Prototypes are projects that explore different ways of using Etsy. Each prototype is released with the goal of gathering data and observing how people use them. Given their exploratory nature, these projects may come and go at any time, and they may not always work as expected.
Today we are happy to announce our a couple of inaugural prototypes:
HTML5 Color Browser
Use a non-Flash version of the Color Browser.
Seller Opportunity Tools
Find new opportunities in Etsy’s marketplace. This tool helps you make informed decisions about where to focus your creativity. You can look at the popular searches that currently are under-served in the marketplace, or compare potential ideas for your next project.
View now to join either of these prototypes: etsy.com/prototypes
A few Qs & As:
Q: Do joining prototypes affect my ranking, promotion or visibility in Etsy?
A: No. These prototypes are simply ways for our community to test the latest explorations by Etsy.
Q: Are we going to launch more prototypes?
A: Yes, on an ongoing basis! As soon as we have more ready, they will be available on the Etsy Prototypes page. Stay tuned.
Q: Do prototypes last forever?
A: Nothing lasts forever, except diamonds. The exact length of prototypes will vary but we plan on gathering information and learning from them so don't be surprised if we decide to incorporate functionality from an prototype into the main site for all Etsy users.
Q: What if I have problems using a prototype?
A: Etsy offers limited support for Prototypes. If you are having problems with a specific prototype, we recommend participating in the forum for the given prototype team.
We are excited to bring some Etsy members into our development process and to get your feedback, we hope you enjoy testing out these features as much as we enjoy building them!
Questions and feedback are welcome in this thread.
Frank, Vernon, Ryan and Greg.