So, I know I’m completely behind the times when I say that tonight is the first time I’ve ever taken an in-depth look at Craigslist. I originally set out on a job hunt, which moved into apartments, etc. etc. I even ventured into personal ads, and I leave the site feeling so much better about myself. While most of the ads are pretty professional, clean and show at least minimal intelligence, I’m shocked by some of the hideous lack of professionalism, common sense, or any education whatsoever. So, below, I have outlined my beef with Craigslists…or rather a specific population of people on the site.
1. If you’re an individual or a company posting an ad for a job, it might be best to use complete sentences, punctuation, capitalization and proper grammar. Anyone with any self respect is not going to apply for a position where the employer does not know the differences between “your” and “you’re.”
2. I’ve learned that if an apartment ad doesn’t show pictures of the inside, or shows excessive pictures of the “fabulous landscape,” there’s a reason why. All apartment ads should be required to show photos of bathrooms and kitchens.
3. To those of you posting personal ads: Educated women and men are scrutinizing your grammar and your ability to properly put together a sentence. If you use words like “kool,” be prepared to face an empty inbox each morning. “Cool” takes up the same amount of letters, and it makes you look intelligent. You decide.
4. Posting your every relationship flaw in your personal ad is probably not the best way to go about meeting people. Being able to find humor in your failed relationships is a good quality, but do not write a personal journal entry on why you have no luck when it comes to dating… chances are, your luck will not improve.
5. Maybe someone can clear this up for me, but do people REALLY respond to booty call ads? What self-respecting girl would respond to “lookin 4 hookup 2nite?” I don’t think I’ve ever met a girl who gets on Craigslist on Friday evening so she can find her next “fwb” (friend with benefits, for all you intelligent people out there). Perhaps I’m hanging out with the wrong social circle, and if that’s the case…I’m okay with it.
6. If you’re over 40, get off the personal ads. Even more so if you’re 40, married, and looking for a “discreit” relationship. Yes, I know it’s spelled “discreet.” I’m merely repeating what all of the 40 year old creepers said.
7. To all the 19 year old boys: Stop posting ads that say “College hottie looking for cougars!!!!” I mean, really? Cougars? Am I lame for automatically thinking that was a cat? Probably. But the point still stands.
Ok, that’s all. The website is seriously the best thing ever…interesting, and if nothing else – totally entertaining. Clearly…because it’s keeping me up at 1:30 a.m.
i had a feeling i could be someone.