Why I can't root for Woot anymore

Gather 'round, children. Let me tell you a story. There once was this Web site called Woot. All the geek boys and girls (including this one) gathered there at midnight Central Time to refresh their pages and delight in the new deal of the day. They poured in for great festivals called Woot-Offs and chatted together to their hearts' delight. It was a time of magic and commerce and geekery run wild.

Not all good things last, though. One day, this geek gal woke up and realized she forgot to check in on Woot the night before, so she went to the site. There was a Woot-Off going on, but she didn't jump into the comments section to join in. Instead, she said "meh," and went back to work. Woot had lost its luster. Here's why.… Read more

Woot Stalker - Deal Tracker 1.5 Review

One-a-day deals are becoming very popular on the Web. For those who are interested in getting a great bargain on various products, Web sites such as woot.com represent a great opportunity. Woot Stalker allows users to quickly access woot.com and several other similar Web sites and browse deals of the day and select merchandise that they wish to purchase.

The shear ease of operation and simplicity of its design make Woot Stalker a joy to use. It downloads almost instantly and it consumes minute amounts of the device's resources. Following the quick download, users are able to … Read more

Woot founder resigns from Amazon

Woot founder and CEO Matt Rutledge resigned today from Amazon, saying that he didn't fit in at the giant online retailer, which bought his daily deal site two years ago.

Rutledge launched the Texas-based Woot.com in 2004, selling just one item per day until it sold out. The items that were sold were mainly tech-related, including computers, digital cameras, and various toys. The company later expanded into other areas, including wine, user-designed T-shirts, and products for children.

Rutledge said his goodbye to the Woot team in the honest, witty manner that the site as become known for:

Through … Read more

'Woot' is officially a thing, according to Oxford English Dictionary

August marks the 100th anniversary of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary (COED), the smaller but most widely recognized derivative of the official Oxford English Dictionary, or OED. To celebrate, the lexicon published its 12th edition today that adds more than 400 new entries--many of which reflect the technological pervasiveness of modern society, like "woot," "mankini," and "jeggings."

COED Editor Angus Stevenson heads up a small team at the Oxford University Press's academic cabinet tasked with choosing the next words for inclusion, and the process involves keying popular words into a database that shows frequency of use in print and online.

Since publishing its first edition back in 1911, the COED's evolution shows the tremendous effects of social media and instant-access technology on language, creating new words but also modifying existing definitions of words like "follower."

What once meant "a person who imitates or copies" now earns a second and more widely used meaning: "someone who is tracking a particular person, group, etc., on a social networking site." Another example that's a little unsettling is the general term "friend" that loses gravity in its new form: "a contact on a social networking Web site."… Read more

Buzz Out Loud 1261: The Last of Kin (podcast)

After the shortest time on market ever, the Microsoft Kin has been unceremoniously yanked from market. Which, I guess, you could see as swift and decisive action on Microsoft's part, rather than a total failure of the company's mixed-up mobile strategy. Or both. Also, Apple lawsuits, Google's uncertain future in China, and the Woot monkey finds a new home at Amazon.

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New Kindle DX

Links from Thursday's episode of Loaded:

Amazon.com is releasing an updated Kindle DX with a lower price Amazon will soon allow you to read parts of Kindle books in the browser with HTML5 And in more Amazon news, the company buys Woot.com Google claims that search suggestions are being blocked in China Google News is redesigned with more customization and social-sharing features Microsoft ditches plans to launch the Kin in Europe, deciding instead to focus on Windows Phone 7

Amazon acquiring eccentric retailer Woot.com

Amazon is acquiring online retailer Woot.com. The deal was announced Wednesday afternoon on Woot's company blog, though financial details were not disclosed.

According to the post, Woot--like Zappos and Audible before it--will remain an autonomous unit and not part of the main Amazon.com shopping experience.

In a note to Woot employees, founder Matt Rutledge said, "We plan to continue to run Woot the way we have always run Woot--with a wall of ideas and a dartboard. From a practical point of view, it will be as if we are simply adding one person to the organizational … Read more

Woot set to expand its retail empire with 'Deals'

Popular online shopping site Woot is set to expand its network of sites into new territory: deal hunting.

Unlike some of the site's other properties, which offer a new item for purchase either on a daily or weekly basis (be it gadgets, wine, T-shirts, or kids toys), the new Deals.Woot service gets a steady stream of things to buy throughout the day. It's also run almost entirely by Woot's community. There are sponsored deals that have been hand-picked by Woot's editors, but users do the rest.

Users can add deals they find elsewhere on the … Read more

Webware 100 winner: Woot

Site: Woot.com Category: Commerce

Woot is an online retailer of goods. Most of the items sold are electronics, although you never know what will be next. The site sells a new product every night at midnight Central time and will keep it available until the next night or until it sells out.

Unsold goods are then later sold (usually at a discount) in what's called a Woot-off, where the retailer continues to sell new or previously listed goods until it runs out of stock, replacing it with other items. Woot-offs are well known for ending with the notorious &… Read more

HoopStick is like Woot, but with a moving price tag

Webware's Rafe Needleman and I are big fans of Woot.com. Since the introduction of the one-deal-a-day sales site, there have been several clones. However, none have caught my interest like Hoopstick. The site, which currently operates on weekends only, sells just one item a day. The big catch here is that the price tag is constantly changing, meaning patience or pure, dumb luck can get you a deal.

Today's item is a USB headset. When I started writing this, the price tag was hovering around fifteen bucks. Since then, it's come down to $12, jumped back … Read more