While its interface is, to put it kindly, retro, I’ve always found Craigslist to be simple to use, and always thought its simplicity was the reason so many people like it. The site’s been a force in strangling newspapers’ hold on classified advertising, and everyone from the old guy down the street to video gamers use it. The site has more than 50 million monthly users in the U.S., so Craigslist’s approach seems to work pretty well.
But if you’re one of the people that can’t stand how Craigslist operates — and there’s quite of lot of you out there — there’s a site for you: It’s called Craiggers, and it makes searching Craigslist more flexible and more powerful by putting it under a layer of streamlined interface.
Craiggers displays results in a much more convenient way than Craigslist itself, though it makes some assumptions that may not be everybody’s cup of tea. For one, it starts by conducting searches across the country rather than in your local area. This will work in many cases, but I doubt it’s convenient when people are looking for furniture, a garage sale or what have you. But you can end one search and begin another without going back to the home age. If Craigger’s search set-up doesn’t seem all that much faster than Craigslist’s drill down, it’s still a heck of a lot more convenient.
ReadWriteWeb likes Craiggers way better than it does Craigslist (“blows Craigslist out of the water”). And, it points out that Craiggers is an interesting case study when it comes to development:
… it was built using the 3taps API. We first wrote about 3taps last month when the company launched at the Data 2.0 conference, explaining how the company wanted to “democratize the exchange of data.”
Through the 3taps API, data from craigslist, eBay, Indeed, Etsy, Amazon and a host of other services is available in real-time, making mash-ups like this possible. Craiggers was built by the 3taps team as an example of the potential of its offering and we think it makes quite an argument.
So, give Craiggers a try. It’s a good example of how to make an old service new again.