Craigslist Blocks Oodle

When I wrote about Oodle a while back, I wondered if the sources of its listings would ever get cranky (Oodle scrapes classified listings all over the web, then creates a vertical search engine). I never thought the first grump would be craigslist – but indeed, the company has…

When I wrote about Oodle a while back, I wondered if the sources of its listings would ever get cranky (Oodle scrapes classified listings all over the web, then creates a vertical search engine). I never thought the first grump would be craigslist – but indeed, the company has asked Oodle to stop scraping its listings. It feels counter to the vibe craigslist has always had. I’ve asked Craig for his reasoning, will post if/when he responds…

Author: John Battelle

A founder of NewCo (current CEO), sovrn (Chair), Federated Media, Web 2 Summit, The Industry Standard, Wired. Author, investor, board member (Acxiom, Sovrn, NewCo), bike rider, yoga practitioner.

54 thoughts on “Craigslist Blocks Oodle”

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