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More On Why Craiglist Said No To Oodle

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Craigslist targets Oodle for 'scraping' its listings at the San Jose Mercury News looks at why Craiglist asked Oodle to stop scraping its listings, which we wrote about earlier.

Craiglist said some in its own community seemed to resent the listings profiting something outside the community. Of course, since Oodle was actually sending traffic to Craiglist, Craiglist itself was profiting a bit off of Oodle -- in the same way it profits with attention from traffic any search engine sends it.

Craiglist also said Oodle's crawling was putting a resource intensive burden on it and made use of the Craiglist name in marketing and press releases. Other sites might also be on the Craigslist hitlist, it's also hinted at, though Craiglist didn't name any.

It's also interesting to hear that in contrast to Craiglist, eBay's actually paying Oodle to carry its listings. That's also ironic given that eBay fought a suit to keep Bidder's Edge from carrying its listings back in 2000, helping cause Bidder's Edge closure the next year.

See also Why craigslist booted Oodle... and more to come? from the author of the Merc story, Matt Marshall, on the related SiliconBeat blog, on comments about scapers/meta searchers having trouble (or being unaware) of the Craiglist 100 listings maximum terms of use.

Postscript: Growing Pains in MetaVertical Search from Pamela Parker at ClickZ has further comments from Craigslist, including that regular search traffic referrals aren't that significant (only 1 to 5 percent). The story also revisits some other interesting meta search cases and disputes, such as AA versus FareChase.


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