Yahoo’s Shoposphere

Yahoo! launched a new feature on its Shopping site Monday night similar to eBay’s Reviews & Guides and Amazon’s Listmania which allows their shopping community to share products with other shoppers. Called the Shoposphere it shoppers build lists on any topic for others to see or just themselves.

I think these shopping tools are a smart way to provide great content to your buyers and a valuable service to the shoppers themselves. They also are yet more examples of Tim O’Reilly’s Architecture of Participation. They allow people to be content creators and publishers.

What did surprise me was that given Yahoo!’s investments in tagging (My Web 2.0, Flickr) that they did not integrate tagging into these new Pick Lists.

Yahoo’s Shoposphere

Yahoo! launched a new feature on its Shopping site Monday night similar to eBay’s Reviews & Guides and Amazon’s Listmania which allows their shopping community to share products with other shoppers. Called the Shoposphere it shoppers build lists on any topic for others to see or just themselves.

I think these shopping tools are a smart way to provide great content to your buyers and a valuable service to the shoppers themselves. They also are yet more examples of Tim O’Reilly’s Architecture of Participation. They allow people to be content creators and publishers.

What did surprise me was that given Yahoo!’s investments in tagging (My Web 2.0, Flickr) that they did not integrate tagging into these new Pick Lists.

Yahoo! Maps, Flash, AJAX, & APIs

LukeW covered the launch of Yahoo! Maps Flash-based UI today. I was a bit surprised to see this done in Flash as nearly everything compelling that’s been released this year was based on AJAX. However Y! shows that there is still a place for Flash in this demo. Slick zooming with the scrollwheel and the first web-based map with the ability to take more than two address.

Also note the local events browser that Luke covers as well for a clue as to how a company can make their own mashups of various properties.

Yahoo! Maps, Flash, AJAX, & APIs

LukeW covered the launch of Yahoo! Maps Flash-based UI today. I was a bit surprised to see this done in Flash as nearly everything compelling that’s been released this year was based on AJAX. However Y! shows that there is still a place for Flash in this demo. Slick zooming with the scrollwheel and the first web-based map with the ability to take more than two address.

Also note the local events browser that Luke covers as well for a clue as to how a company can make their own mashups of various properties.

eBay Motors + Google Maps Mashup

I’m working on listing my father-in-laws BMW on eBay which got me to thinking about the eBay Motors + Google Maps mashup that Adam Trachtenberg and Luke Wroblewski put together for Web 2.0.

It will be interesting to watch how intellectual property law will evolve to handle these mashups. Will NavTec reconsider it’s agreement with Google? Will more companies like eBay open up their infrastructure and APIs for this usage?

Also here’s another recent mashup, Frapper, which allows you to plot any number of addresses onto a map yourself.

eBay Motors + Google Maps Mashup

I’m working on listing my father-in-laws BMW on eBay which got me to thinking about the eBay Motors + Google Maps mashup that Adam Trachtenberg and Luke Wroblewski put together for Web 2.0.

It will be interesting to watch how intellectual property law will evolve to handle these mashups. Will NavTec reconsider it’s agreement with Google? Will more companies like eBay open up their infrastructure and APIs for this usage?

Also here’s another recent mashup, Frapper, which allows you to plot any number of addresses onto a map yourself.