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 a little link on PadMapper. Many of you are now asking me about direct listing options, so it seems like I should let everyone know about it now. With Craigslist gone, PadMapper is likely missing a lot of the best sublet/small landlord options, so I'd really like to get small landlords to list directly. So, if you or anyone you know wants to find a tenant, let them know that they should post on PadLister (they should also post on Craigslist - PadLister helps with that, actually). By doing that, they'll get the almost-undivided attention of lots of PadMapper's millions of searchers, and they'll get to use PadLister's handy features for managing the search for a tenant. It's a … [Read more...] about Help Replenish Landlord Listings on PadMapper using PadLister
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 … [Read more...] about Emails/Letters to 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 apartment hunters in general. They allow mobile apps to display their listings if you buy a license from them, but not websites. If you or any of your friends that PadMapper has helped would like to weigh in and tell them how PadMapper has helped you search through Craigslist, you can contact them at: firstname.lastname@example.org - Jim Buckmaster, CEO email@example.com - Craig Newmark, Founder If you do contact them, please, please keep it civil. Perhaps if they see how many people PadMapper has helped, they'll be willing to consider changing their minds. PadMapper still has a lot of other sources, I'll be adding more, and I'll keep mapping … [Read more...] about Bye Bye Craigslist :-(
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 … [Read more...] about Reordering Favorites
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 name is now "The Award Winning PadMapper.com" ;-) Now, back to improving the site (actually, the iOS app, currently). Happy hunting, Eric … [Read more...] about Webby Won!
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 are one of the more prestigious awards that a website can win. At first we didn’t think we could actually win the People’s Voice popularity contest against a big company like Zillow, but at 13.5 days into a 14-day voting period, we’d gotten 37% of the votes in the Real Estate category, 5 percentage points ahead of the second place contender Zillow, and 12 percentage points ahead of the third place contender Apartment List. We’d gotten an outpouring of love from users and things were all around pretty great (thanks everyone). Then at 12PM on Thursday, with 12 hours of voting to go, the Webby Awards decided close the doors and hide the percentages. The stated reason was to keep the anticipation … [Read more...] about Eating, Praying, Losing: Getting Beaten by a Voting Bot in 50 Minutes