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Jul 3, 2008 | 3 minute read

Why eCommerce is a Lot Like ICanHasCheezburger

written by Linda Bustos

ICanHasCheezburger is a photoblog where users can submit funny cat pictures with captions. Users are encouraged to "Lolspeak" which has evolved into common buzzwords like "oh hai," "ur doing it wrong," "srsly" and "kthxbai." A lot of people surf ICHC while they're supposed to be working.

Ecommerce websites upload product pictures and descriptions. Etailers speak gibberish like "average conversion rate," "landing page optimization" and "Geo-IP targeting." A lot people shop online when they're supposed to be working.

Today's post is a tribute to online retailers and cat lovers everywhere. For each ecommerce topic, there is a Cheezburger pic and a link to a related article (most on Get Elastic, a few from our blogger frendz). Hope u likez.

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