I finally finished my first little datafeed to Froogle and wondered what I could expect in terms of time before actually seeing if it loaded correctly. Didn't see any recent threads on this.
I see two different kinds of items for Froogle and wondered how they would play out against each other in terms of developing the interface. That is, unique one of a kind products...such as a Picasso painting...vs 50 different shops selling one kind of digital camera. Just seeing two different slants...would any interface design conflicts surface?
What about this category thing? Any comments on developing good categories?
Actually I spent the last few days looking for birthday gifts using froogle. (And a replacment for my dying IP Phone)..
By best impression of Froogle (none of my sites are ecommerce, as Froogle defines it) is like a recipie - It's "ok" but "missing something".
(Thinking 'out loud' a bit...)
The ability to filter by price helps, but sorting by price would be REALLY GOOD GUYS! -- ESPECIALLY REVERSE SORT)
I also notices some of the sites while looking for my IP Phone no longer carried it -- and look like they dropped it some time ago. I wonder how current the index is?
Lastly I ended up going to Yahoo Shopping and repeating my search. Why? Merchant ratings. There's just too many merchants out there selling commodity items (a particular cordless phone for example) and trying to limit stores based on 'reputation' is impossible with froogle. (I know there are 3rd party places that hold rankings, but correlating it to Frooble is a major PITA).