Remember Ning.com, the service for building and using social applications? I've been waiting for a really interesting app to come out of that - and this may be it. Anytown Marketplace is the creation of the exceedingly clever Jonathan Aquino. Jon described it as "a Craigslist-like app that you can clone and customize for your city if it doesn't yet have Craigslist." The Ning blog wrote:
"You can now set up your own Craigslist-style marketplace for free and without any coding (as the app owner, just drag-and-drop categories where you want them, then add, edit, or delete right there on the app).
When you clone it, it retains the categories youíll find on Craigslist, but you can also add, edit, or delete categories so your new marketplace app is relevant to your area."
I need to look into it more closely, but the concept sounds great. I only hope it can be exported to
craigslist-less New Zealand! :-) Update: I'll be darned, there is a craigslist here.