Alright, enough bashing of Craigslist and EbayClassifieds. It's one thing to express your discontent, but what exactly do we plan to do about it?
KarmaNebula is building its first major web product, called FeelGoodTrader.com. When we launch in a few months it will primarily be a Craigslist alternative that aims to be free online classifieds with better functionality, a cleaner interface, and a less spam. There's a number of things we'll be implementing in order to accomplish this, most of which amount to simply approaching the problem of online, inter-person commerce from a different angle than Craigslist has.
Do we owe the concept of online classified ads to Craigslist? Sure. Are we prepared to go another ten years before Craigslist (or anyone else) decides to improve on the model, and give us a modern tool that is as good today as Craigslist was when it first launched? No, we won't wait. We're going to be the ones to do it, and it will be more than Craigslist with pretty pictures (which we believe, is precisely what EbayClassifieds is - just pretty pictures). FeelGoodTrader will find better ways to deal with spam that is posted, as well as remove many of the motivations that spammers have for posting in the first place.
The other major thing FeelGoodTrader will do from day one, which is both groundbreaking in the online classifieds ads space and yet not really a big deal among modern web services, is the use of search functionality as the primary way to find what you're looking for; i.e. "search, don't sort."
Simple. In any system that contains more information than can reasonably be browsed in a timely manner in order to find relevant information, you must have search and filtering functions that work quickly, and effectively. It must also allow users to customize results to increase the relevancy of search results in a way that is personalized to the individual.
FeellGoodTrader will do that. FeelGoodTrader is the future of free online classified ads, and when you see it when we launch, we believe you'll agree with us.