This Could Be Next: Craigslist Integrates Social Networking with Listings

24Dec07

I am in the process of planning my move from Boston to New York and have turned to Craigslist to locate rooms for rent. This service would be even more valuable if it integrated social networking capabilities so users like myself could easily screen potential rooms and roommates by viewing a Flickr photostream of apartments, a Google Street View of the neighborhood and current residents’ Facebook, LinkedIn and Ziggs profiles along with a quick link to search Google for residents’ related information, photos, videos and additional profiles.

Here’s what a posting could look like:

Reply to: see below
Date: 2007-12-23, 9:56PM EST
2 Bedroom apartment with 1 room to rent. Brooklyn.

Apartment Photos:

apart1.jpg

Neighborhood Street View:

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Current Resident:

myprofile.jpg

PostingID: 518191191

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6 Responses to “This Could Be Next: Craigslist Integrates Social Networking with Listings”

  1. Concern here would be with Privacy, wouldnt it? Not all of that data would expose someone too much to the web, but it seems as though some of it would.

    Do you have any other ideas or thoughts on ways to improve craigslist?

  2. My thought was that the person making the posting would have the option to include links to their external profiles and apartment photos, etc for review.

    The issue of privacy is a growing concern among Web users so, as you point out, any site or business looking to aggregate profile data like this should be sensitive to the issue and have a clear opt-in, opt-out system in place.

  3. Amanda,

    I think your idea is great!

    Sageman is correct that privacy online is always a concern, but we all make personal judgments almost daily about our privacy online. No one would have to include such information.

    CraigsList does seem to pride itself on its simple Web design. I wonder how it would feel about all the bells and whistles?

    Great post.

  4. 4 Josh

    You can do this today. Tribe has all these features in place, so does Google. If you want to use Craig’s list, refer to Craig’s list with a link and you’re done. Any decent blog can handle embedding the media & hosting the links. Personally, I think the privacy issues mean a lot of people would choose not to use integrated features, stripping it down to what Craig’s list is today; fast and functional.

    One wouldn’t want someone scrapping all the information to get a bird’s eye view of everyone in a city, where and how they live.

    Here’s one example of when scrapping does help, however.

    http://mullinslab2.ucsf.edu/SFrentstats/

  5. 5 Josh

    You can do this today. Tribe has all these features in place, so does Google. If you want to use Craig’s list, refer to Craig’s list with a link and you’re done. Any decent blog can handle embedding the media & hosting the links. Personally, I think the privacy issues mean a lot of people would choose not to use integrated features, stripping it down to what Craig’s list is today; fast and functional.

    One wouldn’t want someone scraping all the information to get a bird’s eye view of everyone in a city, where and how they live.

    Here’s one example of when scraping does help, however.

    http://mullinslab2.ucsf.edu/SFrentstats/


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