February 9, 2005
News & Opinion: More Interesting Amazon News
Salon.com reported yesterday Amazon.com has at least a minor (more likely major) financial interest in 43 Things.
If you haven't been to 43 Things, it is a pretty interesting site. Anyone can create a list their hopes and dreams, and the cool part is you can see others who have the same hopes and dreams you do. It is building off the growing phenomenon of tagging (or the fancy term is folksonomy).
The question the article raises is "Would people continue all the sharing if they knew they were telling it all to Amazon?" Honestly, I think the answer is yes. They do a great job at predicting what you want based on what you have bought. Imagine what they could do if you explicitly told them.
About Dylan Schleicher
Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.