Using Craigslist Effectively

Having just moved to the area (and not having furniture), I've been checking Craigslist fanatically for free furniture in the peninsula. If you've used Craigslist before, either buying or selling, you know that if you're not the first responder, you're probably shot-- hence the OCD Craigslist checking. Since I've been working on a project to automatically download Daily Shows and Colbert Reports from Mininova RSS feeds, I decided to use technology to my advantage.

  1. Find the Craiglist RSS feed most applicable. For me, this is http://sfbay.craigslist.com/pen/zip/index.rss.

  2. Sign up for an account at FeedRinse. This site lets you filter an RSS feed based on keywords. I set up a filter for: couch, sofa, chair, tv, mattress. It provides you with a URL to the filtered feed.

  3. (optional)Sign up for notifications at Feedwhip. I don't use Google Reader or any other aggregators on a regular basis, so email updates are the most useful thing for me. Additionally, I can just pull up GMail on my cell phone browser, so while I'm taking the bus home from work, I won't miss any good finds.


Benjamin Golub said...

Erm; craigslist already has search RSS feeds....


Works awesome for me

Adam said...

Hmm, didn't realize that you could see any Craigslist view as RSS, so that's good to know. Unfortunately, as far as I can tell, you can only match all query words (instead of matching and one), so my method is still useful if that's what you're trying to do.