Unfortunately there are other companies with a strong incentive to make identifying specific products as difficult as possible. And clothing companies have never been good about sticking with a specific product anyway. I got a Ralph Lauren suit last year that I liked enough to consider ordering another one, but they had already stopped making that style. Maybe dresses or something I could understand, but men's suits?
If you can't buy a product even if you can identify it, then what's the point? Do you have any thoughts on how to get around this problem? One idea that comes to mind is that you could use your data to build a ranking of how long clothing companies (or any companies) stick with their products. I'd certainly find it useful.
Best of luck!
yeah - we currently actually work with a heap of retailers and we do match to where you buy them - we've around 90 or so at the moment (love to get your thoughts on http://about.crowdsend.com).
publishers can do a bunch of stuff too - but we think the bigger problem rests with the community than with publishers.
basically once a product's been identified then we match it to a bunch of retailers if we can find it!
i can totally appreciate its annoying. kinda tough how to balance it
Thanks for checking out our product. Been working hard on it to resolve the problem of object recognition and trying to produce something thats different to what's out there right now.
If you know anyone that want's to help or get involved - love to speak to them or if you want an invite just let me know and I'll send it right now.
Love your feedback on http://about.crowdsend.com too if you can! Open to anything.
We've been working together putting some finishing touches on CrowdSend. I think it's going to be a winner.
I think it's a bit like nerds and bragging rights in being able to produce good explanations for difficult technical questions. Along that line of thinking, perhaps a stackoverflow karma / community recognition style system might be enough.
Cheers, Good luck!
Do you automate some of the product identification or is it only by users?
We think being able to ask what something is and getting a response from a community is something thats a bit different in the image space.
we're totally bootstrapped so just trying to get the web app sorted at the moment and then we'll get that out!
for the incentives, just use something like kiip.
What will be the primary use case of your product?
You as a user, can grab any image, from any website - and ask what is inside it and others can help you. That's what we believe is the biggest problem.
The problem isn't arriving at an image and knowing - its arriving and not knowing. Luminate (and others) require the publishers to tag - however what if you arrive at some website (like the entire of instagram as one tiny example) and want to know what's in an image - where do you go ? Google - nope. That's just similar images they don't tell you any more. Luminate won't help you either.
So that's the difference - luminate and everyone else doesn't actually help you solve a problem as you surf the web.
Love to give you a preview if you're interested - we've done all this bootstrapped. We are only in beta so there will be bugs!
but let me know what browser so i can double check ?