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Ever wish you could get all the eBay, Craigslist and Autotrader.com ads from your area in one location? Then here’s Yakaz, a social network for classified ads that is announcing the release of its latest version available in 190 countries and 50 languages.
Yakaz is a pretty simple concept in that it allows users to choice their location and then aggregates ads from a host of outside classified and auction sites, like eBay and Craigslist. The benefit is knowing that whatever it is you’re looking for, whether a car or sofa, is in your area. If you’re interested in posting a product or service, you’ll be allowed only 280 characters and the company will categorize it by keywords automatically.
The company isn’t just interested in providing users with ads, a “discussion” and instant chat feature has been added to allow users in a specific area to easily engage and make transactions. The features are also beneficial for asking questions about potential products or services from other users.
Ooodle’s Marketplace app on Facebook is probably Yakaz’s biggest competitor. The service is very similar in features, allowing users to see posts by location as well as chat with each other. However, Oodle’s Marketplace only shows ads from Facebook users, so customers won’t see ads from outside sites. That makes Yakaz a slightly more robust offering.
The Paris-based company, founded in 2005, secured a first round of funding for around $640,000 back in 2006 and currently has 15 employees.
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