Thursday, 23 February 2012

Folksy & Etsy Comparison Part 6: The buying experience

This is the second last part of my looong winded comparison of Folksy and Etsy. Here I'm going to cover some aspects of the buying and selling experience; some from the customer's point of view, some from the point of view of you the seller. 
Note I have updated this post 18th September 2012.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Google - more than just a search engine!

Today I've discovered another thing Google can do!

I already knew it could act as a currency converter:
what is £10 in dollars
10CAD in CHF

Folksy & Etsy Comparison Part 5: Sharing & Promoting

Well, I'm slowly getting through all these posts! This one is about how Folksy and Etsy each make it easier (or harder) for you or others to share your shop and items for sale with the rest of the internet, and encourage them to buy when they visit you.
Note I have updated this post 18th September 2012.

Friday, 10 February 2012

Folksy & Etsy Comparison Part 4: How Items Appear on the Sites

This fourth part of my series comparing Etsy and Folksy concerns how items appear on each site, and how customers might find your item; so this includes how searching and browsing works on the two sites. This is a slightly tricky area to cover as it is probably the part which is most prone to being changed, but hopefully it'll still be useful even if some minor aspects are altered in the future. 
Note I have updated this post 18th September 2012

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Oversharing on Facebook

Yesterday (Tuesday 7th February) was Safer Internet Day, apparently. Last week I blogged about the Facebook Ticker and how to tell who can see various posts on the site, turns out that post was inadvertantly timely! I just wanted to add a little more about watching how we share things on social networks.

Every morning this week I have heard an odd advert on Radio 1, each with a different DJ saying something along the lines of "oh, that's gross... that's disgusting! I can't believe he's put that photo on his timeline!" and a strapline broadly saying "If you would be embarrassed for your Grandma to see it, don't put it on Facebook". It's a good message and there's more info about the Share Take Care campaign here.

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Folksy & Etsy Comparison Part 3: Personalising Your Shop

This installment is all about how Folksy and Etsy differ when it comes to personalising your shop; making it look like you want it to. It's important to remember that you are selling on someone else's site, so you're never going to be able to completely tailor the appearance of your shop, but both sites - Etsy in particular - do offer a few helpful ways to keep it organised.
Note I have updated this post 18th September 2012.

Friday, 3 February 2012

Facebook Privacy & the Ticker "Hoax"

This is just a quick post about a "hoax" that is going around on Facebook (related to your personal profiles, not business pages). I'm not sure if hoax is quite the right word – but certainly it encourages people to do something under false pretences and is likely to give people a false sense of security and misunderstanding of Facebook's privacy structure. 

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Folksy & Etsy Comparison Part 2: Listing

So last time I gave a bit of background to Folksy and Etsy and talked about some of the things that can and can't be sold on each site. This time I'm going to concentrate on the differences (and similarities) between the sites in terms of actually putting items up for sale; including listing, renewing or relisting items, and ease of setting postage rates. Enjoy! 
Note I have updated this post 18th September 2012 - there were LOTS of changes to both sites over Summer 2012 when it comes to listing!