For the first time, eBay is opening up their platform to external developers. This was announced at the eBay Developers Conference on June 16. Formerly, developers could work through an Application Programming Interface (API) to develop applications for eBay. But now, developers will have more direct access to eBay’s Selling Manager.
This move is geared toward the seller community on eBay and will hopefully give eBay sellers more to work with. As it stands now, features and tools of Selling Manager are developed in house at eBay.
eBay calls this Project Echo. So if you are a developer and have some ideas about how eBay selling can be made better (that’s a pretty wide open landscape), then you now have a chance to produce code for eBay and for profit. It will not be publicly available until early 2009 so you have some time to think about it.