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Mon June 11 2012 12:12:30

Google's Schemer: A Pinterest for Bucket Lists

By: Julia Wilkinson

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Social media sites seem to be constantly coming and going, and the field's getting cluttered, but a new site by Google called "Schemer" is one with an interesting twist: you plot and share things you want to do, or more to the point, want to do before you die. Ina Steiner said it was like a "Pinterest for Bucket lists," which I think is an apt description of it.

Often with these sites, an ecommerce aspect finds its way in, or sellers try to find a way to work it in (without being obnoxious). Lately everyone seems to be talking about how to use Pinterest to generate sales. In a recent Schemer blog post, the Schemer team says it will be scanning Google offers to match up deals to your activities wish list. So, for example, if "skydiving" is on your scheme list, "you might receive an email with a killer deal on a tandem jump from a skydiving company in your area." (Let's hope the word "killer" there is figurative and not literal!).

I was intrigued by Schemer and had fun putting in my first few ideas of things I've been wanting to do, including visit Geneva, Switzerland before I "buy the farm." I then saw a list of other people who also wanted to go there, as well as a list of people who had already been.

Presumably, as the cute retro-style Google Schemer "About" video puts it, I'll be motivated to "get off my butt" and do some of these things.

Have you seen the Schemer site and if so, what do you think of it? What do you think of its ecommerce potential, or do you think social media sites should not get too wrapped up in commercial offers?
 




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This user has validated their user name. by: Spartacus

Mon Jun 11 13:11:54 2012

I don't need any more social media sites to waste my precious time. As a merchant, every single social media site has been a huge waste of time. As a person, I'm quite sick of "sharing" and have no interest in what other time wasters feel compelled to share.

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by: Susan Averello This user has validated their user name.

Mon Jun 11 13:39:19 2012

I've tried a bunch, Google+, tumblr, twitter, etc but everyone I know is on FB,so I stay there mostly. Pinterest is cool but mostly it is for me and what I want to remember, if people follow me, good for them.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Al G

Mon Jun 11 19:45:51 2012

Social media for commerce is getting boring quickly - as fitting as this digital age is.

I think one gets better odds in Las Vegas (roulette come to mind) than trying to sell yourself on a social media site.

Perhaps one should think of the "local" individually owned store who managed to either - pass the store to their progeny/relatives and/or put their progeny/relatives through college to acquire a "better" life.

If you have a product, offer a service, able to hustle enough; adding another social media site is pushing declining incremental returns.

How much additional effort are you going to make for less dinero? Now the hot button is social media. If you haven't profited from it already, you have a better chance of going to med school & becoming a member of the military/industrial/medical complex. Certainly more renumerative.

Sorry guys, being a cheerleader for the "new economy" whilst dealing in "stuff" does not lift my skirt.

OK, OK, generating custom T-shirts interactively and the like does lift my skirt. BUT, how much of everyday commerce is that?

OK, I have my bucket list too, but owning/selling "stuff" is not on it. My personal view.

Peace, love & Cherry Garcia

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This user has validated their user name. by: permacrisis

Wed Jun 13 20:50:18 2012

What do I wanna see before I die? Why, GBAY.COM of course!

When will these gamer idiots "get off THEIR butts" and build the ultimate, killer person-to-person ecommerce site instead of endless chat rooms ad nauseum?



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