There’s been a lot of discussion on the recent discovery that Airbnb, one of the fastest growing online accommodation rentals websites, has spammed Craiglist users to collect renters.
I have a lot of respect for Airbnb, both for their website and their approach to the accommodation problem, and I am sorry to see this has happened.
They were supposed to be the cool new guys in this industry, bringing ideas and much needed oxygen, not spammers.
I really welcomed them, and still do, even if they are competitors.
But why would such a cool website need to resort to spamming for growth?
Well, because it’s hard to convince the owners to add their property on yet another website and add one more round of update-prices-update-calendar-learn-system-get-maybe-requests-follow-the-internal-rules-maybe-get-reservation and…pay for it.
I have met too many owners around the world not to be aware of the fact that they spend way too much energy and time updating calendars. Continue reading Thoughts on the Airbnb/Craiglist issue and how we will grow