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Amit Bhatnagar on Quora.com on July 11, 2012

Amit BhatnagarThis is infinite recursion!!Try it out yourself: https://www.google.com/search?q=…See question on Quora

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Amit Bhatnagar on Quora.com on June 12, 2012

Everybody’s darling since last 40+ years: The Amul girl! Here is what Wikipedia says about her:

Amul girl refers to the advertising mascot used by Amul, an Indian dairy brand. The Amul girl is a hand-drawn cartoon of a young, chubby Indian girl dressed in a polka dotted frock  with blue hair and a half pony tied up. The Amul girl advertising have often been described as one of the best Indian Advertising concepts because of their humour.

I used to like her when I was too young to understand the humor/satire. I liked her simply for her cute face and those “Utterly, butterly delicious” ads. Gradually, I started appreciating the humor and timeliness of the ads. Very often, you can see a billboard commenting on an event within 3-4 days of the actual date of the incident.

Although the Amul girl is strictly a business mascot, who appears on billboards and Amul Butter packets,  her status in India is comparable to that of regularly appearing newspaper cartoons. (next only to perhaps to RK Laxman’s Common Man mentioned by Ankul Bagati. And while most daily cartoons focus primarily on Politics, Amul girl addresses a wider  topics, including but not limited to: Politics, Sports, Movies and Business. 

Some samples (You will need to know Hindi to cmpletely understand the puns)

After India’s World Cup Cricket victory (The tagline is a play on Hindi for “Makes Impossible Possible” replacing the word for Possible (Honi) by the name of Indian Captain(Dhoni))

When Sensex (Bombay Stock Exchange’s Stock index) was behaving erratically

After launch of Tata Nano, the unbelieveably affordable small car (The tagline is a play on Hindi for “Believe it or not”)

And here are some for Amul girl’s takes on Bollywood movies:

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Amit Bhatnagar on Quora.com on June 12, 2012

There is no option to un-filter. Since it’s not clear from your question, whether you are asking from the perspective of a business-owner, review-writer or review-reader, I will cover all three:

However, as a review-writer whose review for a particular business has been filtered (I think you will have to log out to see whether your review has been filtered; your review is not filtered from you), you can do something about it. Build some credibility by writing more reviews, get more friends, do not copy-paste any reviews (not even your own!). You may want to read my answer here: How do the mechanics of Yelp’s review filter work?

If you are an business-owner and your negative reviews are filtered, thank your stars, but go through each of those. There may be no legitimate reason for them getting filtered, except that the reviewer doesn’t have much credibility yet.(see previous para) Unless you are sure that these reviews are from your jealous competitors, take all negative reviews (filtered or unfiltered) as a useful feedback, and try to incorporate that into your operations. However,if it’s your 4* and 5* reviews that are filtered, you can’t do much, except continuing to deliver good service, so that you get more such reviews!

As a review-reader, always pay attention to filtered reviews, especially for businesses with very few unfiltered reviews. (They will ask you to verify your human identity by filling in a re-CAPTCHA) Read them and use your judgement to see which ones feel right, but take them with a pinch of salt. Sometimes, there is a lot of useful information hidden in the filtered ones.

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Amit Bhatnagar on Quora.com on June 6, 2012

Amit BhatnagarI know that very often restaurants and other businesses offer such a pathetic service that even a one star review looks too generous, but practically speaking, once you are used to the scale, it does not really really better what the hig…

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Amit Bhatnagar on Quora.com on June 3, 2012

Since I know that LinkedIn co-founder  Reid Garrett Hoffman is on Quora (I have read some answers by him), my first guess was that perhaps he may be the oldest LinkedIn member here. But when I checked his LinkedIn profile, i found that his ID is 1213, not #1 or #2.

So even before we know who is the oldest LinkedIn member on Quora, we need to know who were the first LinkedIn users, and then, we could check which of them are present on Quora.

A check for LinkedIn ID #1 or #2 leads to a page like the screenshot below. Most probably, these are all dummy users that were created while the initial tests were being conducted for LinkedIn as a service:

Of course, I could not have manually checked all the profile IDs till 1213 (i.e. Reid Hoffman’s ID). So I used excel to fetch page title for LinkedIn profiles of first 1250 LinkedIn IDs. You may see that for a non-existent profile (like the one in screenshot above) the page title is “Profile|LinkedIn”, and for real users with public profiles, the page title is in format of “<User Name>|LinkedIn” (Example: “Amit Bhatnagar|LinkedIn”)

So, after my spreadsheet fetched me this list, it was just a matter of seeing first profile IDs with real names instead of “Profile|LinkedIn” Results can be seen in the screenshot below:

So, first 1209 users are all dummy users, and as expected, the first real LinkedIn users are all from founding team. First three are: Jean-Luc Vaillant, Eric Ly and  Lee Hower. And as you can guess from the tags, I could not locate Jean-Luc Vaillant on Quora. So the answer to your question is: Eric Ly

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Amit Bhatnagar on Quora.com on June 2, 2012

You can consider doing a search by location, but here is an old, neat trick to know the approximate number of people in any geographic area/profession: Use “Advertise with LinkedIn” and proceed with geographic segmentation.

