Tweakers.net

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Tweakers.net
Tweakers.net logo 2014.png
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Front page as of July 2014.
Web address Tweakers.net
Slogan We test technology
Commercial? Yes
Registration optional
Available in Dutch
Owner VNU Media
Created by Femme Taken
Launched September 30, 1998
Alexa rank positive decrease 3,111 (July 2014)[1]

Tweakers.net (often abbreviated as T.net) is a Dutch website featuring news and information about hardware, software and the Internet. The verb "tweaking" in the title refers to the process of tweaking the hardware of a computer, as a form of optimisation. Thus, the site's visitors are called tweakers, not to be confused with methamphetamine users.

Tweakers.net has grown substantially since its conception.[2] Nowadays, it publishes news, reviews, features and video reports about technology subjects, with a strong focus on the Netherlands. Tweakers.net is often regarded as the Dutch clone of Slashdot albeit with a stronger Windows orientation than Slashdot. Tweakers.net has more features for the computer enthusiast, such as reviews, bi-monthly Best Buy guides, a classifieds section for jobs and used hardware, the Pricewatch and the Shop Survey, among others. While the majority of the reviews are written in Dutch, there are several articles translated into English[3] because they cover a non-standard topic.

Tweakers.net currently has more than 400,000 members and its forum has over 29 million posts.[4] It has won several awards, including "(Dutch) website of the year 2009", "(Dutch) website of the year 2011"[5] and "(Dutch) website of the year 2012"[5]

History[edit]

The website was founded in 1998 by Femme Taken, a computer enthusiast, under the name World of Tweaking as a student's hobby project to offer a Dutch alternative to hardware review sites like Tom's Hardware Guide.[6]

As of March 2006, Tweakers.net has been taken over by the Dutch media conglomerate VNU, now known as The Nielsen Company.[7][8] However, VNU Media has become owner of the website after The Nielsen Company had sold its Business Media division to private equity firm 3i.[9]

In July 2010 Tweakers.net moved from Amersfoort to Amsterdam.[10]

The current Responsive design was introduced in January 2014, making the dedicated Android and iOS apps obsolete.[11]

In February 2014 Tweakers.net significantly improved the price comparison tool for sim only contracts.[12]

In June 2014 Tweakers.net added prices of Belgian webshops to the Pricewatch, which now shows prices from Dutch and Belgian webshops.[13]

Gathering of Tweakers[edit]

An important area of the site is the forum. Tweakers.net's forum is known as the Gathering of Tweakers (often abbreviated as GoT). The forum is mainly focused on technical subjects and tries to maintain a relatively high standard of posting. It has a fairly strong moderation policy, especially when compared to other online discussion forums. Users of the forum are strongly urged to read the FAQ and to have invested a fair amount of his/her own time into finding an answer, either on GoT using the search tools, or anywhere else on the internet, before asking a question.[14]

Tweakers Awards[edit]

Tweakers Awards (formerly known as "Tweakers Gouden Steeksleutel Awards") is a contest in which members can choose the best products from different technology categories.

Tweakers Awards 2013-2014[15][edit]

Categorie Product
Best monitor Dell U2713HM
Best television Samsung F8000
Best videogame GTA V
Best SSD Samsung 840 EVO
Best laptop Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15"
Best operating system Microsoft Windows 7
Best PC speakers Logitech Z906
Best compact camera Canon SX260 HS
Best smartphone Apple iPhone 5S
Best headset Sennheiser HD650
Best tablet Apple iPad Air
Best motherboard Asus Z87-Pro
Best WIFI router TP-Link TL-WDR4300
Best web browser Google Chrome
Best system camera Canon EOS M
Best virtual provider KPN
Best graphics card Asus R9 290X 4GB
Best NAS Synology DS214+
Best anti-virus software Microsoft Security Essentials
Best printer Canon Pixma MG5350
Best e-reader Sony PRS T3
Best DSLR Canon 5D Mark III
Best ISP Ziggo
Best web shop Coolblue
Best microprocessor Intel i7 4770K

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tweakers.net Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  2. ^ "Tweakers.net viert tiende verjaardag!" (in Dutch). tweakers.net. 2008. 
  3. ^ "Reviews met tag english". tweakers.net. 
  4. ^ "Gathering of Tweakers forum statistieken" (in Dutch). gathering.tweakers.net. 
  5. ^ a b "Website van het Jaar winnaars!" (in Dutch). 
  6. ^ "De geschiedenis van Tweakers.net: ontstaan en hobbyfase" (in Dutch). tweakers.net. 2008. 
  7. ^ "VNU Business Media Europe neemt Tweakers.net over" (in Dutch). tweakers.net. 2006. 
  8. ^ "VNU Business Media Europe acquires leading Dutch online technology site, Tweakers.net". VNU Business Media Europe. 2006.  (Archived March 20, 2006 at the Wayback Machine)
  9. ^ "3i agrees buyout of VNU Business Media Europe". 3i.com. 2006. 
  10. ^ http://tweakers.net/plan/530/tweakers-punt-net-verhuisd-naar-amsterdam-noord.html
  11. ^ http://tweakers.net/plan/743/tweakers-introduceert-responsive-design.html
  12. ^ http://tweakers.net/plan/750/tweakers-vernieuwt-sim-only-prijsvergelijker.html
  13. ^ http://tweakers.net/plan/768/tweakers-breidt-pricewatch-uit-met-belgische-winkels.html
  14. ^ "Gathering of Tweakers FAQ". gathering.tweakers.net. 
  15. ^ "Tweakers Awards 2013 Winnaars" (in Dutch). 

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