Date: Tue, 10 Oct 1995 01:35:48 -0400 (EDT) From: "Doctor Bob"
To: TOURBUS@colossus.net Subject: TOURBUS - 10/10 /~~~|~~~~|~~~~|~~~~|~~~~|~~~~|~~~~|~~~~|~~~~|~~~~~/~~~|~\ |____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____/ | \ | /_____|---\ / --T-H-E---I-N-T-E-R-N-E-T---T-O-U-R-B-U-S--> ///////| | | |///////| | ~~~/~~~\~/~~~\~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~/~~~\~~~~ \___/ \___/ "Why Surf When U Can Ride The Bus?" \___/ TODAY'S TOURBUS STOP: The Internet Mall (tm) TODAY'S ADDRESS: http://www.iw.com/imall Have you ever been in a roadside restaurant, happily shovelling a healthy helping of specialite du maison down the old gullet, when into the parking lot rolls a (dare I say it?) big shiny TOURBUS? BUS! The waitresses all chime in chorus. Suddenly the place comes alive with activity. Well watch out world, the Internet TOURBUS is hitting the Mall. Yup, we're taking over the joint - some 30,000 strong from 75 countries - will soon be pounding the virtual marble floors at The Internet Mall. The Internet Mall is the central spot for commercial enterprise on the Internet. Take any service or product for sale on the Internet, and you can be pretty sure it's listed in the Internet Mall. Some of the main "departments" you'll find waiting for you are: Food & Beverages Furniture & Household Items Clothing & Sporting Goods Personal & Professional Services Computer Hardware/Software Personal Items & Gifts Books & Magazines Automotive & Related Items A Little History ---------------- The Mall began life as a research project that Internet notable Dave Taylor did for an magazine article in early 1994. In February of 1994 the first Internet Mall listing was distributed on the Internet, containing 34 companies and just 200 lines. The Mall was an instant hit as the only public listing of commerce on the network. Since then it's now grown to over 4500 cybershops, ranging from florists to bookstores to food suppliers to crafts and hobby shops to educational video vendors. Also included are service vendors, people selling insurance, promotional goods, desktop publishing assistance, research bureaus, and even travel agencies. Philosophy ---------- What differentiates the Internet Mall from the other so-called cybermalls on the Internet is that companies can list in the Mall without charge. The cost of the mall is subsidized through corporate sponsorships and revenue from related print advertising. The Mall is growing at about thirty stores per day, but they don't let just anyone peddle their wares therein. Excluded from the list are: * Multilevel marketing schemes and Franchise opportunities * Internet service and access providers * Other malls (we list the stores therein instead) * Computer and Web consultants A typical listing is 4-5 lines of text specifying the company name, what's for sale, and how to contact them for more information. And since this is all about Internet-based commerce, you won't find postal addresses, phone numbers, or any other non-electronic contact information. It's electrons all up and down the aisles here. A Stroll Around --------------- An estimated 6200 visitors press their noses to the cyberglass each day at The Internet Mall, and there are some nifty features you should know about that you won't find at a "real" mall. The first is the "Search For" button on the welcome page, which presents you with the probing query: "What do you seek in the Mall?" Hey, let's see if there's any chocolate for sale alongside the infobahn... Ayup - 22 hits, including Ralph Rotten's Nut Pound, Barbra Jean's Famous Candies and Godiva Online. A few clicks takes you into the depths of vicarious indulgence as 60K images of Holiday Truffles dance on your screen. Only problem is they don't give out free samples in cyberspace. Pardon me for a moment while I clean my monitor... The next is the whimsical RAND-O-MALL feature, a randomly chosen selection of 20 stores from the Internet Mall. Hmmm, I got Jim's Ukuleles, Virtual Stained Glass and the Multiloan Mortgage Company, among others. If you don't like what you see, you can always spin the RAND-O-MALL wheel again to see more. OK, you're on your own now. Meet me back at the Bus on Thursday! -Bob ====================================================================== SUBSCRIBE : Send SUBSCRIBE TOURBUS to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.AOL.COM unSUBSCRIBE: Send UNSUBSCRIBE TOURBUS to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.AOL.COM Web Site : http://csbh.mhv.net/~bobrankin/tourbus (stop in for back issues and the logo contest) Advertising: E-mail BobRankin@MHV.net w/ Subject: SEND TBRATES ====================================================================== TOURBUS - (c) Copyright 1995, Patrick Crispen and Bob Rankin All rights reserved. Redistribution is allowed only with permission.