Tweakers.net

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Tweakers
Tweakers logo may 2015.PNG
Tweakers screenshot may 2015.PNG
Front page as of May 2015
Web address Tweakers.net
Slogan Wij stellen technologie op de proef
Commercial? Yes
Registration Optional
Available in Dutch
Owner De Persgroep Nederland
Created by Femme Taken
Launched September 30, 1998
Alexa rank
positive decrease 2,983 (July 2015)[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 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 500,000 members and its forum has over 29 million posts.[4] It has won several awards, including "(Dutch) website of the year" in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.[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 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 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 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 significantly improved the price comparison tool for sim only contracts.[15]

In June 2014 Tweakers 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'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" 2007 to 2011 [18]) is a contest in which members can choose the best products from different technology categories.

Tweakers Awards 2014-2015[19][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. ^ "Site Overview tweakers.net". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "Tweakers.net viert tiende verjaardag!" (in Dutch). tweakers.net. 2008. 
  3. ^ "Reviews met tag english". Tweakers.net. Retrieved 2015-03-02. 
  4. ^ "Tweakers passeert mijlpaal van 500.000 geregistreerde gebruikers" (in Dutch). tweakers.net. Retrieved 2015-04-28. 
  5. ^ "Website van het Jaar winnaars!" (in Dutch). Websitevanhetjaar.nl. Retrieved 2015-03-02. 
  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. Retrieved 2015-03-02. 
  8. ^ "VNU Business Media Europe acquires leading Dutch online technology site, Tweakers.net". VNU Business Media Europe. 2006. Retrieved 2015-03-02.  (Archived March 20, 2006 at the Wayback Machine)
  9. ^ "3i agrees buyout of VNU Business Media Europe". 3i.com. 2006. Retrieved 2015-03-02. 
  10. ^ "Tweakers.net maakt plaats voor Tweakers 7 - Beeld en geluid - .Plans". Tweakers. Retrieved 2015-03-02. 
  11. ^ "Een dag met Tweakers 7 - Beeld en geluid - .Plans". Tweakers. 2012-09-10. Retrieved 2015-03-02. 
  12. ^ "7: de puntjes op de i - IT Pro - .Plans". Tweakers. Retrieved 2015-03-02. 
  13. ^ "introduceert responsive design - IT Pro - .Plans". Tweakers. Retrieved 2015-03-02. 
  14. ^ "Development-round-up - Iteratie #58 - IT Pro - .Plans". Tweakers. Retrieved 2015-03-02. 
  15. ^ "vernieuwt sim-only-prijsvergelijker - Tablets en telefoons - .Plans". Tweakers. Retrieved 2015-03-02. 
  16. ^ "breidt Pricewatch uit - Ook in België willen we de beste zijn - IT Pro - .Plans". Tweakers. Retrieved 2015-03-02. 
  17. ^ "Gathering of Tweakers FAQ". Gathering.tweakers.net. Retrieved 2015-03-02. 
  18. ^ "Gathering of Tweakers FAQ". Gathering.tweakers.net. Retrieved 2015-03-02. 
  19. ^ "Tweakers Awards 2015 Winners" (in Dutch). 

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