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Sat June 10 2006 16:35:41

Blogging from eBay Developers Conference

By: Ina Steiner

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Las Vegas in the middle of the night (or early morning by my body clock due to time change) did not make a good impression. From being herded through the airport like sheep to waiting 10 minutes to check in while being surrounded by smoking beer-drinkers, it was not fun. And when I was finally feeling human after showering the cigarette-smoke smell from my hair at 2 am, the people in the room next door decided to have a party.

But 5 hours of sleep did wonders, and I made my way through casinos over to the Mandalay Bay convention center, where coffee revived me - and the developers, who had partied last night at the House of Blues).

The keynote session demonstrated that eBay has diversified! More than online auctions, it is online payments, skype, shopping.com, prostores, etc.

eBay is eager to give developers the tools they need to create applications that will draw buyers and users to its properties. Sellers used eBay because it was easy. If developers can create applications that are easy to use that utilize the powerful tools eBay offers, then sellers will use them. Kind of like not having to learn HTML to build a website,…

For developers, of course, a big part of it is monetization - in many cases through affiliate programs. I’ll be speaking to execs to learn more over the next two days. And Julia Wilkinson, writer extraordinaire, is here too and will be reporting on the Devcon in Monday's Newsflash newsletter.

More later…..




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