Originally posted on the Review Signal Blog
I was a pretty unsatisfied consumer. There are so many review sites and so few that I actually trust. Other than my few trusted review sites which covered very specific topics, I was lost and confused about who to trust for information. Asking friends only went so far and people often give conflicting opinions. I searched what a lot of people were saying but there was no easy way to find any sort of consensus. There were always questions, and I often felt like I didn't have enough information to make a good decision.
It was a year and a half ago, I had just finished my Master's thesis about using Twitter data to predict box office sales for movies based on word of mouth. Then, it occurred to me, we don't write reviews, we talk with friends. Reviews are embedded into our every day conversations, and every single person on earth does it. We talk about what we like and dislike but it doesn't happen to be written in 'review' format. What if I could collect that data and make sense of it all?
I am proud to introduce Review Signal: a new kind of review site based on what people really think.
Our goals are simple:
Be transparent about where each opinion comes from and source it to the original location
Define very clearly how things are rated in an easy to understand way
Review Signal has been launched covering our first market: web hosting reviews. We've gathered a list of some of the most popular web hosting companies and collected over 50,000 opinions expressed about them. We've analyzed them and even broken down some important and hard-to-measure values such as how satisfied people are with the support offered by a company.
Web hosting is just the start. We would love to review everything, but we're also realistic about what we can do and how fast we can do it. We will expand to other niches as fast as we can while still maintaining our strict quality standards. If there is some market you're unhappy with and think we can make a difference, we would love to hear from you! We also look forward to any and all feedback, suggestions, ideas and criticisms. Contact us.