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Kijiji – The Next Craigslist? July 4, 2007

Posted by Mike in Freebies, Online Service, Technology.
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KIJIJI.COM

It looks like Craigslist is getting some competition from Kijiji.com, a free classified service backed by eBay.

Greg Sandoval of Webware.com gives us the details on his blog. Read about it here.

I took a quick peek at the Bay Area page on Kijiji today. Since it just launched on a large scale in the United States (it’s been available in Canada and other countries for a while), there aren’t a lot of ads yet but I’m sure that will change in the near future. For the same reason, Craigslist.org has more categories at the moment.

Posting an ad on Kijiji essentially follows the same process too. A person fills out an ad and then must post it by clicking on a link in an email address.

Kijiji does offer an RSS feed to alert people to new ads on their site, which is a nice idea. Although, I’m not sure how many folks want to keep track of every type of new ad that comes onto Kijiji. It’d be a better idea to narrow down the RSS feed to a certain type of ad (homes for sale, car for sale, etc).

I do think the name, while catchy, is tricky to spell. I keep finding myself counting the number of “i’s” that I’ve typed in Kijiji. I’ll definitely bookmark it so I don’t have to worry about misspelling it every time.

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