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Vertical Search Business Models – It’s All about Economic Transactions

For the past week I have been talking with a bunch of people about vertical search business models. I have a pretty bipolar perspective on vertical search; some days I think there is a business there and some days I don’t. After many enlightening conversations, my general thoughts can be summed up in the following […]

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More Thoughts on Click-to-Call

I was browsing this interesting article on click-to-call or pay-per-call or whatever you want to call it. I have always thought that integrating the telephone and fax into the mix would be key to getting small and/or local businesses interested in online advertising as a means of lead generation. It lowers the barrier of having […]

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Clearing Up Rumors on T-Mobile MDA and SDA Release Date

I was eager to find out when the MDA and the SDA smartphones are scheudled to launch on T-Mobile. Reliable sources had mentioned “the 19th” and “the 20th” as the launch dates. Those are close, but not correct. I called T-Mobile and here is what the representative told me about the official ship dates for […]

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Observations on Search Sig Social Search Event

Earlier this evening I attended the SDForum’s SearchSIG event on tagging, social bookmarking, and tagging. One of the great things about living in the Bay Area is the easy access you can get to newsmaking companies and topics. I am sure that there will be many interesting transcripts, podcasts, and summaries of all of the […]

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Interesting Search Event for those in the Bay Area

Okay, when 4 people I really respect and find interesting tell me that they are going to attend an event after work, that’s enough to put it on my radar. The event in question is being put on by SDForum’s Search SIG. The focus of the event appears to be tagging and search and will […]

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Where are all of the E-Commerce Mashups? (Updated)

Whether you like the terms “web 2.0” or “mashup” at all, it’s tough to argue that themes underlying these concepts were not a big story this year. Something that has been lurking at the back of my mind, however, is why so much of this energy has been focused on content as opposed to commerce. I have been playing around with Yahoo’s Shoposphere since it launched and it is kinda cool. But what I have been wondering for awhile now is why all of the energy focused on creating content or mapping mashups hasn’t spilled over to e-commerce.

Specifically, it seems to me that there are a lot of discrete sources of good product reviews (Amazon, eBay, CNet product reviews, epinions, etc), good price comparison services, and basic information about products. However, there is no really good way to stitch this all together. For example, Amazon has great product reviews. So does epinions. So do lots of other places. There are also some blogs that are great sources of information that aids consumers looking at products to purchase. Why not roll up all of this info into one place to give consumers a more complete vision of what the web community is saying about a given product or market? There would be some clear opportunities to leverage reputation and source authoritativeness when culling the reviews out there. If you add in the ability to integrate some form of social awareness (products that your friends have purchased, blogs or information sources that your friends use, etc) similar to the pick lists in the Yahoo! Shoposphere, you could have a neat little shopping application that would give much more complete information in terms of product reviews, price comparison, and social awareness.

It also seems to me that it would be pretty easy to monetize something like this. The basic model would be to get a cut of transactions for any sales that are completed with a partner. You could also run some ads on the side, just for kicks.

I have been on the hunt for interesting e-commerce mashups and haven’t really seen any. If you have seen anything interesting, email me and let me know.

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