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Newspapers

Interesting "manifesto" re: newspapers, Winning Online.

Particularly section #3, Vertical Partnerships.

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Posted by Sean O'Rourke on September 6, 2006 at 4:35 PM
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R.I.P. Cairo.com

Followed a link on a newspaper site to cairo.com, and was hit with a PPC-page for egypt travel deals, instead of a local shopping engine. Alexa.com illustrates the rise and fall of their traffic.

R.I.P. Cairo.com
Posted by Sean O'Rourke on September 6, 2006 at 10:50 AM
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Local Coupons on Google Maps

via the very cool Google Maps Mania site:

Google is adding local coupons to Maps!

Click above for example and screenshot.

Local Coupons on Google Maps
Posted by Sean O'Rourke on August 15, 2006 at 6:55 AM
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Cairo.com Funding

Old news from November: additional funding for Cairo.com. see: SiliconBeat

Cairo.com Funding
Posted by Sean O'Rourke on December 23, 2005 at 8:28 AM
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StepUp gets funding from VCs, grief from alarm:clock

It has been awhile since I looked into StepUp, but alarm:clock has a frank review of the service.

StepUp gets funding from VCs, grief from alarm:clock
Posted by Sean O'Rourke on December 16, 2005 at 10:41 AM
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Rage Against the Newpaper Machine

And I thought I was passionate about my industry...

The Changing Rules of Journalism:
The Role of Editors and Reporters in the Future.

Bob Cauthorn, City Tools. (hour-long presentation)

Going to save this link in case I acquire an immunity to coffee.

huge hat tip: pc4media

Rage Against the Newpaper Machine
Posted by Sean O'Rourke on June 22, 2005 at 9:03 AM
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A9 Introduces the Visual Yellow Pages

Wow!

A9's "block view" is trying to change the way we interact with the Yellow Pages.

Try it: "starbucks seattle" brings up listings like this one for Starbucks.

A decade ago, who would have thought we would be able to have so much interaction with the yellow pages? Will usage of the paper yellow pages become one of the markers of old age, like ten-cent movies and walking uphill in the snow -- both ways -- were for our grandparents?

I'm already liking several of the features. Each listing comes with a large default photo, and several smaller photos taken at different angles. You do not even need to click the thumbnails to enlarge them, the change is made in real-time simply by hovering your mouse over them. Also, there is a check box under each thumbnail that allows visitors to vote on the best image of the business.


Also, if you know me, you know I kinda have a thing for structured information. So does Amazon.com, as we can see by clicking on a "Update Business Info" link, which leads to a form that includes the following structured fields:

Products and Services

Services: [ ] Delivery [ ] After Hours [ ] Pick Up [ ] Repair

Hours of Operations: (drop-down boxes for all types of hours)

Languages Spoken: English Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (Mandarin), Esperanto, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese, Other _____

Payment and Offers

Terms of Payment: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover Diners Club, JCB, Personal Checks, Travelers Checks, Cash, Insurance, Purchase Orders, Government Contracts, Cash On Deliver, Foreign Currency, Money Orders, Financing Available

Free Estimate/Assement: Yes, No, N/A

Senior Discount: Yes, No, N/A

Wholesale, Business-to-Business: Yes, No

Retail, Business-to-Consumer: Yes, No

The form also includes numerous unstructured fields, such as Slogan or Tagline, Key Services and Product Offering, Brands Sold or Represented, Associations & Affiliations, Licenses & Certifications, Special Offers, Guarantees, yada yada yada.

How does this compare to the other Internet Yellow Pages (IYPs)? This could be cause for an Internet Yellow Pages Shootout.


Amazon.com has a cute yellow tab for the Yellow Pages with the little "walking fingers" image.

How prominant will this tab be when the service comes out of beta?

Further reading & discussion at Threadwatch.

via Search Engine Watch

A9 Introduces the Visual Yellow Pages
Posted by Sean O'Rourke on January 27, 2005 at 9:17 AM
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A Local Shopping Search Question

How long until one of the general shopping search engines adds a local shopping search component?

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Posted by Sean O'Rourke on January 12, 2005 at 5:50 PM
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Super-Short Summary of Local Shopping Search Engines

StepUp.com = local product finder
ShopLocal.com = local deal finder
LiveDeal.com = virtual yard sale

Super-Short Summary of Local Shopping Search Engines
Posted by Sean O'Rourke on January 12, 2005 at 2:28 PM
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Shopping Search Week 2004 at Search Engine Watch (1 of 4)

Day #1 - includes the top shopping search engines according to Hitwise, plus an overview of local shopping search engines.

Shopping Search Week 2004 at Search Engine Watch (1 of 4)
Posted by Sean O'Rourke on January 2, 2005 at 6:06 PM
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