Emails/Letters to Craigslist

Thanks everyone for writing so many emails and letters to Craig and Jim of Craigslist! No response yet from Craig and Jim, but that’s possibly because it’s been the weekend. In the meantime, I thought I’d share a great letter from a PadMapper user named Jeff Standard.

Missed Connections: M 4 PM

Me: Starving student with gleam in his eye trying to make his way for the summer at a Silicon Valley startup. 6ft, athletic build, loves to use online tools such as padmapper.com to effectively ensure he isn’t homeless this summer.

You: Savvy proprietors of the world’s best informal apartment and sublet listings (among other things) website. You realize the value that Padmapper and other tools add over the rudimentary Craigslist interface. You also support entrepreneurs who are looking to improve the lives of others by building a personalized, efficient way to track listings at your website, sending you additional traffic.

I saw you on the internet a few months ago before you filed a Cease and Desist letter. I was struggling to land an internship out in the Bay. You smiled at me and I smiled back, but then you left with some other guy. I hope you’ll return and realize the usefulness of Padmapper and how great an opportunity it is for Craigslist listings to be included. Hope to sit down for coffee and potentially something more substantial.

· Please do contact this poster with agreements or disagreements with statements to help clarify his understanding

UPDATE:
I’m bringing Craigslist listings back! Here’s the blog post.

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6 Comments

  1. Katie
    Posted June 26, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    Just sent email to them. Very disappointed :-(

    • Amy Hagopian
      Posted June 27, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

      Why in heaven’s name would you deny Padmapper the capacity to map Craigslist “for rent” addresses? That just seems unnecessarily “dog in the manger,” mean and creepy. Eric was providing such a great service, and it linked us to YOUR website! For heaven’s sake.

      Amy

  2. Shan
    Posted June 27, 2012 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    I agree – very disappointing – have also sent an email.

    Perhaps a business opportunity for you Eric?

  3. Ken
    Posted June 27, 2012 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    It’s too bad that Craigslist will not even consider working with Padmapper. Hopefully, with enough e-mails, they will change their mind. I’d recommend a written sample/petition of sorts so that other users can simply copy and paste an e-mail to them.

  4. Isra
    Posted June 30, 2012 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    Seriously, everyone should write in. That was a really dumb move, craigs.
    Padmapper was obviously complimentary. I hope they reconsider soon, because i’m about
    to lose my mind trying to find a place! (i go through this dance every summer and by far,
    padmapper has treated me the best!)
    Thank you padmapper, for still being here and always trying to improve.
    I really love you.

  5. Posted July 9, 2012 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    It’s interesting to note that even using Padlister to prep listings to post on CL I get flagged. If it has PadMapper or PadLister in the listing anywhere it flags it as unacceptable.

    That means I get to go in and edit the HTML to clean it up so I can post, but at least I’m in the process of getting my listings back on the map at the same time.

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