From the Editor - April 21, 2013
By Ina Steiner
Each April, David and I walk down to the Boston Marathon route, which crosses through our town, and we cheer on the wheelchair racers and runners, and this past Monday started off no differently. In Boston, you never know if you're going to get a heat wave, rain, or even snow showers. But this year's Marathon Monday, which is also a state holiday called Patriots Day, started off as a beautiful day - not too hot for the runners, and not too cold for the spectators who line the 26.2-mile course from Hopkinton to Boston.
There was no premonition that the race would end in tragedy, with terrorists setting off bombs at the finish line. It has been a heart-breaking week, and I'm guessing many of us are still trying to process it. But there have also been moments of pride and solidarity as the people of Boston and around the country came together and helped each other out.
One of the images that stays in my mind is of the spectator in a cowboy hat, Carlos Arredondo, who ran toward the explosion at the marathon finish line and saved a man's life. There were other stories of bravery and heroism even as more tragedy unfolded on Friday with the killing of a college security officer and the wounding of a transit security officer as the bombing suspects were tracked and finally captured.
Even as tragedy played in the background on the TV, internet and social networking sites, we took comfort in the everyday tasks of taking care of family and keeping up with work and reporting news impacting readers, and it was a busy news week. Among other developments, eBay reported first quarter earnings; Amazon will report its earnings on Thursday.
Today's lineup includes articles on shipping, marketing and a look at an online marketplace with a special focus. Julia Wilkinson's piece may help you put more money in the bank as she looks at a shipping carrier-audit service. Greg Holden looks at the Shop.ca marketplace, and Mark O'Neil takes a look at the Vine video service and how companies are using it as part of their social networking marketing strategies - you may have seen Vine videos on Twitter or Facebook.
Having read Mark's piece when he submitted it, I was inspired to finally try Vine. Here is a link to my first Vine video posted to Twitter on the morning of April 15th: crowds cheering the wheelchair racers in Monday's Boston Marathon. Click on the volume button to hear Dennis Porter serenading as the crowd cheers the marathoners.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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