The Wishlist Blog

I don’t call it a “wish list” for nothing.
July 12, 2006, 4:26 pm
Filed under: Features

So, if you hang out on the home page of, you can see the items that people are interested in: recently added or commented upon items appear at the front of the product browser window. This also includes items that people have sent to the website from Dashboard widget (although nothing is tied to a user account or personally identifiable in any way, unless you want it to be.)

Well, this morning some pretty impressive items showed up. I didn’t even know Amazon offered these types of products. This one caught my eye:

Ladies Graduated Channel Set Emerald Cut Diamond Engagement Ring Diamond 2.50cttw

Ok, I’ll admit it: it was the price that got me. What was it? A cool $14,892.

Hey, if you’ve got a wish list, no sense in being conservative about what you want, is there? 😉


New additions to
June 30, 2006, 3:19 pm
Filed under: Features, News

Well, the Dashboard widget has taken a bit of time, so I’ve neglected my focus on the site. (Oh, and this reminds me – anyone who has any experience with Konfabulator widgets – wanna get in contact with me?) But that is no longer the case!

Today, I’ve updated in a number of ways.

  1. I cleaned up the front page. I thought the featured wishlists were keen, but apparently nobody else did. Gone. Same with tags. Tags are still around, but they’re more behind the scenes. However, with that in mind…
  2. I added a completely new product interface page, which makes it super simple to add comments to products, even if they’re not in a particular wishlist. I thought this was important. Plus, you can now tag products, in addition to wishlists.
  3. Searching products, while still drastically in need of an “advanced search” interface, now searches the entire Amazon catalog. Clicking on a product’s name, if that product is not already in our system at, creates a product page transparently, and then allows you to add tags/comments to that product, rate it, or add it to your wishlist.
  4. I added a few Google ads. Sorry.
  5. Finally, there are a few tweaks and modifications floating around as well, most of which I’ve forgotten.

What’s coming soon?

Well, I might as well announce it. A Bodacious Amazon Browser!. I want to make the be-all, end-all, AJAX-powered, Web 2.0-lovin’ Amazon Product browser. We’re packing it full of goodness. And you know what? It’ll be stand-alone, just like the dashboard widget (although it will obviously contain a way to export your items as a wishlist.) We’re gonna let you browse by every conceivable bit of data we have ( tags, comments, popularity, ratings) as well as what Amazon provides. Look for it soon.

A Bodacious Amazon Widget
June 5, 2006, 4:41 pm
Filed under: Features, News, Web Development

Announcing the release of A Bodacious Amazon Widget.

A Bodacious Amazon Widget is an Dashboard widget for searching What separates this widget from the others that do something similar? ABAW is built with the assumption that, when you’re using the widget, you’re not really looking to purchase an item right then and there. Rather, an idea has popped into your head, and you’d like to make sure that you don’t forget about the product in question – but you’d really like to get back to working as soon as possible.

With that in mind, ABAW lets you easily add products from to a wishlist, which gets stored automatically as you use the widget. Add an item to this list, and it stays put. Once you’re ready, you can transfer all these items into a shopping cart automatically, and then checkout through Or, if you’d like, you can share your items in a public, private or password-protected wishlist, hosted free of charge at

Too Much Fun
May 19, 2006, 3:30 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized


The President’s Wishlist. v1.1
May 19, 2006, 5:20 am
Filed under: Features, News

Just a quick heads-up, there have been some updates to, including:

  • Wishlists can now be created without logging in! You can customize every aspect of your wishlist before you even make an account. Like what you’ve made? Signup to save it.
  • Themes! Yes, we’ve got six, count’em six themes that can be applied to your wishlists, with more on the way.
  • Pictures! Attach a picture to your wishlist. We’ve got 21 stock pictures – but you can always add your own.
  • RSS feeds for wishlists. Keep track of what your friends and family are looking for.
  • Some minor bug fixes

Ok, now on to the guerilla marketing. Hopefully, you’ll be seeing some wish-lists posted around the internets…or maybe you’re reading this message because you already have.

The Plaxo Address Book Widget
May 5, 2006, 7:30 pm
Filed under: Features, Web Development

I just wanted to take a moment and voice my appreciation for Plaxo’s address book JavaScript widget. I use the widget on to enable members to send their wishlists to friends and family members.

Plaxo’s widget is basically a standalone JavaScript applet that takes the work out of retrieving contacts from other, proprietary locations. Ever had your project manager come up to you and say, “Hey! This website we’re working on – we’d really like to be able to retrieve email addresses from AOL Instant Messenger, from Yahoo Webmail, and from Gmail, and add those contacts to our system.” That’s what Plaxo’s widget does: you don’t need to worry about getting data from these various services (included are Gmail, Yahoo, Plaxo, MSN and Outlook) – Plaxo will do it for you, in its own popup window. It takes care of querying and parsing, and passes the contacts back to your website and scripts in the form of simple JavaScript objects.

You can investigate it for yourself, here

Seriously, adding this functionality to the “Share a wishlist” section of took less than 15 minutes. I’m very impressed. Launched!
May 5, 2006, 4:49 pm
Filed under: News

Ok, so not a lot of fanfare. 😉 The promotion will be slow and steady. Anyone who happens to stumble upon this blog, please feel free to checkout

It’ll probably have bugs galore, but I’d really love to hear what you think.