Craigslist Search is Case Sensitive

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Posted on May 24, 2008 6:26 PM in Personal
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I bought tickets to Sasquatch Music Festival right around the time they went on sale. I'm not a huge fan of driving all the way to The Gorge unless it's for good reason, but seeing that Death Cab for Cutie, The Cure, The Presidents of the United States of America and Tegan and Sara were all set to play on Sunday (tomorrow), it was a no-brainer.

I originally bought the tickets with the intention of taking my brother, since today is his birthday. However, he can be pretty picky about where he wants to be and what he wants to do on any given day, so I wasn't too surprised when he originally turned the offer down. I figured I'd still go, since I'm a big fan of those bands, but now that the weekend of the festival has arrived, a combination of a rough week at work, the price of gas and an overall propensity for laziness has led me to sell my tickets.

I originally put the tickets up on Craigslist last night at around face value. I got such an overwhelming response from people that I did a little more research and found that the show was sold out and tickets were very scarce. I decided to wait overnight and then repost the ad again today, this time asking for more than face value. Nevertheless, I still received quite a bit of interest in the tickets and was able to sell them fairly quickly (the extra money helped pay for a replacement gift for my brother's birthday).

One of the things I noticed during the selling process, though, was that I wasn't able to find my ad with a simple search for "sasquatch," even though I used the festival's name many times throughout my ad. This seemed odd to me, so I searched instead for "Sasquatch" and found my ad at the top of the search results. Having come to the realization that Craigslist's search functionality is so weak that it is case sensitive, I edited my original ad to include the lowercase version of the festival's name, "sasquatch." After making the change, my ad showed up at the top of the list, just like it did in a search for "Sasquatch."

I don't know about you, but I hardly ever search for anything, whether it be at Craigslist, Google or any other site, using proper case terms. The only exception might be when I'm searching for a proper name, like William Hung, but even then probably not.

To make a long story, short (or it may be too late for that), if you're posting anything on Craigslist, make sure you seed your post with both the lowercase and proper case terms with which your audience will be searching. Otherwise, you're bound to miss out on some eyeballs that would otherwise be leading to money ending up in your pocket.


chuck on July 03, 2008 at 3:25 PM:

thanks, confirmed what I thought was happening. Can't believe craigslist's seach has that defect limited. I wonder how much stuff I've missed or didn't sell as well because of it.


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