Just wanted to point out our new Carousel Deal Widget. 🙂 It’s part of our Dealmap Widget family but just fancier to display top deals on your site with better experience. Of course we do have the standard ABI sizes if you want them too.
Again, it only takes one line of code to integrate it into your site:
You can check out full widgets here: http://www.thedealmap.com/widgets
Last week when Scoble made the argument that the Goby and The Dealmap are more important than Foursquare, Gowalla and others, the reaction was mixed. In his post, Scoble said:
“why did I say these are more important than Foursquare or Gowalla or the other companies in this space? Well, normal people are still resisting using these location services. But these [The Dealmap & Goby] offer REAL utility and REAL value…”
Nearly everyone missed the point; some bloggers even posted rebuttal like the one here, in which they said:
“The lack of gaming function in Goby or TheDealMap does not render them useless nor uncool nor nonfunctional, just not very fun. We all like useful tools but we love to play games and have fun! And that’s why Goby and TheDealMap are not nearly as important as Foursqaure and Gowalla”
See, its not really about which product is “more important” – the way I read it (and of course also based on my full 3 hr discussion with Scoble) is that Fun and Utility are the most important facets of any product. The role that’s played by a product in ones daily life is decided by how Fun AND Useful that product is.
In other words, Game mechanics promote frequency of actions and Utility aspects add value to those actions – they are simply the Yin and Yang of a successful product. The products that mix these two aspects in just right proportions cross the chasm to have a lasting effect.
And doing that is not that easy, its the perfect combination of art & science that’s hard to achieve!
Photo Credit: Exhibit-M
The Dealmap is now live.
This is the brand new local deal search and discovery engine that we have built at Center’d. The goal is very simple – we want you to find the best deals in your neighborhood and start saving money.
The origins of The Dealmap are deeply rooted into to the flavors work that we did with Center’d last year. When we originally designed various flavors for any city we thought “Cheap” flavor is a good candidate – so we rolled out a series of “deal” pages for different cities like this one: San Francisco Cheap Things To Do. As we started getting feedback on flavors it was pretty clear that people loved local deals – and the use case was so strong that we had to go with its own domain – that’s how The Dealmap was born!
While we are using Center’d data platform heavily in The Dealmap’s making, there are a ton of cool stuff that we have built ground-up for fast changing (deals are time sensitive) local data. I will be discussing various technology pieces here on my blog in coming weeks.
We also have a full-blown API – as a matter of fact – we built the API first and then built The Dealmap on top of that (hey, we eat our own dog-food! :). So if you are itching to play with this unique local deal dataset, feel free to join the conversation or just get started with the API docs.
It’s exciting to see The Dealmap live, but our job here is just getting started to get you the freshest deals daily!