October 26, 2000
Thinking globally about elections. While we wrestle with the issues and media onslaught of the current U.S. election campaign, the World Wide Web reminds us that ours is only one of many battles for voters being waged around the world. Klipsan Press, which publishes historical books on politics, provides a worldwide perspective at http://www.klipsan.com. From there, you can click on a guide to upcoming elections just about anywhere.
September 8, 1999 |
Epinions.com, the latest Web business based on the opinions of consumers, launches today with a site (http://www.epinions.com) that provides volunteer-supplied reviews of a wide range of consumer goods. In an adaptation of a model pioneered by Amazon.com, which appends consumer-provided reviews to its book descriptions, Epinions.com users can submit reviews of items ranging from computers to cars to sea cruises.
February 18, 2003 |
Internet search company Google Inc. has agreed to acquire Pyra Labs, the handful of Web developers who helped jump-start the personal publishing phenomenon known as blogging, Pyra's founder said. Word of the deal spread after Pyra Labs Chief Executive Evan Williams confirmed on his personal Weblog that his team of six developers would be joining Google.
December 3, 1999 |
Roger Ebert, Martha Stewart, Consumer Reports, Gallup polls and other product experts and professional pundits had better watch their backs. They've got a formidable new competitor: word-of-mouth recommendations by amateur critics that are flooding the Internet. Millions of neophyte critics and self-made pundits on the World Wide Web are suddenly reviewing and rating everything from vacation spots to books, sports stars to toaster ovens.
September 27, 1999 |
The soaps, cosmetics, vitamins and friendly neighborhood sales force that made Amway Corp. into a billion-dollar success story are now just a few computer keystrokes away. The direct-selling giant launched Quixtar, a new e-commerce site designed to sell its and other companies' products, on Sept. 1, but the change didn't come without some growing pains. The volume of people logging on to http://www.Quixtar.
May 26, 1999 |
Even before the newest entry in the "Star Wars" saga opened last week, a comic-book store clerk in Seattle had organized a group called the International Society for the Extermination of Jar Jar Binks and set up a Web site with an address that sounds like a battle cry: http://www.jarjarmustdie.com. From all indications, the digital animated character who debuted in "Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace" is irritating moviegoers across North America.