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Friday, December 26, 2008

Tweebay Could Revolutionize Online Auctions

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As if 2008 wasn't hard enough for eBay, now it has Twitter to compete with. Developer Paul Rawlings just launched Tweebay,  the radical new version of online auctions.

I discovered this new market during my read through TechCrunch . On its surface, Tweebay looks like its still in desperate need of some fine-tuning. Here's a general overview of the auction process as it stands:

  • You have 240 characters to describe your item and can upload one photo, so use it wisely.
  • Every time you post an item for sale,bid or make any type of transaction on Tweebay, you'll receive a Direct Message on Twitter to confirm its you.
  • Shoppers can browse through 22 different categories, ranging from antiques to video games.
  • As of today, there's no standard method of payment. The buyer and the user must reach an agreement.

Since Tweebay is in its initial stages, it's too early to predict how much of an impact it could have on e-commerce and auction sites such as eBay. Facebook launched a market last year, but it's failed to generate notable momentum, and it's buried underneath dozens of other applications on the cluttered interface.

By Matt O'Hern at 05:01 PM | Comments (5)

(5) Thoughts on Tweebay Could Revolutionize Online Auctions

Thankyou for the kind words. Tweebay started life as a project to show how awesome Twitter is. Since people seem to like the service, we will be putting in lots of cool features over the next few days.

Happy Christmas,
Paul

Comments by Paul Rawlings : Saturday, December 27, 2008 at 08:22 AM

eBay lawyers are going to eat you alive for trademark infringements. I can't believe how naive founder was for choosing Twe"ebay"... you are a lawyers dream...

Comments by lol : Sunday, December 28, 2008 at 12:52 PM

Tweebay / eBay users should also consider using iList.com as a social classified alternative.

Comments by Brad Seraphin : Monday, December 29, 2008 at 02:01 PM

Interesting name. Maybe the owners exit strategy is to be bought out by eBay ?!

Comments by online auction : Thursday, January 01, 2009 at 05:41 PM

Hey!

Tweebay has now been re-branded to Tweba.

Check it out http://www.tweba.com and follow @tweba

Cheers
Rob

Comments by Rob T Smith : Friday, May 01, 2009 at 12:32 PM

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