Internet Update 03/06/00

Internet Update 03/06/00 – News Briefs

Steven Bonisteel

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA, 2000 MAR 6 (NB) This is a roundup of new and updated resources and services on the global Internet, including: Exciting photo searches, Jewish Genealogy Month, zero in on auctions, Web crude, and Boomers wax nostalgic.

Exciting Photo Searches

Excite@Home this week launched a Web photo-search service, boasting of a database containing more than 400,000 shareable images, plus links to photos from international news agencies. In addition to searching a collection of digital images provided by Webshots, Excite Photo Search users can also sift through thousands of late- breaking news and sports photos shot by photojournalists from organizations such as the Associated Press and Reuters. When searching the Webshots database, selected images are easily turned into e-mail greeting cards, downloaded as PC desktop backgrounds or assembled in personal photo albums. Excite@Home says it will add more photo collections like that of Webshots’ in the future. World Wide Web: http://photosearch.excite.com

Jewish Genealogy Month

Jewish Genealogy Month starts today and runs until May 5. And, even if you’re not prepared, the genealogical database gurus at Ancestry.com are. The site had launched a new resource dedicated to celebrating Jewish Genealogy Month and observing Holocaust Remembrance Day. The special destination features databases for Jewish family history research, recipes for traditional Jewish foods, online maps relevant to the celebration and links to other Internet resources. Some of the featured databases include biographical dictionaries of Canadian Jewry covering 1897 to 1914 and the “Dictionary of Jewish Surnames in the Russian Empire.” As a tribute to the May 2 Holocaust Remembrance Day, the site includes links to various Internet sites dedicated to the issue. World Wide Web: http://www.ancestry.com/home/celebrate/jewish.htm

Zero In On Auctions

PriceRadar Inc. boasts that its online auction aggregation service offers the most detailed intelligence for prospective buyers and sellers at such auction sites such as eBay, Amazon.com and Yahoo. In addition to offering what it calls “PinPoint” classification of items currently on auction, PriceRadar’s PriceGuides offer free historical price information on more than 4 million closed auction items in some 135,000 categories. PriceRadar says its guides allow buyers and sellers to better estimate the value of their auctions based on prices for similar items at multiple auction sites. PriceRadar says its PinPoint classification system sorts auction items into more-detailed categories than are available on the auction sites themselves, making it easier to find specific merchandise. As an example, it says someone looking for a Pokemon “Charizard” card is directed to PriceRadar categories containing only Charizard cards, rather than a list of items that may contain videos, action figures and kids’ lunch boxes featuring the Charizard character. World Wide Web: http://www.priceradar.com

Web Crude

WorldOil.com, the online incarnation of 82-year-old World Oil magazine, has launched an electronic version of its print Composite Catalog for Oilfield Equipment and Services to create what it says is the largest listing of oilfield equipment and services available on the Internet. Currently, the database acts as an industry directory with contact information, but WorldOil.com says it will be the foundation for future e-commerce initiatives, including the ability to support an interactive request for quote service. That feature will appear in May, the company says, and will be followed in the third quarter by a full-blown procurement platform with some fulfillment and logistics services. WorldOil.com’s expanded site also features industry news feeds and related technical articles from World Oil magazine. World Wide Web: http://www.worldoil.com

Boomers Wax Nostalgic

Now that the Baby Boomers are too old to party like they used to, Web destination Myprimetime.com, has launched a special feature to help Boomers reminisce about those teen years in the ’60s and ’70s and reconnect with old friends. The new MyPrimeYear section includes a “Find a Friend” database that help users track down that “whatever-happened-to…?” crowd, with searches enhanced by qualifications on hometown, high school and graduation year, as well as first and last names. An “Alternative Life Quiz” allows visitors to examine the road not taken, and provides a glimpse at the alternative lives they might have led. Says Myprimetime.com, “Three possible outcomes are: high-tech billionaire, czar of a chain of vegan eateries, and dazed refugee from Oliver Stone’s ‘Wall Street,'” MyPrimeYear also includes articles about finding romance at reunions, “Yearbooks” that include scrolling news headlines, links to classic quotes of the times, and a place for members to share reunion stories. World Wide Web: http://www.myprimetime.com/

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