Tweakers.net

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

Tweakers 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 optimization.

Tweakers 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. 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" in 2009, 2011 and 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 October 2012, Tweakers.net launched a new design,[10] designed by Femme Taken, the founder. However, the new design met with criticism from their community.[11] A couple of days later, Tweakers.net launched a new feature which enabled the community to change the appearance of the website.[12]

The current Responsive design was introduced on the 6th of January 2014.[13] The Android and iOS apps where removed from their respective stores on the 7th of October 2014.[14]

In February 2014 Tweakers.net significantly improved the price comparison tool for sim only contracts.[15]

In June 2014 Tweakers.net added prices of Belgian webshops to the Pricewatch, which now shows prices from Dutch and Belgian webshops.[16]

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.[17]

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 2014-2015[18][edit]

Category Product
Best television Samsung HU7500L
Best monitor Dell UltraSharp 27 HD 5K
Best headset Sennheiser HD-650
Best compact camera Sony Cybershot RX100 III
Best system camera Nikon 1 V3
Best DSLR camera Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Best laptop Apple MacBook Pro
Best anti-virus software Microsoft Security Essentials
Best operating system Microsoft Windows
Best printer HP Officejet Pro 8610 e
Best processor Intel Core i7-5960X
Best motherboard Asus ROG X99 Rampage V Extreme
Best graphics card Nvidia GeForce GTX 970
Best SSD Samsung 840
Best videogame GTA V
Best gaming Console PlayStation 4
Best newcomer Netflix
Best user reviewer TERW_DAN
Best NAS Synology DiskStation DS415+
Best home automation manufacturer Nest
Best router Linksys WRT1900AC
Best mobile provider Vodafone
Best ISP Ziggo
Best smartphone Apple iPhone 6
Best tablet Apple iPad Air 2
Best web shop NL Coolblue
Best web shop BE Coolblue

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. ^ "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/654/tweakers-punt-net-maakt-plaats-voor-tweakers-7.html
  11. ^ http://tweakers.net/plan/655/een-dag-met-tweakers-7.html
  12. ^ http://tweakers.net/plan/656/tweakers-7-de-puntjes-op-de-i.html
  13. ^ http://tweakers.net/plan/743/tweakers-introduceert-responsive-design.html
  14. ^ http://tweakers.net/plan/787/development-round-up-iteratie-58.html
  15. ^ http://tweakers.net/plan/750/tweakers-vernieuwt-sim-only-prijsvergelijker.html
  16. ^ http://tweakers.net/plan/768/tweakers-breidt-pricewatch-uit-met-belgische-winkels.html
  17. ^ "Gathering of Tweakers FAQ". gathering.tweakers.net. 
  18. ^ "Tweakers Awards 2015 Winners" (in Dutch). 

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