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10/04/06

Saving deals just became easier

You asked it - you got it! Saving deals just became easier. Try clicking on this icon: New next to the link to the deal to check out the new options. Once you save the deal the icon will change to Saved so whenever you encounter it again you will be able to distinguish it as saved.

In addition we also added Share it with Friends option that simply sends the deal details to an email of your choice. Saves you time on cutting and pasting that link. ;-)

A usual disclaimer: let us know if you like it or not. Your comments drive improvements to this web site. Keep them coming!

Comments

  1. fishfucker

    October 05th, 2006 at 2:58 PM

    Again, I think this would be an awesome feature to add to the front page ... maybe add a "save this deal" link in the javascript pop-up? When you click through to view "all deals", they're sorted slightly differently, so you have to look through them again to find the deal you wanted to bookmark.

  2. wireddeals

    October 05th, 2006 at 3:55 PM

    I agree.

    1. Save feature doesn't get much visibility

    2. It is not accessible from the front page

    I will see what can be done.

  3. wireddeals

    October 05th, 2006 at 3:55 PM

    On a different subject. How would you like this new functionality? You define a list of your interests (essentially keywords) which then get highlighted as you browse the deals (similar to how search does it)...

    I would try to make configuring this as lightweight as possible (say in an embedded text entry on the front page) so you can easily change it as you go.

  4. fishfucker

    October 06th, 2006 at 9:16 PM

    awesome. Love the front page save option ... that integrated really well.

    that feature sounds interesting, but I\'m more of a compulsive buyer -- if there\'s a sweet deal, I\'m going to buy it, otherwise, I\'m usually not interested. The only times I usually search instead of browse is when:

  5. fishfucker

    October 06th, 2006 at 9:16 PM

    1. I\'m going to buy something but want to check and see if there\'s a good deal on it first.

    2. I\'m going to a particular store and want to see if they have any good deals happening.

    I haven\'t thought of a more elegant solution than a search for these sorts of things yet.

  6. fishfucker

    October 06th, 2006 at 9:16 PM

    My current hot thing is RSS feeds for everything -- I really like how eBay lets you RSS feed advanced searches -- it\\\'s scored me a couple of deals that I\\\'d otherwise have missed.

    I do like the highlight idea. What would be even cooler would be if you could somehow data mine my saved deals in order to populate it -- it\\\'s way easier for me to click on stuff and have it automatically be defined as a keyword than to have to manually enter it.

  7. fishfucker

    October 06th, 2006 at 9:16 PM

    Of course that would raise some issues with the highlighting getting annoying if you had a large saved deal list. it would have to have some really simple management.

    look forward to seeing where you are taking the site! it\\\'s been really impressive to watch the features roll in.

  8. fishfucker

    October 06th, 2006 at 9:16 PM

    how about a javascript char counter so i know when i'm being excessively verbose? ;)

  9. fishfucker

    October 06th, 2006 at 9:18 PM

    actually, I just thought of something else that might be useful -- customizable main front page list -- ie, I could skip showing "deals" that weren't really deals but finance discussion, etc.

    that might not be possible if you're caching the db call for front page items though I guess.

  10. wireddeals

    October 07th, 2006 at 1:52 AM

    The next big thing would be adding anandtech and allowing to configure a custom set of forums for display on front page and in the tabs.

    I like the idea of datamining saved deals. There are no good algorithms for term extraction though. Take a look at http://dealscloud.com

  11. wireddeals

    October 07th, 2006 at 1:55 AM

    The cloud lists all possible terms extracted from 200 most popular forum threads (using Yahoo API). It is not working as expected in 50% cases. What I would really like to have is extract model numbers and similar things.

    I will give it a thought though.

  12. wireddeals

    October 07th, 2006 at 4:06 AM

    I have increased the comment char limit to 1000.

    As for where the web site can go... I enjoy doing this and even though it is not very rewarding money-wise (you folks are just not that type who click on the ads - I guess if I wanted to get rich I would be selling slim-fast pills ;-) I get a great satisfaction from this overall. I like it so much that I even started a blog on the subject: http://probargainhunter.com

    The only big concern I have is how FatWallet and SlickDeals will look at it. Initially this was simple RSS feed processing but as I went on adding features I had to start parsing HTML here and there. Even though I preserve all the links with the referral Id's they use (their main source of revenue) I can guess they still may not like it too much.

    At some point I may have to approach them with a proposal of some sort. Just need to sort out what exactly it is that I want to (and can) propose...

  13. wireddeals

    October 07th, 2006 at 5:03 AM

    Just wanted to share something. I had so much fun reading this today. If you are entrepreneur-type (you mentioned building ui for a site?) with a computer/software background then you must read this:

    http://rondam.blogspot.com/2006/10/top-ten-geek-business-myths.html

  14. fishfucker

    October 09th, 2006 at 3:09 PM

    wow, that is an interesting link... bookmarked. thanks.

    ah... i didn't even think you'd get low ad revunue, but yeah, i guess bargain hunters, particularly those technically inclined enough to hit a "meta" site wouldn't really be the kind to click on ads. I was thinking about putting together a coupon site for fun, but I guess if I ever wanted to monetize it'd need to be outside of ads and subscriptions.

    can't you sell advertising (instead of google ads) if you get a large enough userbase?

  15. fishfucker

    October 09th, 2006 at 3:12 PM

    yeah, as far as deals cloud, i really couldn't figure out what problem it solved. personally, I don't like clouds at all. I find them pretty difficult to use. The only reasonable "cloud" thing I've seen yet has been a news cloud at http://www.marumushi.com/apps/newsmap/newsmap.cfm which i'll occasionally look at to see what the more popular news items are.


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