|Wed Feb 13 2013 08:43:55|
EcommerceBytes Publishes 3000th Issue of Newsflash
By: Ina and David Steiner
We're not generally into celebrating milestones, but this one seemed like it was worth mentioning. Today, February 13, 2012, EcommerceBytes published the 3,000th issue of Newsflash.
Twelve years ago on January 21, 2001, EcommerceBytes published the first issue of Newsflash for online sellers; the first article in the first Newsflash newsletter was about an eBay outage. At the time, EcommerceBytes, formerly called AuctionBytes, had been publishing its Update newsletter for over a year, when it recognized the need for a newsletter that objectively reported daily news for online merchants and marketplace sellers. Both newsletters are now sent to nearly 50,000 subscribers and the site receives over five million page views monthly.
In 2001, when social networking referred to mingling at cocktail parties, EcommerceBytes covered not only eBay auctions, but Yahoo and Amazon auction sites as well. That year, eBay's major enhancement to search was adding the ability to sort search results by ending date and price. In 2002, Newsflash covered eBay's first eBay Live user conference. We blogged the event at a time when you still had to explain what a blog was.
Over the years, EcommerceBytes Newsflash covered the evolving ecommerce industry from its early days when sending checks for online purchases was the norm to today, when consumers are using mobile phones to shop and pay for purchases. EcommerceBytes was present when eBay argued before the Supreme Court in an intellectual property dispute over patents, and in Delaware when Craigslist and eBay aired their dirty laundry in a corporate governance trial.
EcommerceBytes has broken major stories of importance to online merchants and has been featured in John Battelle's "The Search," Adam Cohen's "The Perfect Store," Daniel Nissanoff's "FutureShop" and Michael Banks' "Blogging Heroes."
The NewsFlash newsletter archives on EcommerceBytes going back to 2001 offer a timeline of the ecommerce industry, made all the more important when you realize that many of the articles published 14 years ago by other publications are no longer available.
Three thousand issues is a lot of miles logged, and sometimes you have to look up from your work to appreciate where the journey has taken you. The industry doesn't remotely resemble the landscape we saw when we started, and we're proud that many of the readers who took the time to discover us over a decade ago are still readers today. Our aim is to give online merchants a world-class resource; one that is trustworthy, responsible, objective and transparent. We hope that we're achieving those goals, and continue to improve over the next 3,000 issues.