Site Bug Fixes
Strange things are afoot at the Circle-K.
Web 2.0 is passe, will we see a company proclaim they are Web 3.0 in the next 6 months? Proof is in the press release or being mentioned on TechCrunch.com. What's Web 3.0? Who knows what Web 2.0 is anymore?
New stocks to track and predict Federal Reserve Interest Rate Movement.
Federal Reserve Interest Rate Movement
Federal Reserve Interest Rate Increase June 2007
Federal Reserve Interest Rate Decrease December 2007
Federal Reserve Interest Rate Decrease September 2007
Federal Reserve Interest Rate Decrease June 2007
Federal Reserve Interest Rate Increase September 2007
Federal Reserve Interest Rate Increase December 2007
Some more American Idol contestants went home last night. Say good bye to:
Antonella, Jared Cotter, Sabrina Sloan, Sundance Head.
How will the U.S. unemployment rate change? Trade these stocks:
US Unemployment March Decrease - USUMD
US Unemployment March Increase - USUMI
US Unemployment June Increase - USUJI
US Unemployment April Increase - USUAI
US Unemployment April Decrease - USUAD
US Unemployment May Decrease - USUYD
US Unemployment May Increase - USUYI
US Unemployment June Decrease - USUJD
Index Detail: US Unemployment Rate
For those of you searching for news to help in your trading of OS X Leopard ship dates, here's a couple sites running their own (informal) predictions:
There's an interesting article on VentureBeat about using Wikipedia when building your site. Thought it was a relevant read based on how much we use Wikipedia for Stock and Index backgrounds here. Now, if only we could automate the importing of relevant stock information.
Really basic but also really easy to use. Instead of being a very specialized and highly-categorized prediction market based on politics or entertainment, this market is free form, which I think is a much more powerful strategy. The look and feel are very basic but I was up and running within minutes. Also, they offer you lots of money to trade at first and I wasted it all in one trade called, "Lindsay Lohan Sex Video," which is a market as to whether "a sex video of Lindsay Lohan surfaces on the Internet." I really like it.
Check out the rest of his blog, he covers a wide range of topics including social networking, politics, and blogging. Good stuff!
We're linked from NewMexicoMatters.com with a bunch of other prediction markets. Additionally, they also highlighted our Bill Richardson Democratic Presidential Nominee stock. Thanks.
The round of 32 teams have been added.
Index Detail: 2007 NCAA Mens Basketball Champions
For what it's worth, here are some more sites predicting when Mac OS X Leopard will ship:
I was doing some browsing around alexa.com the other day and came across some interesting stats. It appears that around the time we started rolling out the new site design, March 2nd, we also started picking up more page views. In fact, so much more that we surpassed inklingmarkets.com for most of the week. As anyone that does web publishing knows alexa scores should be taken with a grain of salt, but at least it's good to know that the new design is working well so far.
I'm just catching up on my blogging and found out we were mentioned on MIdasOracle.org by Chris. F. Masse this past Friday. Chris Masse and MidasOracle are fantastic resources and it should be one of the first stops for anyone interested in learning more about the mechanics and science behind prediction markets. I visit the site daily and have it bookmarked in netnewswire. Thanks Chris!
There's been numerous cosmetic site changes and bug fixes over the last few days that are in preparation for starting the new contest. I have a couple more things to tick off before we get it started. If you haven't guessed it so far, the grand prize will be an iPod Shuffle. I know I've been saying it for a while, but it's coming at last.
I'll also be adding some new stocks from the latest round of suggestions.
I'm starting to open up the database and the first thing up is xml and rss data feeds for each stock. There are orange buttons next to the name that will give you the current stock info.
The use for the RSS link should be straightforward. You can subscribe to any of your favorite stocks in news readers like NetNewsWire, BlogLines, Google Reader, etc. This will allow you to better track stock price movements without having to visit the site.
The xml is more raw but also contains more data. If you were interested in incorporating stock data from RealityMarkets.com on your own site you would use that link and parse it to your needs. For instance, you could also use the data to create a widget for something like your myspace account. The possibilities are endless.
Have fun and let me know if you end up using the xml data. I'm interested in seeing what people do with it.
New index and stocks for Dancing With The Stars 2007.
Predict who will win this year's Dancing With The Stars.
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