Saturday, January 15, 2011

Google Reader + Craig's List = Lazy Happiness

Do you dread searching and sifting through Craig's List for things you're interested in buying (or selling)?

Only interested in items with a photo posted?

Only interested in items below a certain price?

Do you have a Google (Gmail) account?  Do you use Google Reader?  If not, you should.  It's one of the best web-based RSS/Atom feed readers in the known Universe.

Here's how I do it:

  • Go to Craig's List and click on a category.
  • Open the Search page and enter a search criteria ("search for"), select the category (e.g. "Computers & Tech"), select "Title Only" or "Entire Post", fill-in the desired price ranges (if desired), and check the "Has Image" option.
  • Click Search
  • If the results look like what you wanted it to find, scroll to the very bottom and click the RSS link (bottom right)
  • Paste that URL into your Google Reader subscriptions
  • Done!

Now you can have all the search results automatically come to your Google Reader folder without having to go anywhere else.  You can add other search results as RSS feeds also.

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