo2moo makes this week's list for her informative and very timely review of the Eko-mania Heavy Duty Paper Log Maker. Great work all, and thanks for being part of the dooyooCommunity!
Crown of the Day
11/11/2009 - (10:58 AM)
If you're the type of camper that resists packing away your gear when the summer comes to an end, then today's Crown of the Day review will be essential reading for you! LadyAudley gives the Rab Quantum 400 Sleeping Bag a respectable four stars in her excellent review Quantum theory! Light and warm the Rab Quantum is suitable for use in temperatures down to -7 (anyone camping in lower temperatures gets a massive hat-tip from the dooyooTeam!), comes in various sizes to ensure the perfect fit, and while not readily washable, has an easy wipe surface. Take a look at this and other products in the dooyoo camping equipment category, and if you're an outdoorsy type don't forget to tell us all about your favourite camping equipment too!
Crowns of the Day...!
09/11/2009 - (01:31 PM)
We've had a difficult time choosing the Crown of the Day today, there were several outstanding reviews all vying for top honours and in the end it was too difficult to choose just one, so we've narrowed it down to the top two!
First up is powerball! She has reviewed the B&Q Compact Dehumidifier WDH-610HA and has done an excellent job of it. After owning 'several dehumidifiers of different shapes and sizes' you would expect her to be up to the task, and her review Something in the air tonight is very good indeed. If you are finding that cold dampness creeping into your home, a dehumidifier could be the answer, and we strongly recommend reading this review.
Sharing the award today is luigi0778. He has a knack for writing superb reviews, and this time he's had a good look at the OBaby Zezu Pramette & Infant Car Seat. If I was a baby, I would want to be seen in this!!!!!!! is really well constructed and he takes his time examining the various features, while providing plenty of personal opinion along the way - most definitely worth reading if you are in the market for a new pram, pushchair or stroller.
Thanks guys, and congratulations!
Crown of the Day
06/11/2009 - (11:26 AM)
We loved today's Crown of the Day because it introduces us to an incredibly simple, but, by the sounds of things, wonderfully helpful product - the My Buggy Buddy Clip. We can imagine that this handy clip could have numerous applications, but it's designed for use with a pram, stroller or pushchair to allow you to hang your extra bags onto the handles. We're sure this is far more convenient than having them hanging off every free arm, shoulder, and hand you've got or getting squashed in the basket under the pram! Oioiyou gives a perfect description of exactly how and why this very affordable little clip is so useful in her review No! I will not hold your... It's a must read for all parents of young children.
p.s. This great review is already in the running to win the Monthly Competition in the Kids & Family category this month, don't forget to get your entries in!
Crown of the Day
05/11/2009 - (04:01 PM)
As our dooyooCommunity Guide for Household Appliances, azana says herself that she reads a lot of reviews of toasters. Her observation was that it's not as easy as it may seem to find a truly good toaster - our observation is that all that reading has obviously helped her figure out exactly what makes a review in this category as useful as can be! This excellent Crown of the Day gives a rather favourable account of the Dualit 20333, although with some reservations, and is a thorough, balanced, and extremely useful review - take a look!