It’s been about 5 months since Amazon launched it’s own Wikipedia-type site, where users could tag and submit their opinions and review.
So what’s happened since the launch?
In Jan, when WebProNews announced the Amapedia launch, early feedback was along the lines of:
The site looks pretty raw currently and has little info in it – it is after all brand new.
And now nearly half a year later, I find 15 product reviews on the site, none of which are particularly inspiring. Worst still, some product discussions haven’t had an update in 55 days.
Critics will question, Is it even a worthwhile exercise for the mammoth online retailer?
Let’s look at the demand for Wikipedias, or user-contributed content sites:
So there is high demand for online information reference sites.
And the chances are, once you’ve discovered wikipedia, you’re likely to bookmark or keep it in mind, and head over there to bone up on unfamiliar topics.
I’ve gone over there a number of times in the course of my blogging and site development efforts to fact check or build up my background knowledge.
So where has the story gone wrong for poor Amapedia?
The site design certainly looks polished and is consistent with Amazon’s branding and consistent sitewide design.
I do find the (more…)