IF THERE’s one thing freelancers get territorial about, it’s somebody jeopardizing their potential to keep freelancing, and anything that remotely smacks of that automatically evokes a sense of fear. So there was no way the merging of the two biggest freelancer websites in the world would make anyone happy except the execs who are presumably going to make bank from it.
Users certainly don’t like it. oDesk.com’s Q&A page has an absurdly low voter rating of 2.3 out of 10 stars from over 100 angry oDeskites. I’ve read literally hundreds of the ensuing comments by disgruntled oDesk/Elance users bickering with each other about which site is better and whining about their half-baked conspiracy projections, and I can tell you that the vast majority of people right now seem to have very little idea of what this merger is actually going to do.
So let’s take a moment to clear some things up.