Ed. Note: This is the inaugural post of new writer, Craig Agranoff, who will be joining us to fill for my slack time.
I have always found it peculiar why people use Craigslist. Don’t get me wrong — I have used it myself to sell things in the past, but I have consistently found it irritating to post an item and keep it visible long enough without having to worry about re-posting it.
Now would be a good time to bring up how many fraudulent postings are there, but that is for another story. You all have probably figured out that Craigslist only allows you to post an item once before it is deemed repetitive. The other annoyance is being able to post in only one city at a time. I happen to live equally in the middle of 2 cities listed on Craigslist. When I try to post an item I am never sure which one is the right city to post in. So I end up having to post it in one city one day, and the other the next day. It is perplexing why they just didn’t allow us to post in two cities within a certain proximity at the same time or remove one of the cities.
The other day, I noticed that the Craigslist gods heard my complaints and consolidated my cities. Now I can post in all three at the same time. Well, not really. I still have to post in one of the cities, but now when someone searches South Florida they will find my listing instead of having to search all three. Upon further investigation it appears they have made this simple change for most major cities.
This is a major improvement for Craigslist. which has always been a bit reluctant to stay up with the times. Despite its anti-“traditional” culture, I think one of the things Craigslist needs to do is listen to its users more. It has proven to be an extremely valuable tool, and its gift has ended up being almost its curse — it ends up trying to be too simple and useful to the majority of its users that it forget to serve its vocal minorities. As a product, you need to serve both, and it’s great that that’s where Craigslist seems to be headed.