A site called Daylo launched earlier this week. (Full disclosure: I am pals with many of the people involved with building it.) Their mission is to “empower people everywhere by providing accessible and accountable ways to buy, sell and exchange services.” The elevator pitch, in my estimation, is “It’s a services-oriented Craig’s List, which emphasizes a) usability and b) is way nicer to look at and c) has the added feature of reputation management, a la eBay or Amazon.”
Right now it’s 8pm at a party that won’t get going till at least 10 or so – they have built it, but people need to show up for it to take shape. The design is fabulous – it’s clean and simple and colorful (a la that Bahamas identity I love so much). You can tell that the site was put together by people who have been involved in the internet for a long time – they understand technology, but also have an enormous affinity for its humanizing applications via sites like Flickr or Meetup. (More blogger full disclosure: I am pals with the Flickr founders and used to work at Meetup.)
To offer up your services, you need to create a Profile which will exist in the system as long as you want it to (no timed postings.) You can then make Offers on Requests. Here are some current services being offered:Walking Tours of NYC, Scientific Illustrations from someone in Seattle, and Small Office PC-LAN help in and around New Jersey.
In order to view services that people are looking for, you need to create a username and log in. (This makes sense to me – both in terms of quality control and privacy issues.) Services people are looking for include: painting, dog-sitting and Japanese Language Instruction