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To be or not be (social)

In the process of developing Spekios, we were forced to make a decision in whether to include social features to the site or not. Since pretty much everything is around social nowadays, we thought this was a no-brainer and we should indeed add all of the social features users have become accustomed to (user profiles, “like” and “follow” buttons, list of friends, etc).

As time passed, we let this idea sink in and ended up moving away from it. Why? Not everything is about being social, nor does it need to be. It’s easy to fall into the temptation of building yet another social site, but do users really need it? As we see it, the more social Spekios becomes, the more it moves away from our mail goal of bringing together buyers and sellers. People aren’t looking to make friends when they want to buy a new couch or sell their old bicycle. We see social features as a distraction to users in our site.

Bottom line, we removed any unnecessary social features from Spekios and just left it with the bare minimum, like an internal messaging system so users can interact without giving away their personal information and a profile page with a (very) basic summary of what the user has bought and sold online.

First Deal Made!

We’re glad to announce that the first deal has been closed using Spekios.

The user was looking for a 3 dorm apartment in Tribeca and got 2 offers from 2 potential sellers! Both had a chance to describe what they were offering and the one with the best offer (not the cheapest!) ended up winning the deal!

Here is a link:
http://www.spekios.com/item/id/20

Congrats and Happy Bidding!

Going on vacation!

After 2 years working non stop, I’m taking a well deserved break and heading to Mendoza, Argentina.
Looking to step back from everyday city chaos and dive into the openness Mendoza has to offer. Coming back in 10 days recharged and ready for what 2011 has to offer. Until then 🙂