The Wishlist Blog

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 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. 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.

First Post!
May 2, 2006, 6:57 am
Filed under: News

Welcome to the development blog. There is more coming, but it seems odd to be blogging about a site that's still in development and hasn't yet been launched. Check back soon – we're going to be doing some new and fun things with the concept of wishlists on the web.