Facebook Deals Launches in Five Markets

Facebook today launched its Deals product as an “Alpha” in five markets: San Francisco, San Diego, Dallas, Austin and Atlanta. The effort plays up Facebook’s social connectivity, making it simple to “like” and share deals, and promote throughout the site. The launch comes at a time of rapid expansion in the deals space. Google Offers has also just … Read more

Local Matters Unveils Search and Social Platform for IYPs

Here’s a question: How long would directory publishers sit back and let new companies such as RedBeacon, AlikeList and others disrupt the leads economy for SMBs with search and socially driven features such as Twitter and Facebook? Or Google, with Place Pages? That’s a question that Local Matters and other Yellow Pages vendors have obviously asked themselves. Now Local Matters has … Read more

Oodle Raises New Round; VCs See Opportunity for ‘Social Classifieds’

Oodle, the mega classifieds platform company, has raised an additional $5.6 million from its existing investors, which include Greylock Partners, Redpoint Ventures and JAFCO Ventures. The company has raised $24 million in total. Noting that Oodle has recently signed companies such as WalMart, Facebook and MySpace, CEO Craig Donato told us his VCs see a major opportunity to build a “very differentiated … Read more

Citysearch CEO Jay Herratti Talks About MySpace Local

MySpace and Citysearch today confirmed the launch of MySpace Local, a new local city guide using functionality and feeds from Citysearch, including its taxonomy of categorization, geography structure, search functionality and content. The site is launching a beta version of the site this week, with a general U.S. launch next month. It will be available on the Web … Read more

Neil Budde: Personalization, Local and Daily Me

The overlap (and confusion) between “local” and “personalization” has always been a big one. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Online media pioneer Neil Budde is the founding publisher of WSJ.com and former head at Yahoo News. Budde has made something of a study of the cross-roads of local and personalization in his new role as … Read more

A Look at Facebook’s ‘Buy Button’ for SMBs

Facebook hasn’t really been a player in ecommerce –Facebook Credits, its games-oriented initiative, was shut down in 2012 after three years of experimentation with virtual currencies. But it continues to test the waters — which is not surprising, given its volume and huge edge in social media and native advertising. Last year, Facebook began to allow consumers to … Read more