Posts Tagged ‘craigslist’

Craigslist for Android No App Needed

February 28th, 2011

I have recently been searching Craigslist for a fishing boat for me and my 11 year old son. I love Craigslist for the endless amounts of stuff for sale, but their mobile offerings leave something to be desired.

Its no secret that I am an Android fan. So I decided to search out the Craigslist app in the Android Market. Apparently, Craigslist doesn’t have an app for Android. There are a bunch of different apps for Craigslist from different developers, but some of the reviews weren’t so favorable. Besides, I have an older Android (HTC Hero) that doesn’t have much internal space left, so I wanted to see if I could find a way to use what I currently have to keep on top of the boat listings.

Google Reader + Craigslist

I noticed the other day that Craigslist is kind enough to provide an RSS feed for your searches. Well…this is awesome!
I can simply setup my Craigslist boat search and then subscribe to the RSS feed using Google Reader as my default RSS reader.
Google has been kind enough to make Google Reader mobile enabled so it works seamlessly on my Android phone. I also now have the ability to share, like, add/edit tags and even send Craigslist ads via email. All without having to install any apps whatsoever!

image courtesy ditii.com

If you are having trouble finding the RSS feed for Craigslist or any other page you may want to add to Google Reader…try looking in the ‘Bookmarks’ or ‘Favorites’ menu item for RSS information. Or do like I do and hit up Google for the information 🙂

early Google Wave Gadgets

October 26th, 2009
google-wave-logo

If you haven’t yet heard of Google Wave…you may need to peek out of the tech cave and have a look around!

Google Wave has been billed as an “email killer” and as such, has some pretty huge shoes to fill.

Developers interested in the phenomenon of Google Wave have started to add increased functionality to Wave in the form of “Wave Gadgets” (“Gadget” is Google for “widget”)

I thought it would be interesting to write about them in the early stages of Wave development and then re-visit this topic later on to see the progress.

Here are some of the first Google Wave Gadgets: (from the gallery)

Emoticony
Lee Stone – Sep 20, 2009

wave_emoticon

Emoticony is a robot for Google Wave which replaces text representations of emoticons with the relevant image. There are currently over 50 different emoticons available, with this number continuing to grow. Look out for themed emoticons focused around specific events (Halloween, Christmas etc.) More details can be found at: http://emoticony.leestone.co.uk

Map Gadget
Pamela Fox – Oct 23, 2009

wave_map

Lets users edit a map together, adding markers and polys with titles and descriptions. Users can also search for addresses and businesses and add those.

Check out a video tutorial of the Map Gadget on Youtube.

Craigslist Searchy
Vincent Etter – Oct 21, 2009

Craigslist Searchy is a Google Wave robot that monitors results of a given search on Craigslist. It simply takes the URL of the results page of a search on Craigslist, and adds each result item (with its title, date, text, and pictures) to the wave, in a separate blip. The bot includes code to update the Wave when new results are found, but it is not yet functioning due to API issues.

IMDbotty
Vincent Etter – Oct 19, 2009

wave_IMDB

IMDbotty replaces links to movies on IMDb with a small gadget that displays useful information about the movie (title, year, rating, cover, director(s), actors).

Likey
Ben Griffiths – Oct 17, 2009

wave_likey

A simple like/dislike gadget that can be added to a blip for intuitive user rating. It tells you how many people have liked, how many have disliked, and what you selected. You can also change your selection.

Map Cluster Gadget
Pamela Fox – Oct 15, 2009

wave_map cluster

Lets each participant locate themselves on the map, and clusters all the locations.

Here is a huge list of more Google Wave Gadgets on DocStoc.
If, after viewing all the cool possibilities for Google Wave, you are interested in creating your own Wave Gadgets, here is a good place to start.
Wave Extension Design Principles

I can’t wait to see what else is in store for Google Wave. Stay tuned!

Hurricane Ike gets a widget

September 12th, 2008

I did not know how to title this.

It should have read something like this:

Hurricane Ike + Craigslist + Yahoo Pipes = Widget

Basically you have a widget that lists services for refugees of the hurricane. Everything from horse boarding to house rentals…and believe me…not much is free.

Watch for changes in services listed after the hurricane is over.

You’ll notice that it expands to the area it is placed in.

I found this via Google Reader on cnewmark.com

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