|Thu May 24 2012 11:15:47|
Should Craigslist Get a Rumored Facelift?
By: Julia Wilkinson
Should Craigslist remodel its famously old-school, text-intense, classic web site design? An article on BetaBeat speculates that it might, based on an ad placed on the San Francisco CL site under jobs.
Among the missions of the new gig:
"* improve the craigslist user experience -- faster, friendlier and easier;
* develop new products and features;
* integrate new front-end technologies wherever appropriate; and
* solve interesting tech issues at billion-page-view-per-day scale."
Craigslist has famously resisted change over the years, to some criticism -- including at least one piece in WIRED Magazine; but personally I appreciate for the most part that they didn't mess with success. One change, however, they did add which was IMO sorely needed was the ability to show thumbnail images with a list of postings...to do this, you need to click the "show images" link in the upper right corner of the page.
What about the mobile site? You can certainly bring up Craigslist on your iPhone or other smartphone with a browser, but there are already many apps to choose from to use CL on the go: on my iPhone alone, there are the apps: Craigslist (Free), Craigslist for iPhone and iPad, Craigsphone, Craigslist Mobile, Craigslist Housing, Nationwide Craigslist, and so on.
I've found some great services over Craigslist and even made one very good friendship. In terms of selling things, my record is more spotty; people can easily flake out on sales using CL.
What about you...do you think CL could use a makeover? If so, what should they change? And do you use Craigslist much to sell and/or buy? Post a comment here!