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