I tried this out, and the result comes out to be a little over 2.5 MM. (See screenshot below)

If you reach this screen, scroll down to select job titles and then, start selecting different job functions. You will see the numbers for each job function. Some prominent functions:

  • Consulting: 77.5K
  • Marketing 77.8 K
  • Legal 49.6 K
  • Finance 85K
  • Engineering 209 K (Is anyone surprised?)
  • Entrepreneurship 217.6 K (For this one, even I am surprised, but perhaps, only in Bay Area, Entrepreneurship can be a leading job function!!)

Hope this helps!

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Amit Bhatnagar on Quora.com on May 31, 2012

AWA does not matter much. I have never heard anybody from Adcom of any school saying that they factor AWA in admission-decisions (and I read a lots of Admission Officers’ interviews, blogs, etc; also met some personally, when I was applying to B-schools). Most adcoms would focus just on your overall score, Quant score and verbal score. In any case, they have your application-essays to judge your writing abilities.

However, if your AWA score is terrible (Anything below 4) and your essays look very polished, things may get questionable! Hence, I won’t recommend ignoring this section completely. Remember, even a 5 on a scale of 6 is just around 56 percentile, which means as many as about 44% manage 5 or more. Spend some time towards the end of your GMAT preparation towards this, amd you should be good.

I wrote a detailed blog post on this topic some time ago:

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Amit Bhatnagar on Quora.com on May 31, 2012

I don’t have the exact numbers to support or refute their claim, but I have some reasons to believe Amazon. Analysts estimate Kindle Fire sales to be in order of 6MM in its first quarter. (Source:  http://venturebeat.com/2012/01/3…) This is a big number, and I think Amazon.com captures a big part of this number. Here are my reasons for this:

  • Dual role: Manufacturer & Online stores: For most other electronics goods, you can expect the Online sales to be split across manufacturers’ websites and other online stores. In case of Kindle Fire, Amazon is both the manufacturer and a leading online store. Also, since Amazon offers free shipping for Kindle Fire even for non-prime members and no other online store offers a lower price, there is no reason to buy from anywhere else, if you are ordering online.
  • Relatively low offline sales: I  know that Kindle Fire is available in physical stores like BestBuy, but  there is no major offline official channel like Apple stores for  iPods/iPads, etc, or AT&T/Verizon stores for Samsung phones. So I expect the majority of sales to be from online channels, and Amazon should grab the lion’s share from that.(See previous point).
  • There is just one Kindle fire: Best selling products are reported at an SKU level. A variation like color or size in product will make it a different product for the purposes of best-seller rankings. For example, Kindle Fire is not competing with iPod touch, not even with iPod touch  4G. The competition is against iPod touch 4G 8GB (Black),iPod touch 4G 8GB (White) and iPod touch 4G 32GB-Black, all of which rank in Top 20 Electronics goods. As for Kindle Fire, there is just one variation of it: One size, one storage capacity (8GB), One color (Black). (Other products from Kindle family are simply book-readers, and hence, I am not clubbing them as the same product)
  • Very high number of reviews: Number of reviews may not be accurate representative of actual sales, but you can easily expect the two figures to have at least a moderate correlation and it can at least give you some idea about actual units sold. Since the Fire was launched in mid-November, 2011, it has amassed close to 18,000 reviews. Most other products would be lucky to get 2000 reviews. (Sample the top sellers across  few categories: Books=> Fifty shades of Gray: 1500 reviews, Apps=> Angry Birds: 965 reviews, Camera=> Canon PowerShot D10:585 reviews) Only products that I could locate having higher number of reviews was Kindle Keyboard, and that was released way back in Summer 2010! This does indicate a possibility of Kindle Fire being their top selling product.

Again, as I said, I have no numbers, but the reasons above are convincing enough for me to believe them. Will wait for Amazon to share official sales figures, which may perhaps give us a clearer idea on this.

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As I wrote here What efforts has Yelp made to educate the public on its review ranking algorithm? and On Yelp, why aren’t reviews that receive the most votes near the top? Does Yelp have a competitor that does do this? Could Quora eventually compete?, Yelp sort does take into account number of votes in their default sorting algorithm.

Precise sentence from Yelp confirming this:

The order is determined by recency, user voting, and other review quality factors.

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Not sure what would qualify as enough, but if you are like me, chances are that you would at least hover over “Yelp Sort”, when you see that it is the default sort, as compared other more easily understandable things, like Votes, date, Rating etc. And if you do hover over it, here’s what you will see:

    Yelp Sort attempts to show reviews that help consumers make informed decisions. The order is determined by recency, user voting, and other review quality factors. This method is applied to all businesses, sponsors or not.

If you go to their FAQ, you will find another question that clearly addresses it:

  • Are reviews displayed in any particular order?
    Users can decide for themselves how best to order reviews by  clicking one of the links just above the reviews (e.g., date, rating,  voting, etc.). Yelp’s default sort order takes a number of factors into  account and reflects our own attempt to present reviews in a meaningful  order.  For example, we’ll favor reviews from your friends and the users  you follow. The sort algorithm does not take into account whether the business is an advertiser or not.

In my opinion, this is just enough information and at just the right places. Most users won’t even bother about the sorting algorithm, and will make their decision based on top 3-4 reviews + overall rating. Those of us, who do care about how exactly are the reviews ordered, would perhaps look for it (in FAQs or in the hover-over tool tip). And even these guys would not perhaps want to see this information every time they make a search.

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