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EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 1982 - February 20, 2009 - ISSN 1539-5065    1 of 5

eBay to Pull Plug on Old Search in April

By Ina Steiner
EcommerceBytes.com
February 20, 2009




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eBay will retire its old search technology in April 2009, it told users on Thursday. Last year it introduced new search technology designed to make it faster and easier for shoppers to find what they were looking for, including an auto-complete feature that "anticipates" what you're typing in the search box.

According to the announcement, while the vast majority of eBay users are using the new search engine, 90 percent of buyers and sellers had been able to opt out of using it.

eBay also said it would expand its practice of using product details (formerly known as "pre-filled item information") in listings and said using them is one of the best ways to boost exposure in the new search.

Link to announcement

Related Story: "TIMEblaster's Steve Taylor Talks about eBay Search Technology" (Link)

About the author:

Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.

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