All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Reviews’

Yelp Reviews Ruled Free Speech Until Proven Defamatory. Right Call?

Last month, in a case of free speech vs. business reputation, a Virginia judge ordered Yelp (and Angie’s List) user Jane Perez to change negative reviews on the sites, which cast a contractor as a thief. The contractor, Christopher Dietz (of Dietz Development), sued Perez for $750,000 in damages in a defamation case, claiming to have lost business (as much …

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Restaurant Plays Peeing Patrons Their Negative Yelp Reviews

Online reviews have been pissing off restauranteurs for many years now, and Yelp is one of the biggest offenders. I feel their pain – I mean, some woman gets in a fight with her boyfriend and then has one cold fry at your burger joint and she goes on to pen an epic teardown of your establishment that’s on record …

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Google Play Is Now No Country for Anonymous Reviewers

If you prefer to hide behind the veil of anonymity when posting reviews, Google Play is probably not the place for you anymore. In a move that will pretty much wipe Google Play of nameless, faceless feedback, Google is now forcing reviewers to log in in order to post. When users post a review for an app, movie, album, or …

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That Hilarious Guy Fieri Restaurant Review Has Over 45,000 Facebook Shares

In what has to be one of the most viral reviews of all time, a New York Times restaurant review has hit a ridiculous number of shares on Facebook. Today, the social network announced that “As Not Seen on TV,” the uncompromising teardown of Guy Fieri’s new Times Square restaurant, has over 45,000 shares across the site. I know I’ve …

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Google Shopping Gets Your Friends Involved

Google announced a couple of new features for Google Shopping today: the ability to read reviews from people you know, and the ability to share your reviews. “Now you can now easily see if someone you’ve connected with on Google has reviewed a product that is in your Google Shopping search results,” says product manager Karen Corby. “When you click …

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Yelp Adds Restaurant Menus With User-Uploaded Photos

Yelp is rolling out a new Menus feature, which compiles visual menus along with Yelp reviews and user-uploaded food pictures. These will be accessible from business pages, on the website and the Yelp app. You can find them under “Explore the Menu”. “Specifics on menu items, like description and price, will match up with Yelp’s user generated photos and reviews …

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Yelp Acquires Qype, Shares Preliminary Q3 Financial Results

Yelp has acquired European reviews site Qype. Yelp has acquired all of Qype’s shares, for about €18.6 million and 970,000 shares of Yelp’s Class A common stock, bringing the total purchase price to about $50 million USD. Qype is based in Germany, but also has operations in the UK, and Yelp notes that the acquisition will be recorded in its …

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Yelp Slaps Consumer Alerts On Business Pages For Those Who Have Paid For Reviews

Yelp announced today that it is now showing warnings to users when they have found businesses that have paid for reviews. If you are looking at such a business on the site, you’ll be greeted with a “Consumer Alert”. This comes with a message that says: “We have caught someone red-handed trying to buy reviews for this business. We weren’t …

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Google Lets You Check Out Users’ Reviews In Google+ Profiles

Google has added a new feature to Google+ where users can see the local businesses that others have reviewed. Under the “About” tab on a user’s profile page, there is now a section called “local,” which will show you how many reviews the user has. You can click through to see the reviews. Google announced the feature in a Google+ …

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Google Adjusts Ratings System For Google+ Local

Google has been rolling out an update to its local ratings system. As you may recall, Google recently made some changes to the system on Google Maps for Android, so users can choose between Poor/Fair, Good, Very Good, and Excellent. A similar system is now hitting the desktop experience. Google’s Megan Stevenson posted the following to Google+ on Wednesday: Megan …

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Google Will Not Hesitate To Take Manual Action On Rich Snippet Abuse

As previously reported, Google has updated its Webmaster Guidelines. Part of the update is some new stuff about rich snippets. Google is highlighting these changes specifically in a post on the Webmaster Central blog today. “Once you’ve correctly added structured data markup to you site, rich snippets are generated algorithmically based on that markup,” Google says in the post. “If …

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iPhone 5 Reviews Point to an Apple Home Run

Apple’s new iPhone, despite claims of “boring” and “uninspired” from some detractors on launch day, is receiving some strongly positive reviews across the interwebs. The iPhone 5 will hit stores this Friday, September 21st, but that doesn’t mean you can just stroll down to your local Apple Store and snatch one up whenever you feel like it. If release day …

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