Qwiki becomes Yahoo!’s 11th acquisition under Marissa Mayer

Yahoo-acquires-QwikiYahoo! recently announced that it has acquired the New York startup Qwiki, bringing the total number of acquisitions under the tenure of Marissa Mayer to 11. Originally a video search engine web platform since 2010, Qwiki shut down its web platform early this year and launched a social mobile video app after its iPad version of the app got about two million downloads.

After moving migrating back to New York from San Francisco, the company adopted the new focus in an effort to work with media brands such as ABC News. Qwiki works by organizing your photos and videos by date, location, and time of day and clumping it all together. It selects a song from your iTunes library based on your listening behavior, adds media, and allows you to edit the filters and captions before rolling a minute-long Qwiki with all of your iOS device’s camera roll. According to the founder and CEO, Doug Imburce, Qwiki was never intended to be a video-sharing app, but rather, a storytelling app.

What The New Acquisition Brings to Yahoo!

QwikiAs it has done with most of its acquisitions, Yahoo! will not kill off the brand. Instead, it will continue to support the app while the team joins the company in New York to reimagine the company’s storytelling experiences.

The mayor of New York city, Michael R. Bloomberg was also kind enough to comment on the new acquisition saying: “Qwiki is a great example of the momentum in New York City’s booming tech sector. While the company was started out west, they relocated here to be a part of our surging tech community… We congratulate them on their partnership with Yahoo!, and hope they continue to grow and thrive in New York City.”

Since taking over as CEO of Yahoo!, Marissa Mayer has spearheaded the acquisition of nearly a dozen startups that cost less than $100 million. These include Alike, Astrid, GoPolloGo, Jybe, Loki, Milewise, OntheAir, Snip.it, Stamped, Summly and now Qwiki.

What’s next for Yahoo!? As of this writing, Yahoo!’s Tumblr blog was updated with the news that the company had acquired Xobni, an address book app creator, bringing the total number of acquisitions by Mayer to 12.

“List of Things For Sale” is the minimalist approach for selling your stuff

There are numerous ways to sell your miscellaneous junk on the internet nowadays. The most popular methods are arguably eBay and Craigslist. However, some people just want to create their own online store of sorts and list everything they’re selling on one page in a very minimalist way. This is where a brand new service called List of Things For Sale comes in extreme handy.

After you create an account, you simply type in what you’re selling, the price you’re selling it at, and any details you want to include in the text editor provided. It will then automatically format your items into easy-to-read boxes where you can also add photos. You can even add a sidebar introducing your page to visitors and change the background (although choices are limited here).

Customers can easily pay through PayPal or you can arrange for other payment arrangements to be made, such as cash or check. You can also specify whether you’ll ship the items or require local pick up.

One downfall is that if you list something with a long name, it’ll get cut off (as you can see in the photo). I couldn’t find any settings to adjust the size of the boxes, so what you see is what you get. *Fixed

You can, however, simply just click on the title and it will expand the box to include the full name of the item.

If you can get over the fact that you can’t manually adjust the box sizes, then List of Things For Sale really is a super-quick and easy way to throw your stuff up for sale on the internet. There really is no simpler way to create your own online store.

Currently, there are two types of accounts you can sign up for. The free account is limited to only five items at one time, but you can upgrade to a $10/month account where that limit is raised to 100 items.