Archive for the ‘E-commerce’ Category

Facebook is in its prime. Having received $240 million from Microsoft and introducing the Ad system in 2007, the number of users has gone from strength to strength. But where is Facebook going?

At the moment Facebook can not only be accessed directly but through various other sites and platforms like Xbox. This is thanks to the free Facebook Connect APIs which allows developers to create new bridges with Facebook.

Does this mean users spend less time on the main site? Or does this mean Facebook’s current definition changes as users migrate but stay connected. Maybe Facebook will break up into smaller more focussed areas. Will the groups become more advanced allowing users to control more of what and how they share?

Whatever happens, Facebook’s mix of users and games certainly is a very successful partnership, and as games inevitably improve, this part of Facebook certainly has the potential to grow into something exciting. And with its 400 million cross generational worldwide users, it’s database is a world-class directory when you want to find someone. Many companies now have a Fan Page, allowing social communication to go beyond just your friends but to include brand loyalty. So even though Facebook is a huge beast, some parts are going to be the key to driving the future Facebook forwards.

In the meantime Facebook have been working on the main site strategies, like today’s semantic update on the keywords advertisement system. Fresh thinking like this can only add value. As Mark Zuckerberg continues to evolve Facebook, it will be an interesting journey to watch considering we are moving into a very strong phase of social media from plethora of companies.

Find out more about Farmville at : http://www.farmville.com/

Update 16th March 2010

Facebook ousts Google as most popular U.S. site.

Read more about this article at :

http://ow.ly/1mVyY

Update 22nd April 2010

Following the F8 conference yesterday, it looks like we can now see what Facebook has been up to. Replacing the Connect Tool with Social Plug Ins and in the process attempting to connect users relationships with their online engagements through semantic meanings.  In the words of Zuckerman himself  “the most transformative thing we’ve ever done for the web.”


Find out more about the next evolution of Facebook at :

http://developers.facebook.com/blog/post/377

Find out more about the latest on Facebook, unofficially at :

http://www.allfacebook.com/

Music used to be simple. You heard a track on the radio, you purchased the record, you made tapes. Nice.

Then came the Internet, and that all changed. Peer-to-peer file sharing created the need for free music. Although file sharing still continues to exist, there is now a significant market for legal streaming services. Music lovers are streaming free music from a variety of sources like Spotify etc.

When Last FM arrived on the scene in 2002 they used a music recommender system called “Audioscrobbler”. It was slightly different with its streaming model in that it recommends music, videos and concerts based on what you listen to. They do this by telling you what other music people are listening to based on the choice of artist you have made. In March 2009 subscription services was introduced to some countries.

But what if it was the people instead of a computer system recommending music, add in the twist of being paid for those recommendations, then sharing music and more importantly making money, may have found a new model within the music industry.

Start-up mflow may have just come up with such a model. They understand that a lot of music that comes into our lives comes from recommendations and therefore could be used a source for music searchers everywhere. The big question is the catalog, without a choice users could find this model a turn off, and therefore the community could fall apart. It’s a good idea, but whether it can work is a bigger question.

Looking to launch in April 2010 mflow whose tag line is ‘music is better shared’, quote some of the following on their site :

We don’t want be told what we ‘might like’ by a software program.

We don’t want to stare at an empty search bar… “a whole world of music at my fingertips, and I can’t think of anything to look for…”

We don’t want to have to subscribe to anything.

We don’t want adverts.

We just want a way for our mates to send us music they think rocks.

Find out more about mflow at : http://www.mflow.com/

Updated 12/03/10, mflow were interviewed on Technology Unplugged Sky News, watch it now :

E-commerce can be looked at in a number of ways. This is due to reasons like product being sold, target audience in question, their geographical location, the competition in the marketplace etc.

As a shopping medium the Internet offers the option to create new avenues for E-commerce, many of recent have been orientated around auction houses and bidding strategies. Once in a while, inspiration can come from looking at a traditional market place from a different angle, or perhaps the business type in question has not been reflected online diligently enough for success. But they keep coming, and today’s inspiration comes from Cinderella Me.

Ladies Designer Shoes For Hire

They offer ‘Designer Shoe Hire’. That’s right, rent a pair of designer ladies shoes, that usually retail for hundreds of pounds, for just a fraction of that retail price. Designers likes Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin, Dior, Alexander McQueen and more are all up for rent. There are some obvious issues when you think about this since the items are not just valued highly but wear and tear must create a long enough time period for the product to go through a cycle which would yield a profit. Cinderella Me seems to have solved most of the issues in bringing this business online and have crafted an aesthetically pleasing site to match.

How long this business will continue for is again anyone’s guess. But to get it online and at least begin a new journey will be an inspiration to others to think outside of the box, to get their business idea out there.

Find out more about Cinderella Me at : https://www.cinderella-me.co.uk/

Content courtesy of Cinderella Me :

How many pairs of shoes can I hire any one time?

Just one pair at a time for now. However as you will see, a few shoes are available with matching handbag, so if you feel you want the complete package, please email us at sales@cinderella-me.co.uk

Are Cinderella Me shoes new – and if not, what is their condition?

All of our Products were new when purchased by us so will either be new or in new like condition when you hire them.  Bear in mind we will only be renting our Products eight times in order to ensure you receive them in fabulous condition. We have very high standards at Cinderella Me, each pair of shoes goes through a rigorous process of cleaning, hygiene and quality control before they are dispatched to our Members.

Why don’t you have my size in my favourite shoe?

We really hope that, as there are so many designs to choose from on Cinderella Me, you will find more than a few that you will just love to hire.  As our stock continues to grow, the choice will get wider. If we don’t have your size, it’s probably worth trying a half size up (if we have it), which will almost certainly work in a mule or slingback, while in a court shoe you might give “Party Feet” gel cushions a try.

See more frequently asked questions about Cinderella Me at : https://www.cinderella-me.co.uk/pages/FAQ.html

It is true that some new products are made for sale in the US before other countries, or that sometimes the product you are looking for is only available in the US. Whatever your reason, Bundle Box makes this process easier by providing you with that all important US postal address, making your purchases a breeze.

How it works

1. Register and get your Bundle Box.

2. Purchase items from US websites and send these to your Bundle Box.

3. Bundle your purchases and book a shipment.

4. Receive your purchases hassle free.

Find out more about Bundle Box at : http://www.bundlebox.com/

Apple has started banning many applications for its iPhone that feature sexually suggestive material, including photos of women in bikinis and lingerie, a move that came as an abrupt surprise to developers who had been profiting from such programs.

Read more from the article courtesy of the New York Times at :

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/23/technology/23apps.html

From another report :

Apple, There’s Pornography On My iPhone. The App Is Called Safari. You Made It.


Apple’s hypocrisy with regard to the App Store is something I know well. Several times last year I wrote about Apple allowing apps like “Asian Boobs” and upskirt apps into the App Store while rejecting things such as satirical apps that mocked public figures. It was ridiculous. So you might think I’d be happy that Apple is now rejecting and removing sexy apps from the App Store as well. But actually, the hypocrisy is much worse now.

Continued at Apple, There’s Pornography On My iPhone. The App Is Called Safari. You Made It.

Courtesy of MG Siegler at TechCrunch on 23.02.2010

New York based retailer  Singer22 have been embracing the Internet to help create sales by blogging about the brands celebrities are using.

Too keep up with the their world visit : http://singer22sblog.com/

Further Information :

CelebStyle.com is the definitive guide to what celebrities are wearing on and off the screen. See it. Want it. Get it.

http://twitter.com/heycelebstyle