Craigslist Shuts Down Search Tool; Apparently They Define What Local Means
from the didn't-expect-that dept
Jairus writes "Craigslist has shut down a search tool that allowed users to search all US Craigslist cities for job postings and for sale/wanted ads. I used the tool a lot and I am REALLY sad to see it gone." The search tool in question was built by an independent person, not as part of Craigslist itself. Craigslist certainly has the right not to allow it (and the letter they sent was friendly, rather than the typical corporate cease & desist letter you expect these days). However, it still seems a bit odd, and goes against the basic spirit that most people associate with Craigslist. It might be understandable if they claimed that the search was causing bandwidth problems or an accidental denial of service attack, or something along those lines. Instead, the letter claims they asked the guy to take it down because it: "goes against the basic intent of Craigslist to be a local tool." That's a very odd statement. While Craigslist is a local tool (and a very useful one, at that), local can mean different things to different people -- especially on this great big internet. The tool certainly sounds like it would be useful to those trying to search for jobs in multiple places, without doing much harm, so it's too bad to see Craigslist apparently react this way. There could be more to this story (at least, I hope there really is more to this story), but if not, it seems like a bad move on the part of Craigslist.