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    100 Shopping Mashups
    We haven't had a proper mashup conversation yet so I thought I'd get one going. Mashups are generally sites that aggregate or consolidate information from other sources. It's debatable whether most affiliate datafeed sites are mashups, but generally a mashup uses API's like those provided by Amazon, Google Maps, Yahoo, eBay, Flickr, del.icio.us, etc. It looks like shopping has really caught on in the mashup space so maybe it's worth checking out.

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    Geez. I'm getting behind the times. I thought they were talking about stuff like this: http://youtube.com/watch?v=UgY3ao39X88 and this: http://youtube.com/watch?v=V7eR-hAF7vQ
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    Shopping 2.0!
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    Like in datafeed based sites, mashups can get somewhat thin. I don't usually use them because it's easier for me to go to the source. If I want to see photos I visit Flickr, not a Flickr mashup. Although I did enjoy playing Fastr for a little while. What I'm looking for is information that is absolutely unique to it's URL. If I can consistently return and find new unique information I'll bookmark it. Maybe I'll find a great source of content through a mashup, but I may not continue to use the mashup.

    For that reason I don't think it's a good idea to base your entire business on creating mashups. I recommend finding a way to build unique information of your own on top of the mashup.

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    Like in datafeed based sites, mashups can get somewhat thin.
    Just the name "mashup" reminds me of spammers mashing a bunch of scraped content together from places they shouldn't have been.

    Other than a fancy-dan looking user interface, is the concept any different than that?
    If it's not substantially different, it's going to face the same difficulties with dup content as any other site that reuses information without editing it.

    It's debatable whether most affiliate datafeed sites are mashups,
    Oh, that's easy.

    If G will like my sites more if I put that buzzword on it, they're mashups.
    If G won't care, then they're feed sites, or automated mall sites, or just plain mall sites.

    I know mine won't have that confusing whiz-bang I saw on some of those 100 Mashups, though
    Granted I didn't look at too many, but some of the highlighted ones looked like they had a web-design-obsessed person responsible for them. As in, beautiful yet unusable.

    The KISS principle is never obsolete.
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    Snib what about Google's mashup

    http://www.searchmash.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrustNo1
    Snib what about Google's mashup

    http://www.searchmash.com/
    I was just reading about that on Techcrunch. I wouldn't necessarily call it a mashup because it just uses Google data. I think in order to be a proper mashup you need to combine data from multiple sources.

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