I’ve had a busy past couple of weeks, and I’ve fallen behind on writing blog posts as a result! To ease back into it, here’s a short post about a new website I’ve encountered, Youpine.
Now, as readers of this blog know, I love writing and reading full-length book reviews. However, sometimes I want to check out a book quickly without sifting through several people’s opinions. That’s why I’m intrigued by the concept of this site. Rather than aggregating star ratings and written reviews, it puts together lists of descriptive adjectives to form a quick snapshot of what a book is like. These descriptions are submitted as lists of adjectives from the users of the website. Rather than seeing whether or not the reviewer liked the book, we see their impression of the actual contents. This is great because individual preferences make it so that a good book for one might be awful for another.
The catch is that it’s a very new website with few users as of right now, and so a lot of books (and movies!) remain without any reviews at all, let alone a meaningful consensus. If you’re interested in this site, I recommend checking it out and helping to build it up a bit more. If you review books regularly, you can do what I did and pull relevant adjectives from your already written reviews to describe books.
What do you think of this idea? Is it an innovation; is it competition to WordPress bloggers; is it a useless idea? Tell me in the comments!
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