EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 2566 - June 16, 2011     3 of 5

eBay Eyes Twitter and YouTube for Social Commerce Features

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eBay could be eyeing Twitter and YouTube to help it take advantage of the rise in social activities among shoppers as it launches new social features to the eBay marketplace. In an exclusive interview with AuctionBytes, eBay Marketplaces Vice President Christopher Payne said eBay's philosophy was to try "a whole bunch of things" in the social space.

Payne announced a new social shopping feature that uses Facebook to engage shoppers during his keynote address at the Internet Retailer conference taking place in San Diego this week.

However, he said, "There are many forces in the social world - I don't think it's a forgone conclusion" that Facebook is the winner in the social space. "I think it's wide open," he said, and referred to Twitter and YouTube. He called Twitter an "amazing force," and called Youtube a "phenom" in the social world.

Is eBay doing anything with Twitter or YouTube at this point?

"Nothing to announce yet," he said.

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