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    Gift guides, does anyone use them?
    Almost all merchants sites have one of these of some description, so I can find what I can give uncle Joe and spend no more than $25 knowing that he's a sedenatry Anabaptist with a penchant for the louche.

    BUT - does anyone ever use them? Is it worth my while having one of my own or linking to merchants who do? Some of them are very sophisticated, I tend to look through them and then ignore them completely - but then I'm pretty sure the way I shop is not the norm.

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    JUDGING BY THE FACTS: According to Overture, "gift idea" is the MOST searched phrase (from those including the word "gift"). Monthly search volume: 1,949,807 (which is 3 times more than just a plain search for the word "gift"; search volume: 646,015). Sounds like they are looking for ideas.

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    I make my own

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    Quote Originally Posted by HardwareGeek
    I make my own
    That's what I'm wondering about - I presume you mean your own selection from items on your site? Do you know if it's worth it or not?

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    I make my own also, the content is King on those babies
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    I think they would be very valuable. I use them.
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    Sounds like a great idea for a site.

    Picture something like 20 questions (see http://www.20q.net/ and I bet you can't pick something that the AI can't guess!). Except, it'll ask questions about the recipient and suggest gifts. If AI can guess virtually any item you can think of, surely it can come up with some good gift ideas, too.

    Also, imagine the free publicity you would get with a site like this!

    Now, how to program it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Ward
    That's what I'm wondering about - I presume you mean your own selection from items on your site? Do you know if it's worth it or not?
    Yeah I make a 10 gadgets geeks want for christmas every year and its work it since a lot of times the companies send me the stuff I recomend and I tend to get a few sales from it as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelColey
    Sounds like a great idea for a site.

    Picture something like 20 questions (see http://www.20q.net/ and I bet you can't pick something that the AI can't guess!). Except, it'll ask questions about the recipient and suggest gifts. If AI can guess virtually any item you can think of, surely it can come up with some good gift ideas, too.

    Also, imagine the free publicity you would get with a site like this!

    Now, how to program it...
    GAWD ... this is ambitious! It's a great idea ... just a programming nightmare. It would be an invaluable script, though. Maybe integrate in into GC or one of the feed help programs ... great idea Michael!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelColey
    Sounds like a great idea for a site.

    Picture something like 20 questions (see http://www.20q.net/ and I bet you can't pick something that the AI can't guess!). Except, it'll ask questions about the recipient and suggest gifts. If AI can guess virtually any item you can think of, surely it can come up with some good gift ideas, too.

    Also, imagine the free publicity you would get with a site like this!

    Now, how to program it...
    Neat idea. If done well, it would be a good example of effective viral marketing can be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Ward
    That's what I'm wondering about - I presume you mean your own selection from items on your site? Do you know if it's worth it or not?
    Gift Guides work for us on many levels.

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    Well I posted my gift guide yesterday
    and google gobbled it up
    http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ne...this+Christmas

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    Quote Originally Posted by HardwareGeek
    Well I posted my gift guide yesterday
    and google gobbled it up
    http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ne...this+Christmas
    Beautiful! WTG Mike
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    I've had great success with them for years. There is always someone on your list that's hard to buy for. During holidays these are my top entry pages. Father's day is the most popular idea guide.
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    OK, I'm persuaded, mine went up at the weekend

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelColey
    Picture something like 20 questions (see http://www.20q.net/ and I bet you can't pick something that the AI can't guess!).
    Now that is scary! It took all 20 questions, but it got it.
    Q20. I am guessing that it is a siberian husky?
    Right, Wrong, Close
    19. Is it spotted? No.
    18. Is it used for hunting? No.
    17. I guessed that it was a shetland sheep dog? Close.
    16. Does it have a good smell? Yes.
    15. Can it be used in remote areas? Yes.
    14. Does it have a large nose? No.
    13. Does it have a long nose? Yes.
    12. Does it usually hunt for food at night? No.
    11. Does it have tough skin? Yes.
    10. Does it have whiskers? Yes.
    9. Does it dig holes? Yes.
    8. Can it save your life? Doubtful.
    7. Is it a warm-blooded animal? Yes.
    6. Is it made from cellulose? No.
    5. Can it scratch? Yes.
    4. Does it have teeth? Yes.
    3. Does it have short fur? No.
    2. Is it a specific color? Partly.
    1. It is classified as Animal.

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