Yesterday we here at Yahoo! Shopping released a public API for you to play with. That's right, you shopping geeks, now you too can create your own comparison shopping site using our fabulous web service. Yip!
I want to see crazy things coming from you. What would Yahoo! Shopping look like in zero gravity? What if you could drag and drop everything onto your own personal virtual shopping donkey? What if comparing products was just like baking a big apple pie?
Go for it! The gauntlet is thrown. Let's see what you can do.
Here's something funny that happened to me the other day... On Sunday I was sitting in Lulu Carpenter's Coffee, drinking a double espresso over ice and surfing ye olde Internet. I was wearing an Apple T-Shirt. When this kid came up to me and said; "Hey, you work at Apple?"
I said, that I didn't.
"Then why are you wearing that shirt?" asked the post pubescent man boy.
"Because I like it." I said.
"And why are you using an HP laptop if you're wearing an Apple shirt?"
"I work at Yahoo!" I said.
Well this sent the guy spinning out of control. "Yahoo! What do you do? Where in Yahoo?"
I told him I was a product manager for Yahoo! Shopping.
"Yahoo! Shopping!" he yelped. "Let me tell you what's wrong with Yahoo! Shopping."
He proceeded to tell me that Yahoo! Shopping is too busy, too cluttered, has too many graphics, and needs to be simpler. "It needs to be like Craig's List!" He said that Craig's List was so easy. You just clicked on the link of what you wanted and you were there. If you wanted to refine your search, you just typed in what you were looking for. So simple!
All of a sudden this woman from the table next to mine quietly interrupted.
"Excuse me." She said. "But I tend to agree with what this young man is saying."
"About Craig's List?" I asked.
"No about Yahoo! Shopping... It's too busy. Too cluttered. I'd love for it to be easier to use and less complicated. I'd love for the page to be more simple."
This woman was in her 50s and seemed very sincere. Fantastic!
I said I agree 100% and promised to help.
But now they can help themselves! Luke (the kid's name was Luke), Luke if you're out there. Pick up our API and make Yahoo! Shopping just like Craig's List! Get your rocks off! Make it all blue text links and clean and simple. Go nuts. I'd llike to see it.
I dig when you get information out of the blue from people you don't know. And they open your eyes to things. I call these people "angels." Whether they're in a focus group or in a random coffee shop. I love hearing this stuff. But now with our web services, I can start seeing this stuff!
Have fun Luke!