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Google vs eBay: First Round eBay

Looks like the lines have been drawn in the sand, and the nerds are stepping back to see what happens. eBay has pulled all of their text link advertisements from Google’s search engine in response to a party that Google has setup to conflict with eBay’s Live. The Google party, let freedom ring, is an attempt by Google to gets eBay stores to use Google Checkout, which eBay has blocked. eBay has said this is just one of those things they do to test to determine the best allocation of their advertising and marketing budget.

However, a source familiar with the situation said the move is an angry reaction by eBay’s management to Google’s decision to hold a protest party concurrent with the start of eBay Live, the company’s annual conference for merchants. Google has been reaching out to media to promote the party, aimed at eBay merchants who are upset that eBay doesn’t allow them to use Google’s Checkout online transaction system. eBay Live begins Thursday evening in Boston, which is the time and place Google has chosen for its protest party.

This person also said the situation is fast-developing and fluid, with high-ranking eBay executives holding meetings right now to discuss the extent of the decision. Source: eBay pulls ads from Google ad network

Here is the original blog announcement from Google.

Are you an online seller attending eBay Live! in Boston this week? If so, join us for a celebration of user choice at the Google Checkout Freedom Party on Thursday night (6/14). To get to the party, just hop on the classic Beantown trolley in front of the Boston Convention Center and follow the freedom trail to the Old South Meeting House. We?ll use the same spot where revolutionaries launched the Boston Tea Party to celebrate freedom with free food, free drinks, free live music — even free massages. Join us and bring a friend. RSVP here. Source: Let freedom ring

But guess what? If you click on the link in the article to RSVP, the webpage says “Thank you for your interest in attending. This event will no longer take place as originally planned. We apologize for any inconvenience.” So Google has already backed down, and I don’t see any ads from eBay showing up yet, but that can take a few minutes to start back up for sure. I guess we will have to wait for the official announcements from both companies.

Here is the official announcement from Google about them canceling the let freedom ring party.

eBay Live attendees have plenty of activities to keep them busy this week in Boston, and we did not want to detract from that activity. After speaking with officials at eBay, we at Google agreed that it was better for us not to feature this event during the eBay Live conference. Source: Update to our event on 6/14

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - June 13, 2007 at 7:01 pm

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Ebay Killer?

The big news this morning is everyone is saying Google is taking on ebay with their new Google base, where users post and make searchable any type of content. Google says they are just making it easier for users to give Google access to their content, just like the recently released Google sitemaps and their webcrawler, a bot who has been crawling the web continuously for years.

As a side note, they aren’t making it easier for this webmaster, as my site is no longer searchable in Google because of their recent update, you can, however, find references to my site on thousands of sites still in Google.

From the article,

A screenshot of a page for “Google Base” gives as examples of items that can be posted to Google’s server: “description of your party planning service,” “articles on current events from your Web site,” “listing of your used car for sale,” and “database of protein structures.”

“This is an early stage test of a product that enables content owners to easily send their content to Google,” a Google spokeswoman wrote in an e-mail. “Like our Web crawl and the recently released Google Sitemaps program, we are working to provide content owners an easy way to give us access to their content. We’re continually exploring new opportunities to expand our offerings, but we don’t have anything to announce at this time.”

It certainly appears to be a step in the ebay and craigslist direction, as items will only be listed for 31 days I think one blog said, but, if they allow links to other websites, such as ebay, then this could provide a lot of traffic to ebay users, imagine being able to post your items on ebay, and then directly link to them from google. Not even sure if this will be possible or even allowed, but if that would be the case, then it would help ebay more than hurt it. But, it doesn’t sound like it will be allowed, from a screenshot on the main login page it said,

Google Base is a database to which you can add all types of content. We’ll host your content and make it searchable online for free. You can describe any item you post with attributes, which will help people find it when they search Google Base.

Sounds like this could become very large and unwieldy, hope they have the manpower and the ability to manage it. As I can see from my logs they have trouble with the stuff they are supposed to do very well already.

1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - October 26, 2005 at 9:31 am

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Free Phone Calls For Everyone

According to eBay’s chief executive, we can all expect to make phone calls for free, with no per-minute charges. She says it will be free because of deals the carriers will make to sell advertising, or by getting a portion of transaction fees from users. From the AP via Yahoo.

“The percentage of users that you can actually charge for (phone services) will actually go down, so I actually agree with that and we understood that when we looked at Skype,” Whitman said in responding to the analyst’s question.

She said she expects the cost of all such calls to drop to zero and that by combining some of their electronic markets, eBay, with online payment systems, Paypal, and by using web based communications, skype, that they can emerge as THE leader in all such markets.

Skype, which allows free Web-based calls between members, ended September with more than 57 million registered users. EBay said it expects Skype to produce estimated revenues of $60 million in 2005, and more than $200 million in 2006.

Whitman said Skype’s explosive success, would — over the next several years — drive the cost of phone calls to nothing.

The chairman and chief executive of the world’s largest online auction site said the transition to completely free voice communications will not happen in the next year or two, but that could happen in the next three to six years.

She feels that the businesses with the largest number of users, will end up with the largest number of voice minutes and will end up with the best developers creating the best products that these users will actually want to pay for.

EBay said it had 168.1 registered users for its online auctions as of the end of September. It had 68.0 million active users who signed on to bid or sell in its electronic marketplace over the past 12 months. It had 86.6 million current accounts on its PayPal payment service

I’m up for free phone calls, now maybe they can buy Sprint and my cell phone can be free as well, hehe. I hope she’s right, but I somehow get the feeling that the phone companies might want to hang onto all of this revenue as long as they can.

3 comments - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - October 20, 2005 at 1:12 pm

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