eBay Dives into Web 2.0

Posted by: Rob Hof on June 14, 2006

eBay, arguably the original Web 2.0 company, is sure latching onto the newfangled 2.0 stuff. Today, it announced eBay Wiki, with service hosted by JotSpot. It’s intended to allow members to offer their own expertise on any eBay topic they know about, and for people to find answers to questions that eBay itself may not have anticipated. That’s on top of eBay Blogs, also announced today, that let members create their own blogs to promote their business or indulge their collectible passion. They’re both naturals for a site that has rightly prided itself on enabling a community to be formed around commerce.

Whether eBay’s sellers, who pay the bills, will take to this real soon, though, is questionable. When Bill Cobb, president of eBay North America, introduced the eBay Wiki to a huge crowd tonight at eBay Live!, there was a noticeable dead silence. Clearly, these folks aren’t spending a lot of time on Wikipedia.

Still, I wouldn’t be surprised if eBay members eventually take to these services and add their own inimitable wrinkles. And that may give both services a boost among regular folks.

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June 14, 2006 06:19 PM

I believe ebay wiki will be a success.
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Peter

June 15, 2006 09:27 AM

The problem with all eBay functions is the fact that eBay wants to control what eBay seller do.

You can't

- send people to your own site
- criticize eBay
- use other payment systems
- advertise your stuff on their boards

All eBay is looking for is more money from us sellers. And when we ask for help, we don’t get it. You get everything on eBay, just not help from eBay.

Now they are telling us that "selling internationally on eBay should be a privilege, not a right." What is next?

Iteye

December 3, 2006 10:51 AM

Web 2.0 is a great phenomenom and any website/organisation that is able it off is very much commended.
I have a forum http://www.360Nigeria.com and I am aiming to develop it using Web 2.0 methods i.e user generated content.

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