edgeio has gone live

Just a heads up to those of you who have been helping us during the preview phase of edgeio.

Tonight (Sunday 26 Febrary 2006) at midnight Pacific time we removed the password from edgeio and it is available, worldwide, for all users.

Om Malik was the first to post about this.

If you were part of the preview, many thanks for your help. No doubt we will learn a lot more as the publisher and user numbers grow. We’re all as grateful to you as we could be. Oh, and we are as excited as hell :-).

Mike is in the air on his way back from vacation. Nice big surprise when he lands 🙂

We’ll post more later.

Edgeio is Hiring!

Great feedback on edgeio is pouring in and we are doing our best to build a team that can quickly react to your suggestions and the inevitable bugs :). That means growing the team and our next priority hire is an experienced systems engineer who can help us scale the service. If you, or someone you know, are a good fit please send your resume to jobs@edgeio.com.

Linux / MySQL Systems Engineer and Administrator

Required Skills:

• 3-4 years experience running large scale web and database applications
• Thorough understanding of how to architect a system for scalability and reliability
• Experience administering and deploying redundant MySQL databases
• Understanding of basic network security principles
• Ability to build and operate real-time application monitoring tools

Job Description:

• Define policies and procedures for deploying software to the production environment
• Update and deploy software to production and development environments
• Implement monitoring system to guarantee uptime and performance requirements
• Troubleshoot and rapidly resolve issues in the production system

More Bloggers Discuss Edgeio

There’s more discussion on edgeio today, including great posts by Phil Sim, Pete Cashmore, David Parmet, Alex Moskalyuk, Michael Wales, TheLastPodcast, Russel Reno, SuperAff, Brian Oberkirtch, LikeItMatters and Luca Mearelli.

Thank you to everyone who’s taken the time to say what they like and dislike about our idea. Either way, we appreciate your time and feedback.

There are three key things people bring up when questioning whether or not edgeio will be successful.

1. Will bloggers want to post classified listings on blogs?

2. How to deal with the inevitable spam onslaught?

3. Assuming 1 & 2 are overcome, what stops everyone from entering the market?

I’ll be posting our thoughts on these questions as we march toward launch.

Some Early Buzz on Edgeio

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.

Thanks Rob!

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):

Stowe Boyd

Dave Winer

Mathew Ingram

Robert Scoble

Frank Gruber

Dan Farber

Syndicator Blog

Tracy Sheridan

Kurt Schrader

Scott Lake

Marc Meyer

The Beginning

Edgeio is all about edge publishing. It is our belief that services that try to restrict how users create and consume information cannot ultimately be successful. Users own their data, and services exist not to silo that data, but rather to add value to it. That is what Edgeio is setting out to do.

We will be focusing on classified listings of any type to start.

Blogs and other websites syndicating their content through RSS are an ideal place to post classified listings. Not only is the publisher in complete control of the content (what to include, when to change or update it, when to delete it and how to synidcate it for other services), but the website itself gives valuable context to readers of the listing. Unlike anonymous listing services, listings on blogs controlled by the publisher give readers an idea of who they are dealing with. That additional information is an important factor for readers in deciding if and how to interact with the publisher.

Very few blogs publish classified listings today. Most blogs have a relatively small group of readers, including friends and family, and are not able to effectively reach the larger audience needed to effectively market their listings.

That’s where edgeio comes in. We will find edge published listings if they include the category or tag “listing” within the post or content. The listings will be indexed through the blog’s RSS feed and aggregated with other “listings from the edge”. Users of the edgeio service will be able to search through listings and communicate directly with the publisher. Edgeio will also make aggregated listings available though a web service to other Internet sites and services that would like to include edge listings.

We will never attempt to silo or control publisher data, or restrict the ways that listings can be used by others.

The founders and early employees of edgeio include Keith Teare, Michael Arrington, Vidar Hokstadt, Matt Kaufman and Fred Oliveira.

Edgeio will be launching in the next few weeks. If you would like to be notified of the preview launch, please submit your email address on the main edgeio website.