A Second-Wave-Dot-Com Success

February 22, 2010

Etsy, an up and coming if not already prominent art based site on the web, has gained the reputation of fitting the checklist for a second-wave-dot-com success. This site, similar to eBay, has been thriving off of artisans work while keeping the integrity of the pieces and the type of site it is.

I have actually been on Etsy’s site many times and find it really fascinating to see what they have picked up and from whom. The user-generated content has not only helped both the artist and them gain a profit, but has kept alive this feel of original art unaffected by corporations or mainstream trends.

The way this online business was created sounds similar to the way Google and other small starting big idea organizations have, so it is easy to see how people think it has the ability to be a dot com success. This made me wonder…what other sites offer artists a place to show and sell their original work for Internet surfers and art enthusiasts to discover?

One site I realized was somewhat similar to Etsy, as well as one I was purchasing from, is called Threadless. This site allows artists to design the prints and art on t-shirts and present it on this site to the public. Etsy also harnesses the power of word-of-mouth and content created by artists. So maybe this is another user-generated, art based site that may be another dot com success.

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I think some of the online auction sites are organized based on the date items are placed on the site and the popularity of the type of item. Many times the popularity of the item is decided not by the site but by the people who visit and their ranking of objects.

This lends itself to interactivity in that people are placing their original items or previously owned stuff (making this user-generated content) on a site for sale. Much like the Threadless and Etsy site I talked about above. Other interactivity includes the ability for shoppers to choose what items they want to view and even choose what price range or the time they were posted online. There is also a feedback option where people can rate not only quality of what’s being sold, but the quality of the person shipping the item to them.

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Taxi Magic

October 2, 2009

“TAXI!”

It always felt like a feat to hail a cab (especially in a busy city). “You have to be aggressive. Loud. Wave your hand out there.” That was my first set of tips or advice from a friend when I was attempting to get a ride from the renowned yellow car while in Washington, D.C. one fall.

It might as well have been right out of the movies. I failed several times, taxi’s flying by in a blur of color ignoring me. When I finally succeeded, my friends and I realized we had no cash on us.

Plan B. We decided to call and find out the availability of the cab drivers only to discover that we would be waiting for several hours before one could reach us. Ok, on to plan C. Walk back.

Now there is an invention that makes this challenge a bit easier to handle. Taxi Magic is an online and iPhone application, which allows a person to send a message to a taxi company informing them of your need to be picked up along your current location. Once the company receives the message, they will immediately text you back with the drivers name and time that they will pick you up.

Don’t have any cash on you? Well that’s alright, cause you created an account with the application that has a certain balance the company can charge to. No need to visit an ATM for the cash.

Pretty convenient huh? This innovative invention is taking the stress out of hailing or booking a cab, and adding a little more organization. Taxi Magic is currently being utilize in larger cities such as San Francisco, LA, Chicago, Pittsburgh, San Diego and Washington, D.C.

For more information, check out their website at http://taximagic.com/ or search through the applications you can apply to your iPhone.