October 31st: Moving Day for Everyone in the eBay Neighborhoods

Posted on September 16, 2009. Filed under: eBay | Tags: , , , |

 Just about 2 years ago, eBay unveiled their “eBay Neighborhoods”, an attempt at creating social networking among eBay community members.  There is an excellent Gigacom article titled “eBay: Here Come the Neighborhoods” that was written October 2007 about the eBay Neighborhoods.

And until October 31, 2009 you can view a list of some of the 700+ eBay Neighborhoods by clicking HERE

In case you aren’t familiar with eBay Neighborhoods, they are (in my opinion), miniature versions of the eBay community forums where discussions take place.   In the “crafting” neighborhood, there is a discussion topic started asking if anyone sells on Etsy and in the “video games” neighborhood, someone is offering to trade their xBox or Wii or both for a PS3.  Those are probably not the topics of conversation that eBay really envisioned for their social networking neighborhoods.  And, of course, some neighborhoods are a free-for-all with a variety of topics being discussed, many of which have nothing to do with the neighborhood title.  Every other post should really start with OT to signal that the post is off-topic in some neighborhoods. 

I vaguely remember when eBay announced their new Neighborhoods and I remember stopping by the Neighborhoods page once to check it out.  But my thought at the time was that the eBay Neighborhoods didn’t really provide anything “new” for community members.   There are the eBay Discussion Boards (community forums), which have category-specific boards such as Coins, Dolls, and Hobbies & Crafts.  And then there are eBay Groups which, according to eBay are “a great way to connect with other members who share your interests.”

So, how are the Discussion Boards and the eBay Groups different from the eBay Neighborhoods which, according to eBay are “a place for members to share information about the things they love, and interact with other people who share their interests“?

I never really “got it” in October 2007 when eBay announced the Neighborhoods and, honestly, I never thought about eBay neighborhoods much after that because late 2007 I was busy with holiday sales and early 2008 John Donahoe began making announcements which sent my head spinning round and round for quite awhile.  I simply forgot all about eBay Neighborhoods.  Instead, I was focused on trying to keep a handle on all the eBay changes, including those that were not announced as well as those that were announced, that were being thrown at me.  

I’m not surprised at all that eBay is discontinuing their “Neighborhoods” Social Networking experiment.  eBay Neighborhoods are categorized as “eBay Blogs” and, thus, they will be discontinued October 31, 2009 — about two years after they were introduced to the eBay community — just as all the other member-created blogs will be discontinued at that time as well.

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How long till reviews and guides suffer the same fate? A disproportionately high number of guides dwell on the types of negative occurrences endemic to ebay- how to spot fakes, avoid getting swindled, etc and surely this type of thing reflects poorly on the shiny, new, ‘safe’ ebay. So it’s only a matter of time, eh?

The alternate venue that can whip up a quickie “catchers mitt” for some of these blogs will likely enjoy many, many grateful signups.

I saw the headline and thought something else… thought maybe it referred to eBayers having to move out of their homes and neighborhoods – as I have had to do.

Thanks eBay!

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