Here Technologies announced its Open Mobility Marketplace at CES 2018 that serves as a hub for supplying and requesting mobility services. Not only will it connect customers with suppliers, the Open Mobility Marketplace will allow customers to compare prices of mobility services in one central portal.
Facebook may be facing more questions than ever about whether it's too powerful, but the company isn't letting that stop them from expanding into new areas. Today, the company introduced a new feature that lets you shop for handymen, house cleaners, plumbers, and other "home services" directly from Facebook's Marketplace. SEE ALSO: While you weren't looking, Facebook hit Snap where it hurts most Expected to roll out in the U.S over the "coming weeks," the feature lets you shop for services and chat directly with the businesses or individuals about the work you need to get done. Like other Marketplace expansions, the new hotline to household maintenance is enabled by partnerships with third parties, in this case Porch, Handy, and HomeAdvisor. Facebook says these partnerships ensure the service providers have been vetted and properly accredited.
Facebook is going to put ads in its Marketplace section for online classifieds. That's right, in addition to seeing posts for things like used couches and bed frames, you'll likely see advertisements for Bed, Bath & Beyond and Pier 1. In addition to that, now you'll be able to pay to "Boost" a listing, much like you would a News Feed post or event listing. As TechCrunch reports, these user-paid Boosts don't offer any sort of granularity to who they're targeting. Instead of being able to drill down so your ad for a used camera lens will only appear to folks who've indicated on their profile or posts that they're interested in photography, options are limited to appearing for adult users in surrounding ZIP codes.
A lot of home service pros already advertise their services on Facebook's Marketplace, but now the social network wants to make their presence on its Craigslist rival official. Facebook will roll out a dedicated Services section within Marketplace in the US starting today, and you can visit it whenever you're looking for home service pros like plumbers, cleaners and renovators. The social network is populating the category with providers from Handy, HomeAdvisor and Porch, which presumably means they're all background-checked and vetted by those companies. Providers' listings will show you their ratings, reviews, credentials and location, so you can quickly decide which ones to contact. You can then send your project description to several professionals at once to get a quote and then discuss the details in Messenger.
Technology has already transformed the search for an apartment and a roommate along with every other social interaction. Tech companies have been entering the real estate market for a while now, disrupting the traditional method of working with a real estate agent or broker to find a place to live. Before that, Craigslist began connecting renters and owners without agents.