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Happy birthday, Gumtree

Thursday 18 March 2010, by

Gumtree is 10!Gumtree is 10 years old this year.  It’s been a remarkable 10 years, and I want to thank you for your part in making Gumtree the growing success that it is.

In the last 10 years, we’ve grown to become the UK’s largest classified ads website.  Last year, Gumtree became the site with the largest number of job and private car ads (nearly 10 times more than any other motors sites) in the UK. 13 million people use Gumtree every month, and I’m so proud to be part of something that plays such an important part in our lives.

For me, the core essence of Gumtree is that it connects people to find, buy and sell things they need everyday – we like to call it everyone’s local noticeboard. Like the other day, someone told me about how he’d sold his child’s old bike to a neighbour who lived 6 doors down. Previously, he’d never said hello to this neighbour, and now they regularly get together with their families.  Stories like that just make it all so worth it.

Our 10th year is going to be exciting.  As you might know, over the last few months, we’ve been seeking your feedback on a site redesign. We’ve had almost 5,000 comments from you so far, of which nearly half are being reflected in the changes to the work-in-progress site – from being able to search easily, whether it’s across cities in the country (particularly useful when searching for cars or jobs) or in your local area (for finding a flat or day-to-day stuff), to addressing spam issues in the Jobs category. While the new site will be ready soon, you can still opt in to test our sneak peek site and give us your thoughts.

Thank you once again for making Gumtree what it is today and here’s to the next 10 years!


P.S.  If you’ve got a great story to tell about something you’d bought, sold or found on Gumtree over the last 10 years, we’d love to hear it over email.

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