The UX for Internet review sites is bad

The user experience with most review sites is horrible. Examples I have gripes with are IMDb, Goodreads, and Fragrantica.

I’ve found the sites generally lagging and aethestically unpleasing. Pages load slowly. Here are also site-specific gripes off the top of my head:

I don’t have own a Yelp account nor have I spoken with core users so I can’t speak to the usability there.

The takeaway of this is how strong network effects are. A fresh competitor simply can’t offer the same depth of reviews as these sites. The advantage here is a self-perpetuating moat strong enough for the owner to ignore most else, to my mild chagrin.

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