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The New Facebook Marketplace Powered by Oodle

Today, we’re launching Facebook Marketplace powered by Oodle. Facebook first introduced the Marketplace application in May 2007 as a way for people to post classified listings on the site — helping them buy and sell furniture and household items in a trusted environment. Late last year, Facebook turned to Oodle for our expertise with online classifieds, and we’ve built an entirely new version of Marketplace focused on giving people a trusted place to buy, sell or give things away to other Facebook users.

We’re also introducing a new feature in Marketplace — Sell For a Cause which allows you to donate the proceeds from items you sell to over a million participating charities including UNICEF, the Sierra Club and local organizations like the Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco. Right now, I’m selling some things my kids have outgrown (train table, bicycle) to support the Samaritan House — a local charity in Oodle’s hometown of San Mateo, California that supports programs for families in need. If even 10% of the users on Facebook sold something for $10, we would be able to collectively raise over $175 million for causes around the world.

In the coming months, we’ll be rolling out even more functionality and categories. Please share your feedback on what we’re doing.

In the meantime, I urge you to buy or sell for a cause you believe in!

9 Responses to “The New Facebook Marketplace Powered by Oodle”

  1. March 3rd, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    Phong Nguyen says:

    This is great news! congratulations!

    I have a question / suggestion for you. Do you think people would like to anonymize their phone number as well? For several years now we try to get folks like Craigslist to allow their users to anonymize their phone number just like they anonymize the email. No answer from them nonewhatsoever. We believe that privacy is of great concern, and we know of lots of folks who would like to do so, even if they are charged a nominal fee. Let us know if we can talk further since our service can enable this new way of secure communications easily.

  2. March 4th, 2009 at 1:19 am

    Shaping Youth » Sell Oodles For Shaping Youth Via Facebook Marketplace says:

    [...] couldn’t be better, given the bleak economy and clamp down in donor dollars, as the idea of selling things you aren’t using is sublime. Think of it as a virtual garage sale among 175 million users… friends and ‘friends [...]

  3. March 5th, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    René Fabre says:

    Craig…
    This is good news… and I really like the Sell for a Cause idea.
    thx…
    René

  4. March 10th, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    What’s Happening on the Web Today? | Doug Jumper says:

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  5. March 10th, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Lionhead says:

    This is a warning to the people at oodle. Cancel your deal with Financial Media Group right away. The company and its CEO are scam artist. Any business who has any dealings with this company has either lost money or FNGP has failed to live up to their end of the deal leaving an unfulfilled contract. Don’t take my word for it, do your research on CEO Albert Aimers an Nick Iyers. They are not to be trusted.

  6. March 12th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

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    [...] couldn’t be better, given the bleak economy and clamp down in donor dollars, as the idea of selling things you aren’t using is [...]

  7. March 24th, 2009 at 2:19 am

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  8. April 6th, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Working with Search Company Oodle : TechStarter says:

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  9. July 6th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

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