Let’s cut to the chase.
What is going on? Where is the old site? What the….
Simply put, it’s time for a change. It’s time to embrace Web 2.0
and community driven content.
When I began Domuswap in June 2007, there were a few swapping sites out there, none of them gaining much traction or publicity. I believe we created a better site than what was out there, but most importantly, we publicized the message, in the Wall Street Journal, Money magazine, TheStreet.com, and many major other news and TV outlets. As the message got out, other new and existing sites also partook in the publicity, helping to spread the message and promote house swapping. I’ve also met many people who are promoting house trading. Among the many, Daniel Westbrook of Onlinehousetrading.com and Greg Holt of Pad4Pad.com, have been the upmost professionals in all my interactions with them. I wish them, and others, the best of luck using the existing model.
However, I believe the model needs to change. Not that the existing model is not a good model, but, I hate to admit it, I’ve been disappointed with the results. I can, and will, talk about this, and how it could be improved, more in the future.
Domuswap is embracing a listing format more attune to Craigslist, something I’ve disparaged in the past. However, we are bringing that approach into Web 2.0, promoting community driven content, better social interaction, more hopefully a more fun experience.
Domuswap version 2.0 is currently a fairly blank slate. Let’s see what YOU can make it into, and hopefully swap some houses in the process.