Goodbye Classifieds, Hello Community

Dan Pacheo’s got a post on his upcoming conference preso on Bakotopia, the Bakersfield, CA community-based classifieds site built with off the shelf software.
Dan says ” the idea of Classifieds, advertising and the entire behavior around buying and selling at a local level is changing to be more about community and social networking,” then explains that the new community-style classifieds offer a superior–and addictive– customer experience.
“At the 50,000 foot level, what is the real difference between citizen journalism and online self-serve Classifieds? It’s all about giving more power and convenience to consumers — oh yeah, and making it a lot more fun :-)
Unfortunately, it’s also about providing more value at low or no cost. This will undoubtedly be the hardest pill for newspapers to swallow.”
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