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Facebook’s ‘social’ classifieds a hit with users; U.K., Canada next

Facebook’s ‘social’ classifieds a hit with users; U.K., Canada next

By  Jim Townsend and Mya Frazier So, was U.S.-based Facebook’s relaunch of its Oodle-powered classifieds a success? We’d say so. In less than a week, there were more than 22,000 free listings in Facebook’s Marketplace – about 7,000 new listings just over the weekend. Facebook’s Canada and U.K.  Marketplaces will launch next week. All other English-speaking Facebook country sites will launch af


EBay refocusing on ‘secondary market’

EBay refocusing on ‘secondary market’

EBay's future: fewer auctions, more liquidations, financial analysts were told in a briefing Wednesday. CEO John Donahoe said the company is shifting its focus to the "global secondary market" that sells low-volume and liquidated products.

The refocus is an effort to transform EBay's core marketplace business over time - lessening its dependence on waning auction activity. Generally, Int


Erotic-services ads down 90-95%, Craigslist says

Erotic-services ads down 90-95%, Craigslist says

The newest post on Craigslist's corporate blog says that in the past 12 months, the volume of listings in its Erotic Service categories is down 90-95 percent in five major cities, with sharp drop-offs following the company's November initiative with 40 state attorneys general to clean up prostitution ads by requiring credit-card verificat


Craigslist CEO: Sheriff’s suit ‘mystifies’

Craigslist CEO: Sheriff’s suit ‘mystifies’

Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster has publicly responded to a lawsuit that accused Craigslist of supporting prostitution through its Erotic Services sections. "Frankly, [Cook County] Sheriff [Thomas] Dart's actions mystify me," Buckmaster said. Dart sued Craigslist in a Chicago federal court last week. D


EBay launches new classifieds in Spain

EBay launches new classifieds in Spain

By Cristina Costa Auction-marketplace giant EBay has made a strategic shift in Spain with the start of EBay Anuncios, a new free-classified site linked to its main homepage at EBay Spain (www.EBay.es). .. This content is available free to Classified Intelligence Report clients. Visitors to EBay Sp


Chicago sheriff sues Craigslist

Chicago sheriff sues Craigslist

Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart sued Craigslist in a Chicago federal court, calling the site "the single largest source of prostitution in the nation."

Dart's department has made dozens of arrests of prostitutes and their customers who use Craigslist to set up liaisons. In June, Dart's deputies busted 76 in a prostitution sting, where undercover officers posed as johns.

The sherif


Facebook’s kindler, gentler classifieds powered by Oodle

Facebook’s kindler, gentler classifieds powered by Oodle

Facebook today relaunched its classified Marketplace, intent on capturing the essence of the social-networking experience without ticking off millions of its users in the process.

It's a big gamble for Facebook, which has been stung by criticism for earlier failed attempts to engage users in commercial initiatives. In 2007, Facebook tried to launch a service called Beacon, which gathered


Gabriels and Endeca hook up for better search

Gabriels and Endeca hook up for better search

Private label classified vendor Gabriels has hooked up with Endeca Technologies to provide Gabriels’ clients with better search. In an announcement, the companies said that it would lead to increased site activity, higher lead generation, enhanced user experience and increased advertising revenue.

The search platform includes tools to create contextual advertising and premium p


Facebook launches comment widget for Web sites

Facebook launches comment widget for Web sites

If your site doesn’t allow comments on articles or other types of content yet, don’t worry. Facebook is coming to the rescue. A new in-house built widget, called Comments Box, allows Facebook users to login through Facebook Connect and leave comments on a website with their name and profile picture from Facebook.

Facebook says it’s a quick and easy way for Web site



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