August 25, 2006 13:19 ET

MePage at Isn't Just for Online Auctioneers

VALENCIA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 25, 2006 -- AuctionCities (PINKSHEETS: AUCC) MePage -- a new free service to meet the needs of online merchants.

"MePage" interactive features replacing "you've got mail" for online marketers.

Web 2.0 is redefining the usage patterns of everyone -- from teenagers to adults! For instance, many teenagers and even young adults are finding that MySpace has become an online "hangout."

MePages is a contender for the position of the "in place" for anyone who wants to know more about online marketing and auctions to hang out. Why? Because AuctionCities built the site to cater to the needs of every online marketer; it's a place to network, find, buy & sell products and information and just get acquainted with people who are interested in the online e-commerce arena. seems to be everyone's favorite social hangout -- at least for the 83 million and counting members it says it has. For teens, it's the online social network for chatting, surveys, music and keeping up with what's going on around town.

But young adults are flocking to the site for more than just online diaries. In fact, Nielsen//Net Ratings says the site is ranked No. 15 on the entire U.S. Internet in terms of page hits.

Many twenty-something MySpace addicts confess to logging on almost every day.

MySpace is becoming a substitute for the cell phone, with interactive chat vs. ordinary & boring e-mail, and much more useful than Google™, at least in the social networking sense.

Just like MySpace, AuctionCities is providing the MePages as a way to keep in touch and meet new people, people from everywhere, people who share common interests and who want to become part of a group; a virtual team interested in helping each other to succeed in a very tough and competitive and mysterious world of cyberspace that is just becoming known to average folks.

In addition to finding people with interests and information you need -- MePages is also a way for one to check out how others operate their businesses. After all, imitation is still one of the most sincere forms of flattery. There are so many things happening, and happening so fast, that having friends all over the place online is a great advantage, allowing you to be among the first to hear about innovations and trends.

More and more people seem to recognize the value of a more collegial business atmosphere where individuals come together to help one another, and AuctionCities MePages present a wonderful networking and advertising tool for FREE.

The site was recently unveiled and Mike Berman, President of AuctionCities, said, "We are proud to roll-out MePages, we hope they are warmly received as a place for every online marketer to network and promote their own interests while sharing some of their wealth of knowledge. We'll be working to improve the site and invite candid suggestions about how to make it a better place, to enhance the experience of everyone who comes to MePages.

"AuctionCities wants to see who can create the greatest buzz for signing up for a MePage. Whatever gets people thinking or talking about this will help to reach the tipping point for AuctionCities -- we are encouraging everyone to tell two friends as an informal way to get it rolling like thunder. Keep checking the website for an exciting announcement that will make your referrals worthwhile," Berman says.

MePages are also intended to help put a human face with each merchant. As we learn how to apply offline and online standards to the Web 2.0 paradigm, we understand that many time-tested strategies and sound business practices of our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents still apply today. People like to see, hear and know who they are doing business with. Even though we might never meet them in person, we still like to form relationships with people we can know on a personal level. The recent developments of streaming online audio and video allow us to incorporate these very necessary and human links. Like most fads in history teenagers discovered how to use these tools first; but some of us "older folks" are beginning catch on to what's "hip" and really helpful.

"MePages is designed to help build an identity for a small boutique, for a work at home mom or even for larger organizations," says Berman. "It allows the customers to be a part of the process on another level other than in-store contact usually associated with offline businesses -- it allows customers and associates to be allied and connected to one another on a different level."


Log on to

Register with a few quick questions.

Create a MePage profile with as much or as little information as you want. Follow the online prompts.

The rest is up to you. Upload a photo or two, start a blog, browse other users, make friends, form associations and network to the max.

About is an automated buying and selling website with thousands of items listed in hundreds of categories enabling buyers and sellers to interact in real time. prides itself on offering a fun, safe and secure way to do business on the Internet.

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