Lifehacker: How to Get Google to Let You Know When the Price Drops on Something You Want to Buy. “Google rolled out a new shopping tool this week that makes it easy to track the price of an item you’re interested in on the web and find out when it drops in price.”
University of Southampton: Student launches search engine for sustainable fashion in the UK. “Project Cece uses in-house developed web tools to automatically ‘collect’ products from over 100 sustainable webshops on one website, providing a complete overview of all available ethical clothing. With insightful icons, to-the-point descriptions and filters, Project CeCe helps consumers find clothing that fits their style, budget, and values, say its founders.”
ModernRetail: Facebook ramps up customer feedback surveys to crack down on misleading e-commerce ads. “When Facebook first announced the surveys last June, it said that users could give feedback by visiting their Ads Activity tab. But, shortly after rolling out the feature, Facebook started inserting these surveys into users’ News Feeds, increasing the likelihood that they would answer them.”
CNN: Google and Amazon say they have removed gun-related shopping results that shouldn’t have been there at all. “Days after a pair of deadly mass shootings that killed more than 30 people, Google and Amazon acknowledged Tuesday that their shopping platforms had recently hosted offers for firearms-related products in violation of their own company policies.”
CNET: Google Images gets a revamp with a focus on shopping. “Google Images is getting a new look. The search giant on Tuesday said it’s launching a redesign of its search engine for photos…. The redesign will also put an emphasis on shopping. If you click on an image of a product, it will show you information on brand, price, reviews and availability.” Yay.
TechCrunch: StockX was hacked, exposing millions of customers’ data. “It wasn’t ‘system updates’ as it claimed. StockX was mopping up after a data breach, TechCrunch can confirm. The fashion and sneaker trading platform pushed out a password reset email to its users on Thursday citing ‘system updates,’ but left users confused and scrambling for answers. StockX told users that the email was legitimate and not a phishing email as some had suspected, but did not say what caused the alleged system update or why there was no prior warning.”
Tubefilter: TikTok Is A Mostly Untapped Space For Western Ecommerce — But Chinese Companies Are Using It To Make Millions. “With its billion-plus downloads and steadily-growing user base of more than 500 million, there’s no doubt: TikTok is a thing. And whenever a new social media app becomes a thing, it’s inevitable that brands want to find out how they can utilize it to draw eyeballs to their products.”