Craigslist, the online classifieds company that is big in the Bay Area and elsewhere, had told Oodle that it can no longer take Craiglist’s listings for inclusion in its site.
As search engine expert John Battelle points out, he’d wondered if the sources of Oodle’s listings would ever get cranky (Oodle, a start-up based in San Mateo, “scrapes” classified listings all over the web, then creates a search engine for those classifieds). We’d had the same thought, but for some reason Craigslist had seemed patient with these sorts of things. Remember, there have been numerous mashups, including the Housing Maps one, where author Paul Rademacher had reported he’d gotten Craigslist’s tacit permission to use its housing listings. But Rademacher always made clear he wasn’t doing it for the money.
Anyway, there’s a bit of sturm and drang over the the Oodle blog (see comments), where people are clearly fired up. Craig Newmark, of Craigslist, has responded to one rather nasty criticism.