On this week’s edition of the Playcast, our three intrepid hosts begin with a discussion on Facebook’s newest beta venture. The social networking site has announced ”facebook questions and answers” – where like “Yahoo ask” and “Google answers”, users will be able to ask and answer those thorny questions that confound us every day. Now despite being heavily promoted, both Yahoo’s and Google’s ventures failed, leaving us with the question “Can Facebook succeed where others before them have failed?” The site has already started asking selected users to help with beta testing by asking and answering three questions – but how will it filter questions and answers? How will it use its social networking landscape effectively? More importantly, should we all be worried?
Next up, we discuss online shopping in India for products only available in the US. We look at the recently launched site 20north.com (a reference to India’s geographical position) and later talk to B. Muralikrishnan, Director-Marketing & Product, eBay India,
for a clearer idea on how such sites operate. The topics we touch on include regulation charges, the advantages of using an online site like ebay or 20north as opposed to shipping it yourself, and what kind of integration we can hope to see in the near future.
In our “shorter category” section, Krish introduces us to an insanely addictive and low-tech game called ‘Red square and marks the increasing dominance of the ’chip tune movement. He also recommends we watch this documentary. Sidin debates if Farmville and Foursquare deserve their places on the “Time” list of most useless inventions; and Samanth looks at what Goldman Sachs thinks of the 2010 FIFA world cup.