Toronto, ON - May 6, 2009 - MySpace Canada, the leading social portal in Canada, today announced a new social classifieds service called MySpace Canada Classifieds located at http://canada.classifieds.myspace.com/. Powered by Oodle, MySpace Canada Classifieds offers users a safe -- and social -- marketplace to buy and sell products and services within their trusted group of friends for free.
Through MySpace Canada’s social networking framework, users are able to easily share information about what they are looking for with their friends through MySpace bulletins and blogs. Because user profiles are attached to each listing, MySpace users get a better understanding of who they're selling to, trading with or buying from. These features make MySpace Canada Classifieds a safer environment and provide a more efficient way to connect buyers and sellers.
“The growing prevalence of social networking sites such as MySpace Canada has enabled a new type of online classified service to emerge. By partnering with Oodle, MySpace Canada has reinvented traditional classified services and created a safer and more social marketplace for users to buy, sell or trade items, on a local or national level,” said Susan McGill, Executive Director, Sales, Marketing & Business Development, MySpace Canada.
“Online transactions depend on trust, and by allowing users to understand who they are selling to and buying from, MySpace can help lift the veil of anonymity that can some times cause anxiety for any of the parties involved. This is the next level of online classifieds which will give users a great experience in a trusted environment of people they know,” continued McGill.
"As a leader in this market, we are constantly innovating and evolving the classifieds experience for our users, ensuring that these transactions can take place with confidence," said Craig Donato, CEO of Oodle." We're thrilled to be working with MySpace Canada to develop a truly unique service that leverages the social aspects of MySpace."
In addition to the launch of AOL Classifieds in the U.S., a site for Canada, http://classifieds.aol.ca, is also available beginning today. An AOL Classifieds site for the UK will be launching later this week.
MySpace is the world’s leading social portal for connecting people, content, and culture. MySpace empowers its global community to experience the Internet through a social lens by integrating personal profiles, photo sharing, professional and viral videos, blogs, mobile, instant messaging, and the world’s largest music community. MySpace is the highest trafficked website in the United States and includes an international network of more than 30 local community sites throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Fox Interactive Media is a division of News Corporation. (NYSE:NWS - News, NWS.A - News; ASX:NWS - News, NWSLV - News).About Oodle
Oodle is pioneering the next wave of e-commerce by bridging together social media with online classifieds. The company operates the largest network of classifieds services in the US, with a partner network of more than 200 leading brands including Comcast, Cox Broadcasting Facebook, MySpace and Walmart. With access to more than 200 million users worldwide, Oodle provides consumers and local advertisers with a great way to promote their listings. Oodle also helps buyers by providing them with the most listings, over 500,000 new listings a day aggregated from over 80,000 different sites. With its next generation platform, Oodle offers media companies and online communities a great user experience and proven business model for free community classifieds.
Oodle is also available in the United States (www.oodle.com), Canada (canada.oodle.com) & UK (www.oodle.co.uk).
* Based on comScore Media Metrix Audience Duplication report (January 2009). The AOL Local Network is comprised of MapQuest, Moviefone, Digital City, when.com, AOL Real Estate and AOL Local.
For more information, please contact:
NATIONAL Public Relations for MySpace Canada
Director of Public Relations, Oodle