Buzzfeed Review

Buzzfeed is a site meant to make you laugh or go “aww” at their pictures, videos, quizzes, and other content around the site. But is Buzzfeed really useful to you? Take a look at our pros and cons of using Buzzfeed here.

Pros

  • Lots of different content – Whatever mood you’re in, there’s lots of content to explore. If you want visuals, take a look at some GIFs or videos or pictures. If you want words, read some of their articles.

  • Join the conversation – A lot of people use Buzzfeed, so by using it, you’re keeping up with the ongoing Buzzfeed conversation, either with social media like Twitter or Facebook, or in person with friends.

  • Easy-to-use Template – Their interface is very easy to navigate. Even from their homepage, you can clearly see what’s new, what’s popular, and what’s making headlines.

  • Interactive Features – Participate in some quizzes and share them to your social media to see what results your friends get. Buzzfeed’s quizzes are very popular in social media.

  • DID WE MENTION THIS IS FUNNY?

​Cons

  • Not very news-based – Sure, Buzzfeed has some of the most talked-about news right now, but it’s not really the basis of their site.

  • Connected with Facebook – If you want to add a comment or rate a video, you’ll have to be connected to Facebook, which means if you don’t have a Facebook account, it’s a few features less that you’re able to use on the site.

  • Not anonymous – Because you have to use Facebook to comment, everyone else will see your Facebook name, making your comment less anonymous than maybe you’d prefer.

The Bottom Line: 8/10 

Even though the website is not anonymous when commenting – and you have to be logged into Facebook to rate or comment – for the purpose of the website, the layout and content is executed excellently. It’s easy to navigate and an easy conversation starter for social media.


What is Buzzfeed?

Buzzfeed is an online news media company that was founded in 2006. Buzzfeed’s content covers a wide range of topics, from politics to funny videos to quizzes. Buzzfeed is very well known for their “lists” that go viral (where millions of people view and share the same content; it has nothing to do with computer viruses, we promise!).

Examples of their lists are “25 Things No One Tells You About Growing Up,” and “27 Superpowers All People Who Love Food Have.” Each point in the list is about one sentence and is usually accompanied by a “GIF” (a short video that has been turned into a moving picture with no sound) to prove their point.

Buzzfeed produces an average of nearly 400 posts per day, and their YouTube channel has nearly 3 million subscribers. The site has staff reporters, contributors, cartoon artists, and more to create and submit content. The site was started by Jonah Peretti back in 2006; Peretti also helped Arianna Huffington start her news site – Huffington Post.  (P.S.  We also have tutorials on the Huffington Post here on Techboomers.)

Why Should I use Buzzfeed?

Read some lists that will evoke nostalgia and make you laugh, or do a quiz and compare the results with your friends.

Buzzfeed is not only a fun way to keep yourself occupied; it’s also a good way to get your daily news fix. Buzzfeed’s news articles tend to be photo-heavy, so it’s also a great way to see what is going on and judge for yourself.