Ookong provides users with a detailed monitoring tool for Amazon purchases. Users can select an item on Amazon and watch it through Ookong. Ookong provides the user with price history so they can see the highest and lowest prices for that item. The user can also set up notifications that will alert them when the Amazon price goes down. Easy to read graphs depict Amazon’s pricing as well as the prices found for the same item on third party websites. The Ookong homepage includes a list of the most popular items with a thumbnail of their price graph and link to the item’s page for more in depth information. Ookong users can also install the application’s browser add on for Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari and Opera browsers.Show more screenshots »
Ookong was founded in June of 2009 by Jay Wang and Wenbin Ye. The team is currently based out of Garland, Texas and includes President Connie Xu. The application was created as a social shopping service that enabled users to follow a product to see how its price fluctuates. Today, Ookong is equipped with many valuable tools that help users monitor products and see what their friends are watching as well.
Ookong is a great way to monitor the price of an Amazon product. The application adds a social networking element by allowing users to interact through their product lists. A user can post a list of favorite products and review lists posted by others. The application also offers a notification service that alerts users when a price has gone down in case they wish to purchase the item and save a few bucks in the process.
There is something very playful about the Ookong website. The fun atmosphere is highlighted by the grinning monkey king logo and other subtle graphic elements found throughout the website. A pale blue background and hints of green compliment the overall theme of the site, whose name is based at least in part on the character Master Oogway from the animated film, Kung Fu Panda.
New users are given two options when creating an Ookong account. The first is to click the dark blue “Log in with Facebook” button found at the top, center of the homepage. The other option is to click the blue “Join Ookong” link to the right of the Facebook button. The registration form is very short and requires a username, email address and password. The username chosen determines the user’s Ookong URL. Before completing registration, the user must enter a Captcha code to prove that they are human.
Ookong works much like a social network that is based on products. The site benefits by offering free membership to encourage more users to participate in its community. Anyone can create an account for free. There are no extra charges for using any of the current Ookong features. That being said, the user can spend money through the site. Users may be enticed to make a purchase as they monitor price changes through Ookong. This is not a requirement and has nothing to do with the site, but can be a consequence of price monitoring.
Ookong is a great service for anyone who wants to monitor product prices. The social element makes the activity more interesting. Ookong provides users with many helpful details about a product and its price changes.