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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

What you can learn from this Airbnb horror story

What you can learn from this Airbnb horror story: "It’s no secret that Airbnb gamed Craiglist. The site allegedly created fake Gmail accounts to spam people posting their rental homes on Craiglist and recruit them to Airbnb. And with its eye-catching layout, user-friendly interface, and social integration, it makes sense that users could be persuaded to ditch Craigslist.

This, combined with Craigslist’s somewhat Wild West reputation, has given Airbnb users a false sense of security. In reality, Airbnb likely doesn’t warn people quite enough of what they are getting into. Craigslist might be something of an eyesore and fraught with scam artists, but at least you are notified in big, bold, impossible-to-ignore warnings."

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