Posts Tagged ‘Craigslist’

Craiglist filters….

April 1, 2016

Being a musician (or at least I like to think that I am) I often look at the local Craigslist musicians section, mostly for open mics etc. Sometimes though you want to filter out some results. Being a keys player, I might not want to see any adverts for bass players, drummers or guitarist for example (this is just an example I have nothing against guitarists and drummers, bass players, not so sure LOL!)

Now I am sure you are used to searching for things by entering the search term but did you know that you can ask for things NOT to be returned in the search list. In Craigslist you can enter something like the following:

-(term1 | term2 | term3)

The minus sign means ‘not’, the brackets group everything inside into the ‘not’ term and  the vertical bars mean ‘or’ so basically the above means “return everything (in the current section, for example musicians) EXCEPT anything that contains ‘term1’, ‘term2’ or ‘term3′”. You can of course code as many exclusion terms as you need.

So for example you could code the following to exclude guitarist bass players and drummers in the search box in the musicians section:

-(bass | guitar | drummer)

This is the search result WITHOUT the filter:

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This is the same section with the filter:

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You can see that several entries have been removed.

Date vs Relevance

One annoyance of Craigslist is that a lot of the search results are returned by default in “relevance” order (not even sure what that actually means when you have not searched on anything specific) when really you want is in most recent first.

Over on the right there is a button that lets you select Newest (I.E. Date order) or Relevant (relevance order) so before saving the search as a shortcut (see below) you might want to switch the sort order by clicking on the appropriate button.

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Making it into a shortcut

Rather than typing that in every time and then having to set the search order to newest, you can make the whole thing into a shortcut in your browser by dragging the icon next to the address bar (in Firefox at least which is what I use mainly) onto the menu bar or into a folder that is already on there or even just onto your desktop:

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Then all you need to do is to click on that shortcut to rerun the search exactly as you saved it.

Another one of those ‘great’ Craigslist ads…

March 11, 2012

In the Musicians section:

young guy just trying to start a band

If someone has a guitar and amp to let me borrow. If we could jam to see where we are, that would be perfect. Contact me.

You have to wonder sometimes. Still, I guess it’s worth a try, so…..

I’d like to start a bank. If someone just has 20 million or so I could borrow. Just to play around with, you know, see how it works out. Contact me….!

Craigslist and Craiglook.com

October 16, 2010

Craiglook.com was a search engine that allowed you to search all Craigslist sites for stuff. I say was because it looks like Craigslist have just forced it off line. Actually I am surprised it lasted as long as it did.

It was great because instead of just doing a local search you could do a nation wide search for stuff. In addition you could put in a zip code and do a local(ish) search of up to 250 miles which is a lot better than the crappy nearby search stuff the CL has.

After all, not everything is on eBay! In fact I’ve noticed that in general there are far fewer ‘bargains’ than there used to be on flea bay these days, if any at all (guess it depends what you are looking for really though).

Since Craiglook still took you to the CL add page anyway when you clicked on a hit for your search I am not really sure why they think Craiglook.com is a problem unless it causes a bandwidth hit on their servers.

 

Still, personally I think CL have just shot themselves in the foot big time. Whilst I used Craiglook for some stuff I mostly used the direct local web site so for me at least CL have just really annoyed me and an annoyed customer just goes elsewhere eventually. I guess they don’t care though.

 

I guess what we really need is Craiglook powered CL lookalike to kick CL where it hurts, even if I had to live with adds to pay for the service, I liked the additional search capability beyond the local region that Craiglook gives (or gave!).