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Biting the Hand that Feeds Me Lunch

  • Jun 22, 2011
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+3
Okay, here's that odd circumstance where I am being offered something for nothing and whining about it.

As you can probably tell from my rating, I generally like Lunch.com. One of the site owners found my work on Epinions.com and asked me to drop in and give Lunch.com a quick whirl, even offering a little bit of payment as an incentive. With Epinions.com swirling ominously around the suckage drain at the moment, I shrugged and said "Well, why not?" And did I mention Lunch.com paid me to do so? (Really, I felt very honored by the fact that, out of thousands of reviewers on Epinions, someone noticed my work and asked me to come over.)

I am not the most popular reviewer on Epinions, but my work was strong enough for me to be offered a reviewer spot on the independent video game website Netjak, and when Netjak went south, The Examiner came calling. I was very proud to place my work among the pantheon of talented reviewers with Netjak, but The Examiner proved to be a real hellhole. So when it came time for new exposure, my setting up shop on Lunch proved to be a good move when I saw that my reviews were getting over 100 hits within hours on bad days. On Epinions, for me to get 100 hits took months. I was especially impressed when my review of the movie Dark City reeled in 14,000 in about 12 hours. It even gets tweeted a lot these days. Even Netjak didn't expose me that much!

I'm very fond of the quick tips section because it lets me write a quick blurb about any subject that I can't review in depth. It also allows me a lot of extra exposure. The profile on Lunch is awesome because I'm allowed to link up other websites to it. Lunch doesn't have a big problem with me creating links to other websites in my reviews either, so if I need to prove something, hey, just link it right up! Or use a photograph, which is also allowed!

The REALLY great thing about Lunch is that I'm allowed to review literally anything. I've written reviews about walking, bicycling, community gardening, and a couple of musical artists. Not just their work, but the artists themselves, which really allows me to open up with my criticism whenever I believe it truly necessary. On Epinions, you're given the impression that you can review anything, but typing it into the search bar gives you about a 50/50 chance of finding it. Even if Epinions does have what I'm looking for, I'm frequently forced to visit Google and type "(blank) reviews Epinions" in order to find it, and even then, they might provide links to the products on Amazon or Ebay but not allow you to review it themselves. Even worse, if you ARE able to review it, they might not actually have it sectioned, which means no one will be able to ever find it. I wrote a review of Phantasy Star IV on Epinions which sat unread for close to a week because it wasn't placed anywhere!

I should note that on the downside, the search feature on Lunch can sometimes turn up more than one result for a very specific product you're looking to review. I searched for The Simpsons recently, and got three results all for the single, lone TV show that exists! This is called overkill, but I will acknowledge that I would rather have way too many results than too few.

While I do appreciate the automatic importer from Epinions, this is where I think Lunch seriously faulters. I've taken to simple copying and pasting from Epinions to Lunch in the traditional way because Lunch will import anything even if you've already got it posted! There's no limiting what can be imported or what can't - when you import from Epinions, everything Lunch is capable of taking gets taken.

It's entirely possible that I'm missing something here, but it seems like I'm always looking for substitute communities to place reviews in if one of the communities I belong to doesn't quite fit the mold. I've written a lot about actors, but always placed them in the movies section. Well, Nathan Fillion is TECHNICALLY a movie actor, but I don't think that guy from Waiting is the first character people think of when they think of Nathan Fillion. Even his best-known movie character, Malcolm Reynolds from Serenity, was a TV character first. Here's my point: If there's a way to get a product into a community or section that fits it better than any of my communities, I haven't found it.

Otherwise, I've been with Lunch for about six or seven months now, and I'm loving it.

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June 22, 2011
nice write up and good to hear you are liking it here. Oh, actors can belong in a movie community and honestly, I am with you with the communities thing...I usually just choose the one with an active founder or someone I can trust with my thoughts-reviews. You can also make your own community if you'd like. I love the way that you can create your own topics and be done posting your review quickly and not deal with all the things I had to deal with at Epinions and amazon. Nice one!!
June 22, 2011
Good to know I'm not the only one doing that.
June 23, 2011
Yes, I cannot even say that you NEED to put your reviews in communities, since I know you don't have to, it just helps you have a point as in to file your reviews so it doesnt get buried too easily. I really cannot even recommend how you should split up your reviews. (Me, I just do it as I've mentioned and by medium-books and reading material, movies, music, games, TV and gadgets) You can browse the communities if you'd like, but if you'd like a better opinion you should contact @ or @ how to manuever around the communities. Asking the folks who actually work here and not one of us community founders would be best.

As for sometimes they don't announce a major change, it is because sometimes, they are still testing it out.
June 23, 2011
Yeah, I place my reviews in communities because they never get read otherwise.
 
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