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I doo think Dooyoo is a great idea
dooyoo.co.uk in general
Member Name: RPH1991
dooyoo.co.uk in general
Date: 29/10/09, updated on 29/10/09 (38 review reads)
Advantages: Improves reading & writing skills, earn money
Disadvantages: Some members may write half-hearted reviews just for the money
I came across Dooyoo by chance a while ago, whilst searching for reviews of a particular product. I went on to read a bit more about Dooyoo, shortly before signing myself up and joining the community. A lot of people will simply sign up with the aim of banging out hundreds of reviews in order to earn money. Although the money is an incentive, its not necessarily the most pleasing aspect of Dooyoo. In this short review I will cover what I feel are the main reasons for using Dooyoo, and the possible drawbacks.
I find reviewing products quite satisfying as it allows to to release my true feelings and inner thoughts on that item/subject, without having to keep them to myself. My rule for reviewing products is that you shouldn't review it if you have to keep stopping to think of things to write about, your inner thoughts should just roll out onto the screen.
Also, I have found using Dooyoo to be good for my English skills, as writing a review, which includes positives, negatives and many opinions easier to structure than before I started. I suppose reading through other peoples reviews works the brain as well, whilst learning about another product (or at least the author's take on it).
The capability of leaving comments on other peoples reviews is a good feature, as it allows you to ask any questions to the author which perhaps weren't answered in the review. It is also a good way to give constructive criticism to the author, perhaps suggesting ways they could improve the content or structure of the review.
I guess a negative of Dooyoo, as I mentioned earlier, is that people are solely in it for the money, therefore writing a half-hearted review which will benefit nobody. However, this is where rating other peoples reviews comes in handy. For example, if you are looking through reviews of products and you notice that the Dooyoo community have rated a review as "Unhelpful", you are most likely to avoid reading that particular one, which means that the author won't receive their 3p that one receives when their review is read by another Dooyoo member. Remember, writing a good quality review could earn you a crown, which I think works out at the equivalent of £1.50.
When writing regular, and good quality reviews, the money will build up. This will be a nice surprise when you discover you have enough to redeem for money/vouchers, or kindly donate to charity. A slight downer is that if you want to redeem your "Dooyoo miles" in cash form, you will need to earn 50,000miles. However, this gives you something to look forward to and in the end makes writing reviews even more worthwhile.
I suppose another drawback for me is that at times a can be somewhat addicted to my Dooyoo account page, and find myself logging on several times a day to see If I have received any comments/views on any of my reviews.
Summary: A well presented website that makes writing reviews fun and easy