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In a world where print media is collapsing, it would seem that fashion magazines could easily make a case for why they’ll still exist in the future. As great as their content may or may not be, a large part of their success is about seeing the pictures of the hot new fashions. But there’s an online site that arguably does that better too, Polyvore . And they just got a big bag of new money to expand their service. The service, which just crossed 4 million unique visitors and 150 million pageviews a month, allows web shoppers to pull their favorite items any online store and mix and match to create personalized outfits online. Users can then share their creations with friends, and, most importantly, anyone can then buy the items shown.
As “Fashion 2.0″ sites continue to innovate, the social component of these style-focused sites becomes an important tool for viral growth. Weardrobe, a site focused on capturing and sharing the street style of web users, was recently acquired by Like.com And we’ve written about Polyvore, the startup lets web shoppers pull their favorite items any online store and mix and match to create personalized outfits online. Users can then share their creations on the site and can then buy the items shown. The site is seeing rapid growth, with over 6 million unique visitors per month thanks to new branding efforts and the launch of Facebook Connect. Polyvore’s virtual styling tool allows people to mix and match products from any online store to create fashion collages, called “sets,” and collections that can then be embedded in other sites.
Polyvore , founded by ex-Yahoo’er Pasha Sadri ( he created Yahoo Pipes ) will appeal to the fashionistas out there in the world. Users install a bookmarklet and grab images from around the web (see demo here ) – this part is very similar to what Kaboodle , recently acquired by Hearst , does. They then take those images, plus any images others have uploaded, and create “sets” which are ensembles of individual items, put into, say, a complete outfit. Examples are here . Sets can be viewed by others, commented, rated, shared, embedded into websites (which I have done above), etc.
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Yahoo! Pipes is a web application from Yahoo! that provides a graphical user interface for building data mashups that aggregate web feeds , web pages , and other services, creating Web-based apps from various sources, and publishing those apps. The application works by enabling users to "pipe" information from different sources and then set up rules for how that content should be modified (for example, filtering).
Pinboard.In is a social bookmarking site that offers an easy import/ export in del.icio.us format, Nightly database backups to S3, Cached copies of all bookmarks, a “to read” status for later viewing, private bookmarks and private tags, and simplified bulk editing. Pinboard.In’s other initial features include Keep a local snapshot of the bookmarked page Optional setting to turn private bookmarks on by default. Prepending a tag with a period makes it invisible to others. Gmail-like star interface for bulk operations Minimalist view (no tag chevrons!) Lightweight UI (load fast, render fast) Tag algebra
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About Me My name is Maciej Cegłowski, I'm a painter and computer guy. I live everywhere I can. This site is a collection of blog posts and short essays I've been writing since 2002. These are mainly about travel and food.
Great concept. Tries to turn browsing into a game. For the moment, it appears early days, but I hope one day OTF becomes the Farmville for web browsing. by Oct 11
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Yahoo’s top mobile exec, Marco Boerries, is departing Yahoo, according to an internal email obtained by BoomTown that he sent to some staffers on Sunday. I have also confirmed Boerries’s departure with company insiders familiar with the situation. In a post Monday on a management restructuring at Yahoo (YHOO) that new CEO Carol Bartz is likely to unveil to the company this week–sources tell me it is now set to be announced internally tomorrow–I noted that Boerries was one of the more likely high-level execs to go.
Update : Yahoo ‘s official statement on the matter after the jump … This had been expected: Marco Boerries, the EVP for Connected Devices division at Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) for four years, and the head of its mobile efforts, is leaving the company, according to Kara . The news was in an internal e-mail sent to staff on Sunday.
Involver , a company that helps both brands and smaller businesses manage their presence on Facebook, Twitter, and other online portals, has launched a new dashboard they’re calling AMP. The dashboard allows brands to aggregate all of their inbound tweets, Facebook comments, and other messages on a single site, and it isn’t just for monitoring incoming content — you can also respond to messages directly from the page. Involver was founded in 2007 and boasts some big brands as clients, including Warner Brothers, American Apparel, Facebook, and Alicia Keys . They’re also touting some big stats: in terms of clients, they have 80,000 brands/agencies and 200 million ‘Like’ relationships on Facebook (at least, their clients do). That includes plenty of dupes (people who have Liked more than one brand that uses Involver), and some of these brands are probably only using an app or two, but it’s definitely impressive.
Nestoria is a search engine to find homes and property. Originally launched in the UK in 2006, Nestoria Spain was launched in 2007. As a vertical search engine, Nestoria aggregates qualified homes listings from property portals. Real estate portals channel their listings through Nestoria as a way of exposing further their offering. Google uses Nestoria as the Google Maps API case study.
Ed Freyfogle is co-founder of Nestoria- a real estate search engine in the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain. Prior work experience includes business development for Overture UK focusing on the local advertising space, and various engineering roles for Yahoo! Europe.