How Amazon Opens Up And Cleans Up
from the the-e-commerce-platform dept
Just yesterday we had an article about how Amazon's technology was becoming their biggest product, but that could soon change as people continue to innovate around Amazon's web services offering, letting just about anyone access Amazon's vast database, and built interesting and useful applications on it. When they originally launched this offering a number of developers thought it was cool, but weren't sure what could actually be done with it. However, given some time, data, and an open API, creative developers are always going to come up with interesting solutions. I don't know if any of these are really a "killer app" yet, but Amazon now has a vision of being the "e-commerce platform" for the world. There's something appealing about that notion. If, anytime you wanted to sell something on your website, you could easily hook into Amazon's catalog, transaction processing, and fulfillment process, there are some interesting possibilities. Right now, it's just simple things, such as creating a way to automatically match up the top song titles being played on the radio with those CDs at Amazon. In the future, though, you could see how an even bigger and more powerful Amazon could become something of a central "bucket of e-commerce" which many other sites pull from in creative ways. So, then, the question becomes how big is this opportunity, really? As I said, it's an appealing idea, but how many people actually buy through these sorts of applications vs. those who just go to Amazon and buy it themselves. The "killer app" built on top of Amazon would need to have really compelling reasons to buy directly through it - and I don't think anyone's gotten that far yet.