More than twenty years after it first launched, Craigslist is finally receiving mobile apps of its own. Craig Newmark launched his online classifieds website in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1995, and last week its Android and iOS apps went live.
Ever since those app stores first opened their virtual doors in 2008, a plethora of third-party apps have emerged to aid buyers and sellers on Craigslist. The tech news site Gizmodo described the new app as “very simple—no frills, bells, or whistles,” much like the website. The layout of the app is very similar to that of the website in that it consists primarily of text with a minimal, uncluttered user interface.
Moreover, “the app incorporates the well-known Craigslist peace symbol in purple,” as the Apple news site 9to5Mac put it. Many people who came upon the software liked it. “Third-party apps that attempted to perform functions that we already knew Craigslist could handle are now unnecessary. And that’s a good thing! “one Apple App Store reviewer commented.
But another reviewer wasn’t quite as enthusiastic, calling the software “too little, too late.” The critic continued, “Since this app does not provide any sort of identification verification, it does little to address a persistent issue with utilising its online listings. There was no waiting period or escrow. Do not worry about providing evidence that you are the legal owner of the property. No action will be taken by the staff even if it is proven that a rental listing is fraudulent.”
The Craigslist app is now ranked No. 6 among shopping apps in the Apple App Store, where it has a rating of 4 stars and above. The app has been downloaded by over 10,000 people and has received 2.6 stars out of 5 in the Google Play Store.