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Dooyoo - psss I used to work for them in 2000 have things changed?
dooyoo.co.uk in general
Author Name: Acidmouse.com
dooyoo.co.uk in general
Advantages: Still an excellent site for reviews + rewards
Disadvantages: Has it lost some of its community spirit?
Hello and welcome to my review of dooyoo. Well really it is more like a look back on my history and involvement with dooyoo and hopefully an insight into what dooyoo was like when it first started many many moons ago!
I first found dooyoo in 1999/2000 the year I graduated. I was often writing reviews for the site (under a different account, which shall be explained later) it would not be uncommon to get reviews with 500-600 ratings and into the 1000's of views (does this still happen?), I was getting crowns pretty much every week for niche geeky games and websites.
Generally I loved dooyoo and found it a really fresh, a great way to make money. I don't remember the exact amounts paid for reviews but I am willing to bet it was alot higher then it is now! when the site first launched it was so easy to get £50 a week for writing 10-15 reviews, they seemed to be lots of people making huge amounts, I found it kind of unreal but I liked it.
After I graduated I found myself in London and decided to try and find a job, what do you know? Dooyoo were looking for all sorts of people, cat managers, a techy or two to look after the actual website. So I emailed them and the next day was in their offices in Chiswick :) for an interview.
The office was a huge open space building! not like a formal office, everyone seemed to be in the 20's and wearing normal clothes and generally looked very happy. A few people were playing table football and some others tucking into tea and coffee in the corner of the dooyoo space.
I got the job as a tech. type bod and came to work the next day. Great! pay and conditions all sorted very quickly and it seemed the ideal opportunity for me in a dot com (remember around 2000 there was so so much money pumped into dot com companies!)
I travelled from Kent into Dooyoo's Chiswick office, I remember the thing most that suprised me was the fact I was first or second in. It was not that this was early but around 9:45am and it seemed really quiet, maybe dot com's work on a different clock to me? workers would trickle in throughtout the morning and 11am (ish) seemed most popular for a typical dooyoo worker :) not bad. Relaxed would sum up this place.
I met everyone in the place and was soon very relaxed and working away on various tasks the tech guy was teaching me. There did seem alot of people working on Dooyoo then. Category managers, tech guys, marketing people, managers, webmonkeys + the fact they paid out vast amounts of money to their users I was a little shocked at how much this much be costing. I guess the total team for dooyoo in the Uk was 15.
The first day at work we all went out for a meal at dinner (I did say it was relaxed!). I really enjoyed my first week at dooyoo, the passion from the workers for dooyoo and the concept behind it was shining through from the first minute I walked in there. They all seemed very talented and experts in their various fields.
As I was now working for dooyoo I had to delete my old profile that had been so profitable for me. I must have earned 300-400 pounds in a short period of time from dooyoo and working for them was a very pleasent if not surreal dream.
While I was only working for dooyoo for a short period of time, I did start to worry about funding and the long term future for dot coms and dooyoo. Could they maintain the huge costs of staffing levels and the amount of money they paid people to write reviews?
I moved on to a much more dull job where people wore suits and worked very long hours, so I often look back with happiness and visit the dooyoo site, I am grateful it's still going strong! I guess it had to change a bit and it seemed to have streamlined its UK workforce (maybe a year after I left the cull happened) and cut back on how much it pays out but heck its still a cracking deal for us normal punters!
One thing I also remember back in 2000 was the strong community of users and how it seemed a very tight nit community. Often I would be on the 'Unofficial' dooyoo forums where people would be airing their views and generally getting into arguments over users and reviews. All good stuff but not worth getting stressed about.
Summary: Market leader in user driven review/reward site.
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