A while ago we published an article on how local mailing classifieds list Dipleague was being imitated by other “Dipleagues.” These other versions, available on different platforms though mostly social media, have similar names while offering the same service as the first Dipleague.
After a lot of varied opinions on the subject were raised in the article comments, Dipleague founder and former ZOL CEO Samir Shasha, posted his own comment yesterday. In it he pointed out how he has no problem with “Deepleague” as the service has distinguished itself from Dipleague.
In acknowledging how Deepleague grabbed an opportunity Shasha also pointed out how Deepleague has 15,000 likes while his Dipleague has a growing list of 30,000 subscribers. This is double the number of subscribers the service had in 2011.
Shasha however castigated the “Dipleague” on Facebook calling the service an unethical imposter out to deceive audiences through the original Dipleague’s credibility. The Facebook page is not an extension of Shasha’s service or associated to it in any way despite the identical name and similar service.
In the same statement Shasha also spoke of the lack of resources to make additions that we are all interested in seeing such as a mobile and web platform. This is probably explained by the fact that Dipleague is not monetised in any way to this very day. Shasha invited anyone keen on “volunteering” time to improve the service, something that local developers and startups might be keen on exploring.
On the issue of spammers, Shasha explained how he has the task of moderating the service on his own and since this as a community mailing list he is willing to block spammers if they are reported. He also pointed out how the move to block membership to holders of free email addresses like Gmail was meant to act as part of the spam solution.
Looking at the challenges the classifieds service is facing it would seem that a move to monetise might offer some solutions. A cashflow can help cover costs involved with moderators, the development of a web interface and even an app.
With the creators of different “leagues” giving feedback regarding this issue we would love to get comments from the team behind the “Facebook Dipleague”. Samir Shasha’s comment can be read here.
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