In Canada, Craigslist took a little longer to catch on. Ebay noticed this, and therefore "picked up the pace" by spending TONS of money acquiring Kijiji visitors (mostly via SEM, but some display on major portals as well).
End result? Kijiji is #1 in Canada, and Craigslist is trending down in traffic - http://trends.google.com/websites?q=craigslist.org%2C+kijiji...
Long story short - if your business model depends on network effects, raise enough money to get big fast, as your basically racing to reach, not competing on product.
Awesome that they're doing so well and offering a better service than Craigslist from what I've seen so far (at least in Canada.)
Thanks for the post.
eBay can’t seem to provide a decent customer experience to save its life regardless of how much it charges for listings. Instead of improving their product, best strategy they can come up with is to buy a minority share in craigslist so that they can strongarm the company.
It is also very telling that people (especially the newspapers) think Craigslist has a duty to not undercut their outdated classifieds by not being free. You know they are really reaching for somebody to blame.
That's just not true. Finding things on craigslist has always been a painful experience for me. External tools (e.g. Padmapper) make things better in some categories, but the combination of craigslist's dominance and its stasis have been bad for consumers, regardless of their benevolent mindset.
IMHO, KISS is part of why Craigslist has been so successful.
Now I have those bookmarked and saved, but for someone like my dad who also likes Volkswagens, he doesn't know thats possible so has to weed through hundreds of newer VW ads. Thus its painful.
As a first step for us, the Craigslist users, in telling Craig and Jim what we think, I started a Facebook group. http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=114346357248 It only takes 12 seconds to show your support. Once we get to 1000 members or so we can take it to Twitter en masse.
See Mark Bao's blog post, also. http://markjournal.com/2009/07/craigslist-advertising-for-ch...
Their UI is brilliant, iconic, and works great. Why fix something that's not broke. And while Wired mag is shrinking and their tech culture authority has waned, CL is making $100M+ plus and growing with virtually no overhead. Yet they focus on Newmark's social shortcomings? How about a focus on his P&L, his dedication, and how he saved consumers billions on classifieds.
I could be wrong, but is sounds like the editors of a publishing company were pushing for a negative article about a site that's having an effect on publishing companies. I always thought that kind of stuff happened indirectly, through assumptions and implications.
Then again it could just be that they were just excited about an idea for a story.
I'm certainly not going to use the melbourne.craigslist.com.au (1 or 2 house/apartments per day and maybe 1 job.. what would be the point compared to seek.com.au / realestate.com.au