Daniel Logue

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

The revolution that is flippid.com

I've been blogging over at the flippid blog since the start of this whole project, but really neglected to throw my own spin on some of the stuff we're doing over there - thus, I thought I'd fire up my own blog here at blogger and start blabbing away. (I'll also be talking about related industry news, and stuff that I think is cool)

What in the world are we doing?

Flippid is a new marketplace (isn't that market bloated enough?). But this marketplace has an emphasis on community. It also flips the marketplace concept around, placing the power in the hands of the buyer.

We're truly aiming to match buyers and sellers in a way that has never been done before. We're already seeing lots of successful matches. iPods, cell phones, computers; the tech crowd is finding what they want.

We let buyers post what they're looking for, and let sellers bid to sell it to them. Haven't you ever wanted to name your price and let folks compete just to sell to you? (I understand there's a glut of PS3's out there.)

So where's the community element? The content on flippid is really powered by user generated content. You don't see fancy ads all over the place - in fact, you don't see any ads at all. Most of the featured content is pulled either by the popularity of the post or by random rotation. We do feature some of the cooler BuyOff's and Ads, but that's just because we want to show off what flippid users are doing. We've got extensible profile pages - you can really go nuts with CSS to customize your profile anyway you want. We've definitely taken a lesson from MySpace in that regard.

We've got RSS feeds for just about everything, neat JavaScript snippets for adding flippid stuff to your own site, and plenty of cool stuff in the works. Check it out if you haven't yet and drop me a line.

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