More On Why Craiglist Said No To Oodle


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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