Become.com Out of Beta

Apr 12, 2005 • 9:19 am | comments (1) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Shopping Search Engines
 

Yesterday I received an email from Michael Yang, in bulk, saying, "We are opening our site to the general public." Become.com is a search engine vertical focusing on the shopping niche. They have received some good PR in the past, so a lot is expected of them.

Here is the full email, for some reason, the email had a blank subject. To me that seems unprofessional.

Dear Become.com Beta Testers,
On behalf of everyone at Become, I would like to thank you for using Become.com. Your feedback has been invaluable to us as we continue to improve our service. Many of you made suggestions that led directly to new features, such as our recently launched spellchecking technology. Other suggestions are influencing current development. Thank you!
Starting today, you can use www.become.com without having to login.. We are opening our site to the general public with the world's largest shopping index of 3.2 billion web pages from over 40 million web sites. We have many new services in development and will continue to roll out new features in the future. If you would like to stay up to date on our progress, please sign up for our Email Updates service at http://www.become.com/email_updates.html. Otherwise, this will be our last communication with you as a registered user.
Thank you for your interest and support of Become.com.

Warmest regards,
Michael Yang
Founder, President & CEO
Become, Inc.

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Comments:

busybeingborn

04/12/2005 02:16 pm

looks they all they've "become" is a clone of google. how can you create your own identity, recognition, etc. as a new site...especially in search, when you have the enitire look and feel of Google. I realize there is only so much you can do with the look and feel of SERP's but this is so far inside the box they're gasping for air. BBB

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