Author Archives: Eric

How to Solve Crappy Cell Phone Reception at Home

The following is a post mostly written for me by the folks at, who sell cell phone reception boosters. They didn’t pay me anything to post this, I just thought it was useful because this has been one of my issues with my place, hopefully you find it useful too. — Everyone has a [...]

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Bringing Craigslist Back

I’ve been wrestling with whether to bring back Craigslist listings in the search results. I’ve found a way to include them that I’m told is legally kosher since it doesn’t touch their servers at all, but it still seems somewhat dickish to go against their wishes in this, and I’ve always had a lot of [...]

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Help Replenish Landlord Listings on PadMapper using PadLister

A couple years ago, when I thought seriously that Craigslist might ask me to remove their listings and that I should have a backup plan, I created PadLister for listing directly on PadMapper. Over time it started to seem like CL was probably OK with PadMapper, so I haven’t pushed PadLister at all except for [...]

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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 [...]

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Bye Bye Craigslist :-(

It’s with a heavy heart that I must announce that PadMapper is no longer including Craigslist rental listings – they’re currently being wiped from the search index. I recently received a Cease and Desist letter from Craigslist, and wasn’t able to get a meeting or convince Craigslist’s lawyer that PadMapper was beneficial to Craigslist and [...]

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Reordering Favorites

It’s a pretty basic feature, but you can now reorder your favorites list by clicking and dragging! This should allow you to order your list by priority, by dog vs. no dogs, living with a roommate vs. not, or however else you want. Hope you guys like it! Happy hunting! Eric

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Webby Won!

Woohoo! PadMapper won the Webby (the judge’s panel one, not the web voting one) for Best Real Estate site! Thanks to all of you who voted for PadMapper in the Webby vote, and to all of you who wrote in with well wishes! You guys make this site a pleasure to work on. Also, PadMapper’s [...]

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Eating, Praying, Losing: Getting Beaten by a Voting Bot in 50 Minutes

If you’ve used the site in the past couple of weeks, you may have noticed that PadMapper recently got nominated for a Webby Award for best Real Estate site! We were pretty excited about this since our team is tiny compared to most real estate sites (it’s me and a summer intern), and the Webbies [...]

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My Places

This is an idea that’s been banging around in my head for a long time (and a number of you have mentioned it to me also, so thanks for kicking me in the butt): how to put the few places you really care about being close to on the map, and how can you get [...]

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This came as a rather large surprise to me, but PadMapper’s been nominated for a Webby award! For those of you who aren’t web geeks, The Webby Awards are as close as internet folks have to an awards ceremony like the Oscars. It started back in the dark ages of the internet (1996), and has [...]

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