I got the email this week that Odesk is merging with Elance. My honest first reaction to this news was; ugh, yuck.
I’ve actually always preferred Odesk over Elance, both when outsourcing work and when bidding on projects. I’ve always seen them as being very different marketplaces.
I’m not sure how this will turn out for freelancers who use the two communities to find work. I’m hoping it will be good news all around and we’ll see a balance between the two systems.
According to the announcement each site will still stand on its own, but they’re hoping they’ll be able to improve technology, etc.
What are your thoughts on the merging of these two freelance communities? Have you preferred one over the other?