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BBC.co.uk

BBC.co.uk

8/10/18

A basic news website, with surprisingly thin coverage, even of UK news.
The news is given in no detail, but is inclined to exaggerate the "news" value of its reports. It seems politically neutral, but in fact it reports the mainstream, and avoids anything controversial. A lot of the reports are banal and you wonder how it ever got passed by an editor.
This is not a newspaper site. If you want journalism go elsewhere. If you want stuff that is short and easy to read, go to the bbc.

YouTube

YouTube

8/10/18

I'm on you tube all the time. It's got some great producers in the things I like watching, and there is some useful educational material.
The ads are annoying, since they interrupt the viewing, and are never interesting.
I like the way the site seems to feed me with new videos, and a lot of it isn't wrong. There's some Junk on there too, not always linked to the number of likes or views. But that's the downside of the web. Mostly it's very positive. I don't need a TV anymore.

Cricinfo.com

Cricinfo

8/10/18

If you love cricket, you need to consult this site every day. The normal sports pages of the newspaper websites are largely useless. Cric info has everything which is current news, but also old news too.
I'd like a more comprehensive video section, for which I have to go on Youtube, but the reporting and the layout is superb.

Sbi.com

Sbi

8/10/18

I'm not an expert webmaster, but this isn't SBI's fault, it's mine. However, I'm a half competent webmaster, and I started from zero, and this is entirely due to SBI.
The technical assistance is very expert and very complete. I'm very proud of what I've learned, and I'm annoyed I don't have time to go deeper into SBI to learn more about the technical side of the web.
Whatever , it's a lot of fun, and very educational, and a website that is remarkably free of trash and time-wasting.

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor

8/9/18

As an owner Trip Advisor doesn't help you one bit. They allow you to publish a minimum of info ( compared to airbnb or similar), and I found the calendar doesn't work. There is no Customer Service to speak of. It's all pre-recorded, and all based on keywords. It's the worst of what a computer driven world looks like.
However, the traveller seems to like the complexity , and completeness of info for planning entire trips. That means that the owner becomes quite a small part of the attraction of the website, and this leads to a minimalistic presentation of our rooms.
I like the way the traveller is encouraged to make contact, but this is a slow and unreliable way of taking bookings. With some travellers it works, with many others it costs you a lot of patience and careful explaining to get things done.

Airbnb.fr

Airbnb.fr

8/10/18

I and my friends have been keen on airbnb for some time. It seems to be an ethical website, that has to play more and more dirty to compete with competitors such as Booking.com, both as a guest and a host. Booking.com is an example of our world, and all that is wrong with it. The whole website is designed to give essential "moneymaking" information to a surfer, and to manipulate this information, in order to get a booking achieved in the shortest possible time. Its main goal is to make money fast. Unfortunately airbnb has suffered a lot from intense competition and has been forced to go down this route, by making its website more instantaneous and efficient.
What I like about airbnb is that the comments are on a two-way basis - both the hosts and the travellers comment. This is how all webpages should be set up. There is more honesty and transparency and accurate reporting on airbnb. For this reason, I'd recommend that the seasoned traveller or tourist use airbnb, simply because the traveller experience is put out there as one of the priorities, rather than simply booking fast, or making money.


Errors do get made. Descriptions and marks get falsified. Customer information is stored and misused. Neither the host, nor the guest has any real recourse on anything that goes on. Customer Service is carried out by a team of people who have a minumum real time experience of booking and hotelling themselves, and all they do is placate the Customer until he gets tired.

Booking.com

Booking.com

8/9/18

I and my friends are big users of Booking.com, both as a guest and a host. This is an example of our world, and all that is wrong with it. The whole website is designed to give essential "moneymaking" information to a surfer, and to manipulate this information, in order to get a booking achieved in the shortest possible time. Its main goal is to make money fast.
Some people will love Booking.com. These will be the people who want a room fast, and want fairly accurate marks and descriptions, but in fact we now know that the surfer only really looks at the photos. They want the price to correspond to the photos they see. The website works well on this level, and bookings can indeed be achieved fast.
But many errors get made. Descriptions and marks get falsified. Customer information is stored and misused. Neither the host, nor the guest has any real recourse on anything that goes on. Customer Service is carried out by a team of people who have no real time experience of booking and hotelling themselves, and all they do is placate the Customer until he gets tired.

The Guardian

The Guardian

8/10/18

I used to read newspapers, and this time has now gone. I never read The Guardian in paper copy, but I found my way onto it online by being linked onto a couple of articles. They were quite original, and between times I've started to read certain pages regularly.
It's definitely a paper with political leanings, but is not particularly politically aggressive. It allows people to make up their own minds. However, it is for that very reason an annoying site. The reporting is far too politically correct, uncommitted, unresearched and unrepresentative. There are huge areas which seem to go under the radar, such as the environment, or business, or social issues or anything technical. Then you go onto a comments page, which is often the first page I open, and if you trawl through, you'll find some quite smart people, who maybe should be doing the reporting in the first place.
I have to back up my reading from more heavyweight journals. The Guardian is very lightweight, but it is a "news" website, and I haven't yet found a better alternative.

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