According to a story published out of Berlin, Germany via Reuters, police apprehended a 23 year old woman after she tried to sell her 8 month old son on Ebay. The mother told police it was a joke, but I don’t think the police thought it was funny. By the way, the Ebay auction read as follows:
Baby — collection only. Offer my nearly new baby for sale because it cries too much. Male, 70 cm long.
The opening bid was $1.57 with no bidders during the two hours the auction was online before being yanked off shortly there after. Perhaps the crying aspect of the deal put people off from bidding. Would you buy someone on eBay, let alone a baby?
In a recent post, I described a conversation I had with my father concerning invitations and if there was a business opportunity in the making by perhaps, selling these invitations. Here is what was discussed.
I asked my dad if he thought that perhaps, there would be some sort of business opportunity surrounding invitations to these new services. Allow people to bid on an invite or pay a low price. My father responded by saying “people won’t pay for something that is free, or that they could obtain by some other means.”
Turns out, my father was wrong. While browsing around on Ebay, I came across a few auctions in which the item being sold was an invitation to GrandCentral, the new service which was acquired by Google. Here is a link to an auction that has already ended as you can see, there are other auctions taking place, asking for as much as $10.00 for the invitation.
Now I can’t wait to tell my dad that people are willing to pay money for something that really has no monetary value. Would you be willing to pay for an invite?
Over the course of 20 days in May and June, the community of Webware.com users voted for its favorite Web applications. The winners consist of the top 100 Web apps, 10 in each of 10 categories, determined by Webware readers and the fans of the sites that made the final cut.
There were more than 5,000 nominations for sites to be included in this awards program, which Webware’s editors pruned to a list of 250 finalists. Users then voted on those finalists–there were 489,467 votes cast–to come up with these: Click on the following link to view the top 100 Webware sites for 2007.
Here is a list of the number 1 web applications from their respected categories.
Mobile: Gmail Mobile
Productivity and Commerce: Ebay
Congratulations to all of the web application authors who took the number one spot in their respected category. The winners of the Webware contest will now be able to publish an award logo issued by Webware which will most likely be prominently displayed on the winners website. It will be interesting to see who the winners are next year, considering the amount of change that takes place in a years time.