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Critique Briefs

Selected reviews during November, 2004


Reviewer comments:
      A picture speaks thousand words-it is said. Photographs of one's family member, friends or close ones speak even more, as they make you nostalgic and tickle your heart. But, downloading pictures on email was not a very safe option, as most of the pictures did not reach its destination with clarity. I was informed that a website called www.Homemaster.net had an option of Albums.
      When I checked www.homemaster.net, I found that it was a unique site aimed at building online communities. At Homemaster's Albums its users have the option to store all the photos online. The site also let you create instant albums to share your favorite photos with friends and family, no matter where they live. Sending photos across the world was never so simple, as it is with Homemaster.
      Now I no longer have to send bulky emails with multiple attachments. All that I have to do is to send a simple hotlink to my folks and just by clicking it they can see the photographs. At Homemaster, the method is simple. I have to point and click to upload my photos and organize them into as many albums as needed. Create passphrase-for protecting albums- for personal photos that you don't want to make publicly available. Your close friends having the passphrase would be able to see these albums. It includes each photo in as many albums as one likes. My problem of sharing photographs with my family and friends has solved as all I need to do now is upload the photographs on the Album category and it is ready for all my folks to see.

Reviewed by Crescent Malik

Review of: Georgetown Universiry Parent's Site

Reviewer comments:
      I enjoyed this site very much, although the type is quite often too small, and the content doesn't re-size to fit my browser window. I am over 50, and am finding web sites increasingly using type that is too small. I also like to keep my browser window just a little bit narrower than my 17" screen allows (at 1024 resolution), and when the sites aren't flexible to compress to fit that width it peeves me.
      It's also very annoying to have to scroll the frame over each time I load a new page.
      Other than that, the colors are nice, and their gel buttons look just like my iMac interface, except they're purple, so I feel right at home. All the pictures are nice and loaded quickly.

Reviewed by Roberta B, New Jersey

Review of: Black Hills Pow Wow Association

Reviewer comments:
      WOW! This is the first time I ever thought about reviewing a web site, but when I looked at this one listed under your "nonprofit organizations" listing I really was glad I came. The information is really interesting (See: He Sapa), and the story about Ohiya Ku Win - Gabrielle, the newly crowned 2004 He Sapa Princess.
      On the down side, the site seemed to be a little congested and cluttered -- like they're trying to say too much in a single window. The content would be much better if I could concentrate on it without all the surrounding clutter. I would have liked to see a better picture of the Ohiya Ku Win ceremony, and even more importantly more photos of the event so I can really get the flavor of the Black Hills Pow Wow culture.
      If they step back and realize the importance of what they have to say, rather than the decoration of saying it, their audiences would get a lot more enjoyment from the site and come back a lot more often.

Reviewed by Jeremy K, Chicago, IL

Review of: Internet personals/dating site

Reviewer comments:
      I didn't go to this site looking for personals, but came here to review it since the button to the site on top of it was already dead. I cannot understand why people want you to review their sites then let the links go dead. Anyway, the site creator said:
      "This site is online because I wanted to provide a better site than what's available at a reasonable cost. Having used these type of sites off and on and knew I could do better and be more responsive than the bigger name sites. I particularly interested on what you think of the home page.
      Well, in my opinion, they need to do a lot of work to fulfill their promises -- in my opinion the site sucks. First of all the searches really don't work. I searched intentionally for a "male" and it only gave me female results. In the results screen, all of the photos were broken. So I could not see any of the potentials. I returned and searched again, this time looking for females, and females is what I got.
      Yes, the home page looks nice and inviting. The pictures are nice and the links show up. However, it's a bust to click for more info and get the sign-up page.
      I don't think this is a legitimate site to critique. I think they posted the site just to get people to come and sign up. You cannot see or do anything really until you take out one of their accounts. Then you have to give your email address. I didn't do it because I'm getting enough spam already.

Reviewed by Margaret J, Dallas, TX


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