ebay reinvents it's self as the world leader for Call Girl and Escort Service spam ads. Elephant in the social media boiler roomThis situation has been ongoing for a long time now, and thus deserves another look. It got very limited attention when ecommercebytes did a blurb about. It did not even get it’s own headline. As with other ebaY issues, it has reached the level of the truly absurd.


Attempting to access the ebaY community forums or Answer center, now powered by Lithium, I see the following:

The Forums Are Closed For Maintenance

The forums are currently undergoing maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please try again later.

The Forums Are Closed For Maintenance_20130805_640c

Seems like an odd time to have unannounced maintenance, doesn’t it? No word whether … (more…)

Danger Will Robinson! Ebay not safe for man nor beast!
Updated 08-01-2013 – See below

Heads up!

It seems that the ebaY community forums are under a spam attack, and their new forum moderation / social media service Lithium is asleep at the wheel! Same ol’ same ol! Who could imagine?

Here’s a look at the …


Updated, 06-25-2013:

Ebay forums are down or otherwise unreachable . Users may be redirected to liveworld.com maintenance page, or be unable to access at all. Scroll down to the comments for more info.


Ebay.com main site finally makes an announcement regarding their forums.

Highlights include:

  • A new “ask a question” feature
  • The ability for you to give kudos to other users’ posts
  • When you ask a question, you’ll be able to see when an answer is posted, and then “Accept the Solution” if you think the answer is a good one. Every time you accept a solution, you help other members who may have the same question find their answer even faster.




In case you haven’t heard the news, LiveWorld is expected to end it’s contract with ebaY on June 30,2013. No word yet what the fate of the forums/community will be.

ebay's New Seller Protection Forum


A very curious message has appeared at the top of the page at Paypal MicroPayments website:

Paypal Micropayments Announcement

Important notice: this application will be removed from service starting May 1, 2013.  The servers will be shut down after June 1st, 2012.  If you have any questions, please contact PayPal Labs.

I’ve checked around to other spots such as ebay’s announcement board, the PayPal Blog, Twitter, news search etc and find no mention of this. I was also unable to find any cached version of the page from before 04-12-2013, when/where it showed the bulletin.

What makes it even more mysterious though is that… (more…)