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EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 2365 - September 08, 2010 - ISSN 1539-5065    4 of 6

Etsy Launches Groups to Support Member-to-Member Communication

By Ina Steiner
EcommerceBytes.com
September 08, 2010




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Etsy has launched Groups in an invitation-only beta test. The first phase of Groups offers minimum abilities to edit and moderate a collection of members on Etsy. Eventually Groups will include discussion forums, marketplaces and communication features.

The Etsy Groups are designed to help members and Etsy Teams (formerly called Street Teams) to communicate with each other. The marketplace currently has 39,337 members in 796 teams and receives applications to create more almost everyday. Etsy said the Groups feature would make it easier to create, maintain and promote an organization on Etsy, whether it is called a Team or goes by another name.

Etsy is rolling out Groups in three stages, at which point anyone on Etsy will have the ability to create a group, write a description and create membership guidelines.

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.

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