SocialCompare is a comparison sharing community. It allows comparison of basically anything and allows people to vote and share the results. Comparisons may be used for personal or professional reasons. Results can be kept private or made public.
The application was founded by Alexis Fruhinsholz and Vanina Berger.
SocialCompare allows users to consult, create, and edit comparison that may be shared with others. Users may also rate and vote on content. Like a Wiki, users are entering information so the veracity may be questionable.
Other websites compare prices only. SocialCompare allows users to enter content and choose what features are compared. It is collaborative.
Users may view existing comparisons or create their own. To create a comparison, users select the comparison name, category, and whether they wish to add items or import data from an existing source file. Adding items is simple and information adds automatically if the item is in the system. For this review, a comparison chart of the Kindle 3, Sony Reader Touch, and Kobo eReaders was created. Product details entered automatically. On the other hand, an attempt to view a comparison of gas ranges yielded no results and the user would have to enter all of the data by hand.
Comparison elements may be moved via drag and drop. Users may choose to make the table editable by everyone. Table may be embedded in a website or shared via Facebook, Twitter, dig, Buzz, email, and more.
Next, we reviewed an existing comparison of iPad vs. Cruz Tablet vs. Galaxy Tablet computers. The creator included various versions of each computer and organized the information starting with price, release date, and then moved on to screen, details, storage, camera, dimensions, battery life, and images. Links to the websites were included and “Likes” added at the end of the page. The Like section offers the option of adding a comment, but the comment does not appear anywhere on the page. During review, we edited the price of the iPad, first generation, to reflect the current sales due to the second generation release. Editing was easy and intuitive.
This is relatively easy to use for items that already have data available. For others, it is very time consuming. During review, “gas range” was entered. There were no options for adding. To compare, a user would have to collect the website, video tour link, images, dimensions, weight, and price.
Interestingly, the app suggests “Related comparisons”. For Gas Range, it suggested “Choose between an artificial or natural Christmas tree”; Cleaning solution comparison; Comparison of web fonts solutions; Comparison of Tea varieties; and Automatic Publishing Tools. This algorithm obviously needs work. Also, in the interest of veracity, the Cleaning Solution comparison compared some kind of Black and Decker tool (unidentified), an Echo PB-251 leaf blower and an Apple iPhone 3g.
The resource video has no narration and is basically a demonstration accompanied by distracting techno electronica music. Without narration or captioning, it is difficult to absorb what each action is showing and how to do it once a user is involved with trying it on the site…. not to mention the annoying music.
Users may sign in by linking with Facebook or by creating an account. Registration requires email, password, nickname, and language. An email with validation key is sent and must be entered to complete registration.
SocialCompare is free to use.
This application may be useful for those people trying to compare products or services. If they want input from others and an easy way to collect the data on several products for side by side comparison, this app may work for them. Users should be prepared to research and enter data for items that they wish to compare if they are not already linked on the site.