Monthly Archives: May 2009

Ebay Watch: eBay and Online Marketplace News

This week eBay wraps up user agreement revisions and iOffer launches a new bulk uploader. Plus we take a look at a new niche site for buying and selling used medical equipment.

In other online marketplace news, iOffer has announced a bulk editor that will help its sellers to edit multiple item listings more easily and also to maintain current inventory. With the bulk editor, iOffer says that sellers can update an item’s price, quantity, condition, description and shipping in three simple steps, allowing sellers to focus on marketing and customer satisfaction.

Another handy feature, shipping profiles, lets sellers create multiple profiles and apply them to different listings. For example, you may want to specify some items for international shipping, or you might want to apply free shipping on other listings. With this new feature, you can attach a shipping profile to existing or new item listings.

Ebay Watch: eBay and Online Marketplace News
By Vangie Beal, May 27, 2009

Three For Free: Web Tools for Your Business Site or Blog

Every Web shop owner needs a little help now and again, especially when you want to boost your site’s functionality and visual appeal on a small budget. 

In this roundup, we provide an overview three tools that you can download—or easily add to your site with cut-and-paste code. Best of all, they’re free to try and, if you want access to all the tools’ features, inexpensive to license.

Three For Free: Web Tools for Your Business Site or Blog
By Vangie Beal, May 26, 2009

Nifty Tech Terms You Can Use (#8): mopy

Looking for interesting tech terms to spice up your blog or tech articles? Mopy is an interesting term that you can use when describing fast multifunction printers (MFPs) that are used to create originals from files, rather than creating copies from the original. The MFP used for this process is referred to as a mopier.  This is the Webopedia.com definition for mopy;

mopy: A slang term that combines the words multiple original prints (plus the “y” from the word “copy”). The term is used to refer to the increasing use of fast, multifunction printers (MFPs) to create multiple original copies of documents, as opposed to using photo copiers. When using MFPs, the word mopy can replaces the common word copy, where the equipment would be referred to as a mopier (instead of copier).

Definitions to 1,125 Text message Abbreviations

The Text Messaging Abbreviations Quick Reference has been updated over on Webopedia.com, and now contains the definitions to more than 1,125 chat abbreviations.

  • APACAll praise and credit
  • ASLAge/sex/location
  • BFFLNMWBest friends for life, no matter what
  • GRATZCongratulations
  • SIG2RSorry, I got to run
  • VNVery nice
  • YBSYou’ll be sorry
  • ZUPMeaning “What’s up?”

You can read the full list of chat abbreviations here.

Webopedia’s Online Chat Guide is compiled and maintained by Vangie Beal
Last updated: May 21, 2009

Etsy Seller Profile: The Dreamy Giraffe

A successful artist and Etsy seller talks about her work and strategies for Web-shop success.

The decision to be a self-employed artist was a good choice; however Jeffords says that nearly a year after listing on eBay, sales started to taper-off. Around that time she discovered Etsy, a popular niche alternative site that offers crafty sellers a platform for selling all things handmade. After some initial research, Jeffords decided to use Etsy as the main venue for selling her artwork.

“In using Etsy I found a community of people doing what I love to do,” she said.

 Seller Profile: The Dreamy Giraffe
By Vangie Beal, May 20, 2009

Online Social Media Glossary

When it comes to the Internet and technologyespecially social media, it is amazing how quickly new words, acronyms, and slang words are created and used online. For those looking to boost their blogging, Facebook or Twitter vocabulary (or those wanting to understand what these new acronyms and words mean) Webopedia.com has a social media category that defines nearly 50 social media terms, like  A-List blogger, Digg This, faceosphere, Fail Whale, microblog, tagging, and Twidroid to name a few. Check out Webopedia’s Social Media Glossary for terms and definitions.

Mobile Browsing Popular in Atlantic Canada

Atlantic Canadians are captivated by mobile surfing, according to a new poll (conducted by Ipsos-Reid on behalf of Rogers Wireless). The poll suggests that 26 per cent of wirelessly connected Canadians aged 18-34 are accessing the Web from their mobile devices everyday, and of that, 65 per cent are browsing from their mobiles multiple times a day.

So what are Canadians doing when they mobile surf? The study found that 70 per cent of wirelessly connected Canadians are accessing the mobile Internet for personal e-mail and that thirty-six per cent of respondents use mobile devices to search for information. More than one quarter are browsing the web from their mobiles at least once a day, with half of those accessing popular social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter directly from their mobile devices.

This study is out just as the HTC Dream and HTC Magic smartphones, the first cellphones in Canada powered by the Android platform, are preparing for their big Canadian debut (on Rogers’ 3.5,  7.2 Mbps High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA) network).

Both handsets feature a 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus and camcorder mode, which allows users to film video and upload directly from their handset to YouTube. Both handsets also feature an accelerometer for sensing movement and a digital compass for complete orientation data, as well as microSD storage that’s expandable up to 16GB. Canadians can experience the joy of Android on June 2, 2009.