Craigslist is classing up its website a bit, but not in the way we’d all hope. The classified ads website is revealing its visual side, adding a photo grid to certain listings to give users an easier browsing experience. The update was reported on TechCrunch, who spotted a Craigslist engineer tweeting about the photographic addition in January.
Similar to Craigslist “map view,” the new grid view looks pretty, but how much will it impact the Craigslist experience?
For apartment hunters, the new visual aspects might save users the hassle of clicking through specific listings, but the general consensus is that Craigslist is shoddy for finding the most legitimate listings anyway. With new sites like RentHop, RentPrefs and PadMatcher that pride themselves on legitimacy, Craigslist seems to be a last-ditch resort for the tech-savvy searcher in Boston.
On the other hand, Craigslist boasts a pretty big “free” section, which I’m proud to say I’ve acquired a coffee table, bathroom shelving unit and dining room table from (free of bed bugs, too!). Browsing the listings can be exhausting, because nine times out of 10, the photo that accompanies the “Brand-New Beautiful Beige Couch – FREE” listing is actually a poop-brown tattered sofa that you wouldn’t consider touching, let alone sitting on.
That said, Craigslist’s new photo grid view could help alleviate time wasted on these searches, leaving you one step closer to finding that beautiful, $0 lamp you’ve been searching for.
Now, let’s just hope the photo grid feature never gets to the “Missed Connections” section of Craigslist.