eBay Unveils Project Aimed At Developers

Echo still in early stages, though

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eBay may be a slow learner, but it is at least picking up on a few things.  Now that almost all of the popular tech companies have made some sort of nod to developers, the auction site is beginning to encourage the integration of applications into its Selling Manager tool.

Project Echo, as the developer initiative’s known, is currently classified as an alpha pilot; it’s not expected to reach beta stage until early next year.  Quick earnings or PR turnarounds are pretty much out of the question, then, and interest (as represented by the number of posts on the new Project Echo Forum) appears low so far.

Still, Rafe Needleman writes that this "[s]eems like a good extension for the eBay economy.  And eBay needs to keep ahead of the curve in this department–28 percent of all listings are through third-party tools, according to [Senior Director of Mobile Platform and Disruptive Innovation] Mancini.  That adds up to 6 billion API calls a month."

eBay intends to check and approve Project Echo applications for trustworthiness, and once the apps become widely available, something called the Echo Promotion Engine is supposed to introduce relevant ones to certain sellers.

It looks like we may have to wait another six or ten months in order to hear any more details.

eBay Unveils Project Aimed At Developers
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    • http://www.squidoo.com/ocdcollectibles dissatisfied ebay customer

      This is an interesting subject that has a forum thread running over 1,500 posts long in complaints just over 2 weeks of time. There are 5% of ebay users, mostly sellers who have been forced to be ebay test subjects without the option of opting out of the test. It has impaired the community, and has forced sellers to actually pull their thousands of listings because they cannot manage their sales with an inoperable and dysfunction tool for selling,


      Many of these folks have posted threads other than the main feedback thread that was created by ebay employee "ceril" who has done little to respond or correct the programming and refuses to acknowledge that there is such a high level of dissatisfaction among ebay’s selling constituents that were already unhappy with the recent changes in other facets of selling in their auction site.


      The testing continues to be forced down the throats of over 5% of the membership to no avail. No responses, no care, no customer service, and nothing but canned responses.


      The test is flawed, and has cut a lareg share of listings out of ebay’s total.

      This will also impair their income. And the stock has already closed even lower this morning than yesterday. I see it heading below 25 shortly when this news comes out in the public sector which it will, very soon!

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