Fake Testimonials, Businesses posting positive reviews about themselves

There are perhaps fewer things I detest as a consumer when evaluating whether or not to do business with a particular company is businesses and their associates (in their employ or otherwise) engaging in “Astroturfing” — The posting of positive reviews and ratings of their own business online (In this instance, under their personal accounts).

Lawrence (Vic.) Pty Ltd. T/A Thrifty Vic Car and Truck rental – Glenn Lawrence…
Personally I think that these guys are the best rental company in Victoria. They always have great service a delivery on time with a smile. I would recommend them to anybody.
– S
ource: Google Maps

Thrifty Franchise owner Lawrence (Vic.) Pty Ltd for Dandenong, Glenn Lawrence posting a 5 star review of his own business.

…(if he is the same Glenn Lawrence who is connected to the Licensee) Of Course he would say that, he owns the franchise he’s reviewing.

Folks, Recommend avoid doing this, It doesn’t look good and it looks at best unprofessional. In my eyes at least it also brings the integrity of the business in to question along with raising furthur questions what other less than upfront practices the given business may engage in. Continue reading “Fake Testimonials, Businesses posting positive reviews about themselves”

Fake Testimonials, Businesses posting positive reviews about themselves

Will be in Australia Again Next Week

Australian Mobile Number: +61 49 023 6923

Will be away in Australia Next week to attend the Company Asia Pacific Technical Symposium.

Will continue to stab away at trying to lay the ground work to merge the two blogs possibly after I’m back in NZ Mid October. As it stands NUI.NZ has evolved to become an essentially dyed in the wool Photo Gallery and is best for hosting and presenting photos, while KAHA is far more suited for Textual based content. It looks easy enough to perhaps edit the themes, but often when I do, the intertwine of Javascript, PHP, and CSS code often results in inadvertent theme breakages elsewhere in the blog.

In a way (as stated before) KAHA is like my surrogate Facebook and NUI.NZ being my surrogate Instagram. To be honest, merging the two blogs is perhaps not that high on the personal priority list. If the sites were commercial ones, then yeah, I would be far more motivated to merge the two blogs for so called “Search Engine Optimization” reasons.

Will be in Australia Again Next Week

Connected to Fibre (Properly)

Finally was coaxed by my current ISP, Spark, to move from ADSL1 to Fibre (100Mbit), when they sent a letter threa… er… advising that they will add $5 to my bill for staying with the old copper ADSL1 connection.

Fibre is considerably Faster I guess. Everything is more snappy, Graphics intensive NUI.NZ loads in a blink of an eye along with all the other sites. But is this more of sign of how websites in general have become so incredibly bloated.

There is only a $10.00 monthly price difference between the smallest plan and the unlimited plan. I’m aware they have in the past throttled and traffic shaped unlimited plans, but it looks like this may have been relaxed.

BTW, Pictures from an NZSA Auckland branch visit to Chorus Auckland Offices… Continue reading “Connected to Fibre (Properly)”

Connected to Fibre (Properly)