Okay. All craigslist users have had it happen once or twice.
You're pumped about that new USB coffee cup warmer for $10 and you find out your next door neighbor bought it first.
"If only," you wish "I could have been warned EXACTLY when that was posted! Then I could have called the seller and the deal would be done!"
Well. You can, with this handy little trick involving a piece of software called FeedPopper, RSS and a little free time.
For mac users who use safari, you might have tried to use Craigslist's RSS feeds to search for new posts about a certain item.
But, although this is very handy, it only puts a modest little number next to the bookmark name. That doesn't exactly scream at you.
FeedPopper (Freeware at http://rsspopper.blogspot.com/ ) is an RSS reader with style.
FeedPopper has a unique and very effective way of letting you know when a feed is updated. It creates a stylish popup window which expands into view, and makes a handy little jingly noise while it's at it.
So, when I found out about FeedPopper, I wired it into the ULTIMATE CRAIGSLIST NOTIFICATION TOOL.
As an example in this project, I'll pretend I am looking for a PSP.
Heres what the finished product will do:
1) Bob in Wisconsin is cleaning out a drawer when he finds his old dusty PSP. He thinks 'HMMMMM, maybe some kid wants this' and decides to put it up for sale on craigslist.
2) Little does he know that you have been searching craigslist for a month, hoping to find a PSP in your price range (not very likely, but stick with me).
3) With your handy ULTIMATE CRAIGSLIST NOTIFICATION TOOL, the moment he hits 'POST' a little pop-up window on your mac goes JINGLE JINGLE JINGLE and expands into view. It displays Bob's PSP with a link to the craigslist post.
Heres how to do it: