19 Aug 2006

Editors Blog - new features - more fun! 

Already half way through August, and the nights here are starting to close in. It's only 9:30pm here and already pitch black outside.

A couple of things are happening here and I thought I'd blog about them...

Firstly, as I said last time I wrote, we've now turned on weekly site update emails. These emails will include a summary of the articles, blogs and discussions started in the previous seven days. The first update should be sent this Wednessday (23rd August I think). If you've subscribed to email updates then you should receive that one, if not then why not give it a try?

GadgetSpeak now has a lot of product reviews. Each is filed under an appropriate topic. Finding a specific article is quite easy - just use the search page, which incidently we improved a lot a couple of months back. How do you find other related articles though? Say you're interested in HP printers. You find the first through searching - what then? Well now, we've started to create 'related article' lists. It's a bit of an experiment at the moment, but if you go to one of the products in a list, in the right hand column you'll see a list of Related Product Reviews and you'll be able to click through other reviews.

highly commended award

Back to the HP printer reviews, if for example you'd just read the HP OfficeJet 4315 review, and it's not quite your cup of tea. In the right hand column you'll see links to the HP OfficeJet 4355, HP Photosmart 8050 and others. Is this usefu? Let us know by adding a comment to this blog. We're always interested in your feedback about any aspect of our site.

Finally, many of you will be aware of our 5x5 smiley awards, the most recent of which was awarded to the excellent Canon Ixus 800IS. Well, we've given out only 9 of these awards since they started. That's to be expected, how many of your gadgets are perfect? It seemed a pity though not to have something for those almost perfect gadgets that just missed a 5x5 award. To rectify this we've introduced our 'highly commended' stamp. We've retrospectively awarded this to well regarded products with the result that just over 40 products qualify. Is your favourite in the list? If not then you need to get writing!

I'd also like to encourage you all to help improve GadgetSpeak by writing down your experiences with gadgets. If you'd rather jot your notes down informally then write a blog entry - if you'd like to write a full review then articles are what you want.


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