By Luv el 21 November 2008
Opinablogs is the new project of Jordi Perez and his company Brandea Studio.It’s a network of metroblogs with a specific focus on the opinions of the editors about places and businesses of the cities in which these metroblogs operate. The opinions are mainly related to hotels, restaurants, bars and shops. The editors write articles airing their opinion after visiting those places, which makes the site a kind of mix between metroblogs and user opinion sites like 11870.
In its launch, Opinablogs accounts for three city blogs in operation: Lloret, Girona and Ibiza. The plan is to reach 10 metroblogs in a short time and expand with new editors interested in writing about their cities. The editors who offer themselves to create a new Opinablog would be able to set their own pace of publication and will receive a percentage of the profits generated by the blog through advertising.
I think that the idea behind Opinablogs is very interesting. Mixing local information and content generated by the user is a great way to attract users, as people have a need to know real opinions about places they intend to visit. To this, if we add the format of a blog, with which people are increasingly becoming more comfortable, I think Brandea will be doing very well with this project.
By Luv el 16 October 2008
It seems that internet and the world of wines get along very well. Lately, there are a lot of blogs, online shops and social networks proliferating around this theme.
Vinogusto is one of those social networks about wine, which we talked of when it received a round of investment and now is worth talking about for the good results it is showing.
When i see cases such as the growth achieved by Vinogusto, I start thinking that there are internet entrepreneurs who have a kind of sixth sense and are capable of creating winner projects whatever they do. François Derbaix is one of those entrepreneurs who has made it with TopRural and is now helping this project succeed as an investor and advisor.
It’s worth taking a look at Vinogusto because i believe it’s a very good example of a social network with open content, where the users create value mostly through their comments. 100.000 user opinions in the community, a great example of what Jesus Encinar was describing the other day as businesses based on user opinions.
Another aspect that stands out is its simplicity, which in other words we call Usability, and that is the secret to gaining the involvement of basic users through their active participation in a web they find easy to use.
By Luv el 5 September 2008
Beezzer is a project that started in Brazil and it offers its users the possibility to participate in or create communities that revolve around brands and products. The idea is very good, all of us are fans or followers of particular brands and we like to express our opinion about them whenever possible.
Beezzer allows users to create new groups around brands and other users can then join those groups providing comments, suggestions, uploading photos and videos. Each group has an administrator and the users become part of a ranking in function of their participation in the group.
A community like this should be very interesting for the brands. If a group formed around a brand is able to attract a good number of interested people, it could be proactively leveraged by the brand to get the first hand opinion of its most admiring customers, test out new products, etc.
Seen in wwwhatsnew
By Luv el 21 July 2008
For quite some time Lanetro was a portal of reference in Spain, an example to follow for many internet entrepreneurs. Their founders wanted to take it public and then it was acquired by Planeta.
Now Lanetro is going through a profound renewal and it wants to turn itself into a social network based on entertainment in which the users share their experiences and opinions about the places they visit.
In the new Lanetro we will be able to see content generated by an editorial team coexist with user generated content. As in all social networks that are springing up, users can create their profiles, connect with their friends, and express their opinion on the places or events they have been to.
Another important aspect of Lanetro used to be its street map. In this new version of the site, the street map accounts for the records of all the places that are mentioned in the entertainment guide, something that will be of great utility as a complement to the contents of the site.
Lastly, the design of the web is worth a mention, very cool in my opinion and also the profiles of the users that reflect very well the activity of the user within the community. Salir.com and Gentereal.com will have an important competitor in the new Lanetro.
By Javier el 12 December 2007
A few months ago, we talked about the development of a social network of cars, eBuga, which is now operational.
I had a lot of curiosity to know how eBuga was going to be, and to tell you the truth, I really liked it. My congratulations to Edu Bayo and all his team members because they have been able to combine very well many concepts of the Web 2.0 and bring them to the world of motor, which has a good following on the internet.
I think it’s worth it to dedicate some time to see all the functionalities of eBuga. The basis are the specifications and opinions of cars, but apart from that, there is information on car dealers, user info (here’s an example), groups of users and news channel (Digg style).
There’s a lot of information about car specifications, which in my opinion is the best part of the site. We can find information generated by eBuga staff and by users of the site, mostly opinions and reviews which could add a lot of value to the site.
More information in the blog of eBuga.
Vote for eBuga in Loogic Rank.
Read the original article in Spanish.