Interesting Amazon.com Facts, Tips, & Trivia:
"Killer App Bezos: Man of the Millennium?"
Jeffrey P. Bezos is the gregarious Chairman, CEO, and President of Amazon. He founded the company in 1994 and launched the online store with the domain of Amazon.com in 1995.
He named the company after the Amazon River which is the world's biggest. Since the year 2,000 the logo has been an arrow forming a smile as it points from the A to the Z in the word "Amazon".
Bezos has said the logo was designed to represent the goal of having every product in the alphabet and also their focus on customer satisfaction (hence the smile).
Jeff Bezos was named "Person of the Year" by Time Magazine in 1999 and cited for his contribution to helping online shopping flourish through his efforts with Amazon.com.
"The 800 Pound eCommerce Gorilla"
Amazon.com started as just an online bookstore - the first book sold being "Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought" by Douglas Hofstadter.
However, Amazon has since become the 800 pound Gorilla of e-commerce and is now America's largest online retailer of a mind-boggling assortment of merchandise, with annual sales approaching $ 20 Billion and over 20,000 employees as of 2008.
Amazon's internet sales are nearly triple those of its nearest competitor Staples, Inc. and the domain Amazon.com has been said to attract over 600 Million visitors per year which is twice that of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.'s website Walmart.com.
Amazon.com was also determined to be the UK's most favored music and video retailer and the 3rd most popular retailer in the UK overall according to Verdict Research.
"Amazon By Any Other Name?"
It turns out that the name "Amazon" was already being used since 1970 by the Amazon Bookstore Cooperative of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
So not surprisingly the coop sued Amazon.com in 1999 for trademark infringement. They reached an out of court settlement to share the name with Bezos' baby.
"Be One of a Million Earning Finders Fees as an Amazon Associate"
Amazon is famous for having patented what it called "an internet-based customer referral system" in the year 2,000.
However, luckily due to swift and vehement protests following their patent claims, these "affiliate programs" or "associate programs", as they are now called, are ubiquitously available across tens of thousands of ecommerce websites and are a major incentive for attracting site visitors with free and robust content and applications across the World Wide Web.
Amazon.com still offers one of the most popular affiliate programs in which website owners can recommend Amazon.com products on their websites and earn commissions on any sales generated after their referrals click through to Amazon.com and make purchases.
Amazon refers to their affiliates as "Associates". There are said to be almost 1 million Amazon Associates worldwide now and it is estimated that they generate over 40% of Amazon.com's sales.
"Amazon Dot-Com: Internet Bubble Burst Beneficiary?"
On May 15, 1997 Amazon.com had its Initial Public Offering on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the symbol: AMZN. The IPO price of AMZN at that time was $ 1.50 per share, adjusting for the three stock splits since then.
Amazon's early business plan forecast was that it would likely take years to ever become profitable and throughout the late nineties many analysts speculated that Amazon.com might never reach profitability.
However, due to rational and steady growth (compared to the "irrational exhuberance" exhibited by most other dot-coms in the late twentieth century) Amazon.com was one of the survivors of the "dot-com" bubble burst and their first profit was posted in the fourth quarter of 2001. Amazon remains very profitable still today.
"Amazon Mechanical Turk: Virtual SweatShop or CrowdSourcing Godsend?"
In 2005 the popular Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) API was made publicly available as part of Amazon Web Services.
Amazon's Mechanical Turk is an online marketplace for "crowd-sourcing", meaning that it is designed to coordinate human intelligence for the performance of tasks which computers are not YET able to do.
Examples, of previous MTurk crowd-sourced tasks have included choosing the most aesthetically pleasing images for storefronts, writing product reviews, completing feedback items on websites, and even collaborative searching for anomalies on satellite images for purposes such as during the MTurk search for possible location of Steve Fossett's plane crash.
On MTurk, Human Beings who post the tasks are referred to as "Requesters" and the tasks themselves are referred to as "Human Intelligence Tasks" or HITs. Workers or task doers are referred to as "Providers" and can chose to complete the tasks for a monetary payment by the Requester.
Mechanical Turk got its name from a chess machine created by Wolfgang von Kempelen in the 1700s and which was said to have beaten Benjamin Franklin and Napoleon Bonaparte. The Turk was later debunked as being not a true automaton, but rather a machine controlled by the internal manipulations of a chess master hidden inside the machine (like the Wizard of Oz or a living ghost in the machine I guess you might say; ^}
Because on MTurk the HITs are often simple, repetitive, and low paying many detractors criticize Amazon Mechanical Turk as being a "virtual sweatshop".
"Bookworms Rejoice With Amazon Kindle"
The Amazon Kindle is the smash hit revolutionary e-book reader first released by Amazon in 2007. The Kindle is rapidly gaining momentum as a "must-have device" due to its popular and practical ease of use and it is now one of Amazon's top selling products.
The Kindle is an integrated e-book downloader and e-book reader in the form of a sleek handheld electronic downloader and viewing device.
The Kindle is able to wirelessly download from an ever-growing list of hundreds of thousands of titles of books, magazines, blogs, and newspapers.
The Kindle downloads occur over Sprint Nextel's 3G network utilizing a free EV-DO (or "Evolution Data Only") service called "Whispernet". Download times average about 60 seconds.
Kindle's "text to speech" feature can even read the downloaded text from books, blogs, magazines, and newspapers to its owner.
Amazon.com recently said, "Our vision is to have every book ever printed, in any language, all available in under 60 seconds on Kindle. We will not stop until we get there."
All I can say is I REALLY WANT ONE !!!
UPDATE: I've owned several Kindles and Kindle Fire tablets since. Love my Kindle Fires.
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