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 respect for what they've done for the world. Also, court seems like it'd be no fun. But then I did some back of the envelope estimates of how much of people's time and effort it would waste if I didn't, and it became clear how much less nice it is to waste the time of millions of apartment hunters out of stubbornness or some clearly inaccurate assumption about the will of the community. If it takes half of PadMapper's millions of monthly users 3 hours longer now to find an apartment, that's over 350 man-years wasted per month, or 5 lifetimes. That really pisses me off. Apartment hunting is an activity which, unless you enjoy it or it teaches you something, adds no value to the world, and … [Read more...] about Bringing Craigslist Back
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!