Rob Hof had a look at edgeio earlier this week at a SDForum Search SIG event in Silicon Valley, and wrote a bit about it on his Business Week blog:
Clearly, Edgeio has more to tell, but what Teare did tell during the startup’s first-ever public demo no doubt will get the attention of current powerhouses in Web commerce and classified ads, such as eBay and Craigslist.
Bear with me, since the demo was pretty quick and I’m not sure I caught everything exactly right. But essentially, Edgeio is doing just what its tagline says: gathering “listings from the edge”–classified-ad listings in blogs, and even online product content in newspapers and Web stores, and creating a new metasite that organizes those items for potential buyers.
The way Edgeio works is that bloggers would post items they want to sell right on their blogs, tagging them with the word “listing” (and eventually other descriptive tags). Then, Edgeio will pluck them as it constantly crawls millions of blogs looking for the “listing” tag and index them on Edgeio.com.
Other bloggers picked up on the thread and wrote as well. Lots of the comments were positive, but some pointed out some of the challenges we are going to face (more on that in future posts). Here are a few (please leave a comment if we missed you and I will add a link):