TXTOWEB – Nigeria’s Most Innovative Classified Ads Platform
TXTOWEB is a new service that lets you send instant short messages in form of classified ads via SMS from your mobile phone to the web. Yeah, that’s right. No need for internet access on your phone. Just SMS.
Developed by Fusure Limited, a technologically driven, avant-garde group with a visionary bias for developing ground-breaking web applications, TXTOWEB is the first innovative classifieds ads platform in Nigeria.
How does it work?
TXTOWEB makes it easy for you to advertise your Businesses, Events, Talents, Job vacancies, relationship needs on the Web instantly from your mobile phone.
To use TXTOWEB, simply identify the category you want to advertise on, e.g Business & Industries. Then type the relevant keyword for the category, e.g BI. Allow space before typing your message, then SEND to 33810.
TXTOWEB works with MTN, GLO or ZAIN networks and each SMS you send costs N50 only, which instantly appears on the web and stays for a duration of 2 weeks.
With TXTOWEB, you can advertise just about anything you want. The site also syndicates news articles from both local and international news sources.
TXTOWEB has been voted as an innovative platform (currently 53% votes) more than as a creative or interesting platform.
Great innovation from the guys at Fusure Limited. I think they’ve made classified ad listings in Nigeria a lot easier and smarter, though not safer yet.
With N50 per message posted on the platform, I think a revenue sharing deal with their short code provider (perhaps Mtech) and the mobile operators that lets TXTOWEB get between 10-15% would not be a bad deal.
TXTOWEB could become a major competitor in the Nigerian classifieds market where sites such as Nairalist.com, Gbogbo.com, Kerawa, Chukslist.com and the rest are blazing the trail.
Personally, I think the market is already saturated which makes Seun Osewa, owner of Nairalist ask:
Should Nairalist have been packaged as a software product and not a new website? How many craigslists can Nigeria (or the world) accommodate?
Someone even suggested that he should turn “Nairalist into a Facebook application that allows people to put stuffs they want to sell and share it with their friends and their friends can share it with there own friends too”.
My question is: Can these classifieds sites offer other smarter and more innovative solutions to their users? What are your thoughts?
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