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Thanks go to TameBay reader Allotment for discovering the newest feedback gizmo that eBay are playing with. It’s a feedback tag cloud of the comments you receive most frequently in feedback with some emoticons (better known as smilies) thrown in for good measure.

Your recent feedback is scanned and the comments left most often are converted into tags, the larger the font the more times you’ve received the comment. Some tags are associated with emoticons and clicking any tag brings up the full feedback comments containing the phrase. I especially like the emoticon for “Would deal again” which is

Go to eBay Labs and enter your own eBay User ID and let us know your thoughts in comments below.

eBay Labs are the playground for developers and not all ideas will ever be implemented on the site. This is one I’m hoping might make it through in one form or another – it’s far too good to be left languishing as a developers plaything.

9 Responses

  1. Pretty neat except I didn’t like the storm cloud with lightning bolt for quick shipping — I suppose it refers to “lightning fast shipping” but all I saw at first were all of these storm clouds associated with my ID which my initial reaction to was definite negativity. Otherwise, yeah, the thumbs-up guy is cool to see, and the idea itself is fun, and I think it’s good when eBay incorporates fun, even if seems meaningless to the bottom line.

  2. I’m with Cliff on the storm clouds: they should change that to a sprinter or something.

    And I’m sorry to say it but it was the negative pictures (on the legend, not my feedback of course ๐Ÿ˜† ) that made me laugh the most. The pinnochio for fake goods and the “does this face look bothered” for “wouldn’t do something” are my favourites ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

  3. OMG, ๐Ÿ™„ what dumb idea ๐Ÿ’ก will eBay ๐Ÿ‘ฟ think of next โ“ I’m shocked ๐Ÿ˜ฏ and saddened ๐Ÿ™ that these silly :mrgreen: things are what developers are working on. Fixing all the nasty ๐Ÿ˜ˆ bugs on the site would be a far better use of resources. โ—

  4. wow. okay – the storm clouds need to go. ๐Ÿ™„ maybe a mercury fleet foot would be better. there are a lot of synonyms not accounted for that could be included –

    please tell me this is a hobby for one of the developers and not actually an assignment. lol! if the idea is that eventually only smileys would be left, well, um, no I dont think so.


    or instead of stars we’re going to get smileys? 5 smileys equals one heart?

    I’ll see you two ๐Ÿ˜€ and raise you one ๐Ÿ™„

  5. Also drowning… But happy…

    It’s nice to see something thats both utterly pointless and fun emerging from their research lab. A company needs a sense of humour.

    Remember, it’s their software research site, not a development team site, featured ideas will be both good and bad and will tend to come and go. What matters is that they are giving some people the freedom to explore new ideas.

    The ‘BayEstimator’ tool is interesting (though time consuming) if you want to determine which keywords might add or reduce value to an items title in a given search result rank. The ‘Hyades’ tool is new and worth a look. I also found the research focus pages interesting (but then I’m an ex geek).

    If the tag cloud idea could link back to clusters of ‘similar’ current items from the seller then it could have a future and add value as well as being fun. Having said that I suspect that the idea has came from their work on social networking so we are more likely to see it emerge in the groups/myworld pages..

    I like it. and

  6. Childish, immature and pointless!
    I love it! ๐Ÿ˜†

    would certainly make the pages more colourful, a bit stunned they are working on such things right now though ๐Ÿ˜ฏ


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