Facebook is testing a new feature that makes it more like Craigslist

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Facebook Is Testing Craigslist-like Feature ‘Local Market’.

A number of Facebook users recently reported seeing the new feature appearing briefly in their Facebook iPhone app, sometimes in place of the “Messenger” button, Tech Crunch reported.Earlier this year, social network Facebook introduced a special Facebook Groups feature for the ‘For Sale Group’ — and its main aim is to attract buyers and sellers, including those not yet registered on the network, and of course, Facebook’s active members on Craigslist.

Beyond those expected categories, Facebook is also letting users filter items by different “collections” like “everything free” or “men’s clothing”. The feature which is reportedly only in testing will allow users to buy and sell a variety of products, such as clothing, books, cars, furniture and so on.

And this week, as reported by Techcrunch, a bunch of users in the West Pacific have reported seeing a new feature called “Local Market” which is basically an online marketplace encoded inside Facebook’s ecosystem — including mobile. The new section included both a ‘Buy’ and ‘Sell’ interface, as well as a way to search across the marketplace for particular items using keywords. Unsurprisingly, the “Local Market” feature is showing items listed on the Sale group — and the interface is displaying items listed near the person viewing the marketplace. One user in Australia published two screenshots on Twitter on October 6th, showing the feature running on the official Facebook iOS app (image above).

Users could customize their own Local Market by selecting “collections” they wanted to follow such as “Everything Free,” “Men’s clothes,” “Top Cars,” “Dress for Less,” and others. When you post in Local Market, people who live near you will see your item in Local Market under Favourites.” Some users told us that Local Market was only live for them for a brief time – like, around two hours. One of Elmaz’s coworkers was also able to access the Market, and saw that it was pulling listings from various local For Sale Facebook groups she had joined.

According to Engadget, the feature also allows users to cross-post their items for sale in the Local Market feature when adding an item for sale in a Facebook group. It has since rolled out more tools for those groups, including a “Sell” feature that allowed members to create posts where they could add a description, set a price, and set a pick-up or delivery location. The addition, however, had the side benefit of adding more structure to what were before just text posts accompanying photos – something that could help Facebook roll out a more robust marketplace like Local Market. The company is also testing other features for these sale groups, such as recommendations, saved searches, notifications, and other things aimed at improving the buying and selling experience for people in groups. The Menlo Park social network firm revealed earlier this year that it hosts tens of millions of group on its site, and sale groups were one of the most popular categories.

I’m personally in at least a dozen nearby sale groups, which can be challenging when you’re trying to find something specific, like a coffee table or used bike, for example.

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