Category Archives: Web 2.0

eBay Desktop 1.0 Now Available

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I have been researching the application and waiting for the 1.0 final release, it’s a cool coincidence for it to come out at the same time Adobe Air 1.0 is out!

That’s from their blog:

eBay Desktop 1.0 is now available for download! This free application is an alternative to the eBay website – you can use it to search, browse, bid, keep track of your auctions — all the things you use the website for when you’ve got some money burning a hole in your pocket (or in your PayPal account).

The 1.0 release contains lots of bug fixes, performance enhancements, and small changes to features in response to user suggestions. We also recently released a beta including international support, and the 1.0 has lots of fixes that should make using eBay Desktop from all the international eBay locations much better.

eBay Desktop uses Adobe AIR, and we are synchronizing our 1.0 release with the 1.0 of AIR. The installer will take care of downloading both eBay Desktop and Adobe AIR, whether or not you have installed one or the other in the past.

We have worked on the project for nearly 2 years, and I am very pleased with the end result. We have lots more enhancements planned for the coming weeks and months, but this the most important milestone so far. The eBay Desktop team from Effective UI has worked incredibly hard on this, and I’d like to thank them all: Sean, Greg O., Greg C. Jason, and all the project alumni: thank you! And thanks to all the eBay members who have provided great suggestions, ideas, bug reports, and words of praise. I hope that we can continue to provide great user experiences that make the eBay marketplace more fun and dynamic, and help connect more individuals through the simple act of commerce.

I personally think that this tool will be great for buyers more than sellers on eBay, but with some practice on it, I think it will be a mini research tool for sellers.

Enjoy it.

Hot or Not sold for $20 Millions

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HotOrNot.com was just sold for a reported $20 Millions to Avid Life Media. Well, big congratulations to the founders Jim and James.

As you might know now, I have been a member for a couple of years  now and I loved how was the site so open since the start and the freedom we had as members.

In the beginning the site was all about rating people based on their looks. Then they have implemented a dating method that was different than any other dating service site.

And I have to say that they kept it clean of any pornographic images, by manually moderating the site (Funny it was James parents who took out the bad pictures).

Now with the explosion of the site’s application on FaceBook and so many highly trafficked social networking sites, and after reporting about $5 Million a year revenue from their site, I think that another $20 Million to top that is a great deal.

I know and hope that Jim and James will have another great idea to come up with. But for now, I wish them great luck and hope they don’t spend it all in one place 😉

Yahoo! Live goes “Live”: A video service

Yahoo uncovers an experimental live video product last night.

A live streaming video service and was testing it with Yahoo! employees. The service (Yahoo! Live) enables anyone with a Web camera to create their own live video stream (similar to the competing sites: BlogTV, Mogulus, UStream.tv and Justin.tv) and broadcast, lifecast or webcast till their hearts are content.

The new service will allow anyone to text message in a chat box anybody who is streaming live, and of course you can embed videos from around the web.

It gets even better, Yahoo has also created an API for developers and has made a preview of the API and its embeddable components, and made a sample app and tutorial available as well.

Visit: http://live.yahoo.com or get the updates from:  Yliveblog

Only problem so far is there is no way to see your past recordings, which would make the service useless for creating an online show, like so many have done on uStream.

I am sure that Yahoo will develop such thing in the near future. I also got some errors when using the site however, over all it looks great and it’s optimized for fast loading.

Social Marketing: FaceBook, lesson 1

So the new marketing trend now is social marketing…

We’ll talk in details about social marketing in general, and how to use all of it’s powerful tools for free, but, at this lesson I will answer to the most asked questions I have been getting when speaking about FaceBook:

Q: Is it free?

A: Yes it is, 100%

Q: Can I make money on it?

A: Yes you can, as I am writing this, there is over 14,000 developers world wide getting rich(er) everyday with their FaceBook applications.

Q: Do I need to become a developer to make money using FaceBook?

A: Not at all, there is a lot of ways to make good revenue utilizing FaceBook. For example, you can get exposure to your blog/site or even your eBay items by adding some applications (to date: thousands of applications available, free of charge).

Q: Tell me more, what is it exactly?

A: FaceBook is a website that offers social networking services, it’s been said that it’s the next big thing after Google. To date there is 1000’s of new users every day.

Q: Social Who….?

A: Social networking, think of it as a very advanced phone to connect with your family, friends, school mates and work colleagues. Share photos and videos, join groups, join local networks, add events and invite people to it, join good causes, dating and lots more.

Q: Am I too old for it?

A: Silly! not at all, in fact most new users today are adults over 30.

Q: All this for free?

A: Again, yes 100% no catch.

Q: Why should I join?

A: Reason 1: To connect with friends and family. Reason 2: A chance to make good revenue.

Q: OK, how do I sign up?

A:

The lesson:

1. It’s very simple: Go to www.facebook.com then click on “sign up” and fill up your information.

2. FaceBook made it easy to add friends from your existing email address books, that’s the next step after signing up.

3. Upload your profile picture.

4. You’re done, you are now a member at FaceBook. Welcome.

OK, one more question: Would you be my friend? A: Absolutely, click here and then click on “add to friends”.

OK, seriously, last question: Will you have more lessons about FaceBook?

Yes.

RSS feeds, Part 2 of 4 (What are RSS feeds? In plain English)

I was planning on explaining the readers and how to use them. Instead, due to high demand requests to explain more about RSS technology in plain English, I decided to include this video explaining in “Plain English” for my beginners readers everything they might want to know about RSS. I think it’s a great video.

Enjoy it and leave comments of what you think.

Next: Part 3 and 4 will be about different kinds of readers and simple steps to setup readers, also how to use RSS for your marketing plans.

RSS feeds, Part 1 of 4

I get asked a lot from my students, what is RSS, what are feeds. My answer normally is: RSS stands for (Real Simple Stupid) ofcaurse that’s to make them laugh only.

RSS stands for, and that’s the real meaning: (Really Simple Syndication) it also have different names like: RSS document, feed, web feed, or channel.

And it’s alive, or at least I hope so. And we will go through that in part 2 of this article.

As per Wikipedia here is what RSS means:

“RSS is a family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated content such as blog entries, news headlines or podcasts. It contains either a summary of content from an associated web site or the full text. RSS makes it possible for people to keep up with their favorite web sites in an automated manner that’s easier than checking them manually.

RSS content can be read using software called an “RSS reader,” “feed reader” or an “aggregator.” (Wait for part 2 of this article) The user subscribes to a feed by entering the feed’s link into the reader or by clicking an RSS icon in a browser that initiates the subscription process. The reader checks the user’s subscribed feeds regularly for new content, downloading any updates that it finds.”

There is a universal logo for RSS feeds that you can see it as a small orange box with the letters RSS inside. Also there is another universal icon (very similar to the one you see on this site top right corner).

In a nutshell, a “feed” is a summary of Web content that is updated on a regular basis. It is a way for users to keep informed of a Web site’s latest changes. The feed format that’s most popular now is Really Simple Syndication (RSS) 2.0 .

Coming up soon: In parts 2,3 and 4 of this article, you will learn of what RSS readers are and how to use them, then how to market your business using RSS technology.