During the past several days I’ve received numerous complaints from the users regarding the decreasing quality of classified ads :
some ads are tripping their antivirus alerts
other ads are showing “forbidden” error page when opened
others ads are redirecting to “signup” forms, auctions, or some other content that does not match the title /description of the ad
It took awhile to come up with a mechanism to filter these “trash ads” from search results.
I’ve set up the first portion of filtering mechanism tonight. As the result, almost 2 million out of about 10mln search results have been removed. I will keep working on filtering and will put a couple more improvements in place within the next several days.
The majority of ads on eBayClassifieds are posted by private sellers (!), have clear description, pictures and appear to be spam-free. I wonder if their ads are also pre-screened to filter out questionable posts /:-|
Craiglook.com is a useful RSS mashup for Craigslist. Here are some features that help craiglook to make big difference when it comes to searching/browsing craigslist
1. Search radius Say, I'm an average Joe looking for a car. With craigslist, I go to "newjersey.craigslist.org", then "southjersey.craigslist.org" then "centraljersey.craigslist.org", then to "newyork.craigslist.org", then to "philadelphia.craigslist.org" and to 10 other adjacent craigslist locations to find what I need. With Craiglook.com all I have to do is to set my location (e.g. Pennsauken, NJ) and define what's my preferred range is, (0, 10, 50, 200 miles or even nationwide) and press the "search" button (yes, I don't mind traveling even 100 miles to get a great car deal).
2. No spam Craiglook cuts through crappy postings and spam in realtime, keeping only posts which are more likely to be local results (who cares about "nationwide blowout car sales" if I'm looking to deal locally ?)
3. Usability Picture Previews, brief description, phone number and poster's email – Do I have to explain why it's all a must for a decent classfieds website ?