I posted a few months ago saying that while TradeMe is undoubtedly a super success story, it isn’t a fantastic example of web 2.0 (not that it needs to be given that it has around 75% of NZ’s total net traffic as it is!). I said at the time that product interest groups, micro communities and more rating and information functionality would pull it over the 2.0 line.
Well blow me down but I see that Ebay has just introduced a beta test of the Best of Ebay.
BoE allows members to rate auctions and thus to form a democratically measured auction popularity rank. It’s a great start but only goes some of the way – imagine if I could go to best_of_ebay/tea_cosy_world and there look at and rate all the tea cosies on offer. Imagine if while I was there I could get some Wikipedia style information about all that is relevant to the world of tea cosies. Imagine if within the tea_cosy_world micro site I could discuss tea cosies with all the other tea cosy nutters out there.
Now that would be fully web 2.0!