Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Microsoft Takes on Craigslist
You can specify a geographic range for your Expo search, and the service also enables you to instantly map the seller's location. For now, the beta is limited to Microsofties and folks associated with the University of Washington, and the company will roll out the beta test on a regional basis.
Being able to IM sellers instantly is a promising application, especially if you want to sell or buy things in a hurry, such as concert tickets. Instant messaging is underused as a commerce application today, and someday we'll probably be sharing our protected identities and paying each other with virtual cash that way.
Even if Expo turns out to be cooler than Craigslist, it will be hard to wrest the millions of users from the anti-corporate site. Craigslist is dealing with a highly questionable lawsuit concerning vioations of the fair housing act, but it seems doubtful that Microsoft or any competitors will keep the site from growing.
By John Gartner at 02:23 PM | Comments (0)