Thursday, February 08, 2007

A Google Maps navigator for Craigslist

Update: CraiglistMap no longer exists - the dead links have been removed from this post.

Wikipedia describes Craigslist as "..a centralized network of online urban communities, featuring free classified advertisements (with jobs, housing, personals, for sale/barter/wanted, services, community, gigs and resumes categories) and forums sorted by various topics." There is a Craigslist community for cities all across the US and around the world. A simple new Google Maps mashup helps you to navigate and learn more about these other Craigslist cities using a Google Maps interface. lets you filter Craigslist communities:
  • By date started
  • By country
  • By those outside the US
Each map pin will let you link off to that city's Craigslist community or Wikipedia article. It's not a particularly complex mashup but does act as a nice alternative geo-navigator to the text list formed in columns on the right side of the Craigslist homepage.

It's important to note that the Google Maps mashup craze was started by Paul Rademacher's Craigslist housing mashup, or hack: HousingMaps. HousingMaps started as the first Google Maps hack (before the API legitimized hacks). Paul now works at Google, and by the way.. so do I. :)
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