Posted by: Rob Hof on August 16, 2005
“For instance, check out fatlens.com. That site sells tickets. Search for, say, Dave Matthews, and it queries eBay, among others, and brings back what tickets are available and the current price.
Are you noticing a theme yet? I think we’re about to see a revolution in retailing. Someone could build an interesting new store using a combination of Google Maps or MSN Virtual Earth, Amazon, eBay, and other Web services. … If I were a kid I’d be building an online retail store.”
And it’s not just eBay that’s enabling this to happen. Amazon, Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and others are opening up their features to outsiders who can mash them up into entirely new services—not just retail stores but many kinds of businesses. To be honest, it makes me a little dizzy trying to figure out how all this will play out. But it’s a good dizzy, you know, that euphoric kind you got when you were a kid spinning in circles on the grass and falling over as the world wheels crazily around you.