Irony, thy name is Consumer Reports

Some of my favorite blogs are those on the Consumer Reports web site. Written by CR editors, they offer great consumer information and advice on a variety of topics, from Cars to Health to Electronics and more. Their advice is usually spot on, but it’s not always supported by the rest of the site.

An example of what I mean showed up in my Google Reader today. A post on the Electronics blog was titled “Earth Day tips: 7 ways to greener printing.” Here’s number 2 on the list:

2. Instead of printing out e-mails, Web pages, and other documents, read them on your computer screen. A free application called CutePDF makes that simpler by turning such items into easy-to-read PDFs.

But at the end of the post, there’s a Print This Page link. What’s missing are links allowing readers to save the article to an online bookmarking site, such as Delicious. Wouldn’t that have been more in keeping with the spirit of the blog post?

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2 thoughts on “Irony, thy name is Consumer Reports

  1. Hi Julia,Thanks for reading—and mentioning!—the Consumer Reports Electronics Blog.I appreciate that of all the choices out there in the blogosphere, we’re among some of your “favorite blogs!”Anyway, about your comment regarding our tips for greener printing…I suppose you could say that it is, in some ways, ironic that we don’t have a book-marking and sharing option such as Delicious or Digg on the blog. But we are working on it. Several pages on the Consumer Reports web site have those tags. See, for example, our camcorder buying advice:http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/electronics-computers/audio-video/camcorders/camcorder-guide/getting-started/camcorders-getting-started.htmOn the upper right of the page, you'll see a link to "Share" and if you roll your mouse over it, you'll see several options (including links to Digg) to share the page. We're hoping to add such capabilities to our various blogs soon. Again, thanks for your comments—and for reading our blogs.Cheers,Paul Eng, Web Sr. Editor (Electronics)

  2. Thanks for reading, Paul. I’m glad to see that you are starting to roll out the social bookmarking/sharing options to the CR website. I know it takes time to make those kinds of changes global.So until you’re able to get them enabled on the blogs, I’ll just have to do it the old-fashioned way. 🙂

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