Sunday, October 24, 2010

Link roundup

1. "Cast your mind back to July. Fast Company launched its 'Influence Project,' a scheme supposedly designed to see who has the most influence online. The results are in! And the winners aren’t anyone that Fast Company mentions in its write-up about the project. That’s how stupid the entire thing was." Via.

2. Cory Doctorow's review of the book Confessions of a Conjuror is a great read. (I'll certainly pick it up if it makes it to paperback.)

3. Seth Godin asks a good question - - why is Amazon's search function so terrible? If you find a book you're interested in, Amazon does a pretty good job of recommending other similar books. But the basic search function, if you don't have a specific book in mind, is all but useless.

*Buy vintage magician posters at Amazon.


  1. Re: #3: I've had similar issues selling designer toys and housewares on Amazon. They contacted me a couple years ago to see if I wanted to try out putting some products up on their site, since I sell such unusual items. I thought it was a cool idea, so I went through the lengthy and complex process of setting up listings for a dozen or so items that I thought might be a good fit. Once I had uploaded them to Amazon, I literally could not locate my items on EVEN WHEN SEARCHING FOR THE EXACT KEYWORD PHRASES I used in the titles of the items. The search feature turned up nothing, for each and every one of my items. (Coincidentally, since then a member of my family was hired at Amazon and moved out to Seattle to work there. He's tried several times to work with people internally at Amazon to figure out why my items never show up on searches, and those people never could figure it out.)

  2. That's definitely been my experience.