eBay Gets Personal

Online auction firm eBay joined the customization trend by
launching “About Me,” a utility designed for creating personal homepages.

Users can customize a homepage for free. The page can include personal
information, items listed for auction, eBay feedback ratings, images, and
links to other favorite sites. eBay reported that almost 7,000 registered
users have already created homepages using this new feature.

“‘About Me’ allows our community members to further personalize their eBay
experience,” said Steve Westly, eBay vice
president of marketing and business development. “The increased user
information enables people to find out more about the
people they’re trading with and to more easily find people who share their

The company said it is offering the personal start page as a way to promote
its online community. Other community sites such as Netscape Netcenter, Excite, and Lycos all have also promoted customizable
homepages recently.

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