|Sat Apr 5 2008 15:58:44|
Battle of the Blogs: eBay and Alibaba
By: Ina Steiner
eBay and Alibaba both launched new blogs last week. The eBay Ink blog describes itself as an "official source for information, opinion and perspective on eBay Inc." And the AliBlog is "the latest word from Alibaba.com on our news, events, and community."
While the two companies are rivals in China, Alibaba is actually a source of product for eBay PowerSellers around the world.
My suspicion is that eBay became bitter towards Alibaba when it lost out to Yahoo in partnering with the Chinese powerhouse a few years ago. (eBay CEO Meg Whitman was quite snarky about Alibaba during an annual shareholders meeting, and the Washington Post's Leslie Walker documented tensions between the two companies during an eBay conference.)
Some old grudges have been forgotten by new eBay President and CEO John Donahoe (the MercExchange patents, for example), but Alibaba is not on the Exhibitors List for eBay's upcoming June conference.
Good luck to bloggers Cliff Hsia of Alibaba and Richard Brewer-Hay of eBay. We'll be watching you.