If you're active on Twitter, there's a good chance you've found yourself gravitating towards users you don't know who are into the same stuff as you. If they live in your city, then you can meet up with them without it being weird. It's kinda like cheating in a way—Twitter is like having a direct line into someone's thoughts, their dumb jokes and their bad pictures of whatever. It's a glimpse into someone else's life that allows you to effectively get a free sample before you buy.
Enter Craigslist, the classified section of the endless newspaper that is the Internet. It's a place where you can find an apartment, buy a couch or hire a stranger to shove a gerbil up your butt while you scream about your parents never loving you.
But amongst the missed connections, scams to trick you into buying a car that's been totaled twice show me the Carfax lol and drug dealers posting ads in code using extremely juvenile slang, there is a small subset of people who are genuinely trying to find friendship on Craigslist.
They exist under the Strictly Platonic m4m male for male section of the CL personals, and they are some of the most unique and interesting pieces of digital flotsam and jetsam that I have ever encountered. You can see a bunch of my personal favorite in the above gallery. Though the vast majority of the Strictly Platonic posts were thinly-veiled ads for male prostitutes, or dudes looking to "swap massages," or "masturbate together," or otherwise kinda-sorta do sexual stuff with each other, there exist some people who have taken stock of their lives and decided the best course of action is to post an ad looking for friends on a section of a website mostly dedicated to dudes looking to bone each other.
If Twitter is a dry run for meeting someone IRL and online dating is like online shopping, then meeting someone off of Craigslist is like buying something on, well, Craigslist.
After looking through more of these posts than I'd care to mention, I decided to post my own. I put together something that I thought might reveal a vague amount of my personality, while keeping things general enough so that some Craigslist Killer couldn't deduce where I lived or who I was from my post:. I enjoy dumb jokes, the internet, and disc two of diplomatic immunity. I topped everything off with a picture of Cam'ron looking into some unknown distance while wearing a cape.
Within ten minutes, I got my first response: I refused to make the first re: The next morning, I got another reply, this time in broken English.
My third reply was from a dude who told me he respected the fact that I'd mentioned Diplomatic Immunity in my ad. I emailed him back, but he hasn't responded yet, so maybe he isn't my new best friend. Can we get a refund on the air horns? I ended up getting two more responses, but one was someone explicitly trying to fuck me and another was someone who was less explicitly, but still fairly transparently trying to fuck me.
Homegirl on the left can do a lot better than that. However, when it comes to getting casual online sexual hook ups, we have it SO much easier than you or, since this is all about craigslist, I'll just say Str8s, to keep with the lingo. Women by and large just don't go looking for casual sex like men do, most likely because they can, for the most part, get it on the street fairly easily if they're looking for a man.
So while there is a section for Women Seeking Men W4M , even for a casual encounter they are likely expecting dinner and drinks first, and the appearance of respectability.
Also, most women posting on casual encounters are A: Girls operating webcams they expect you to pay for aka spam. The reason so many str8 men indulge their bi-curiosity which you will come to learn and learn well throughout this piece on Craigslist is that they simply get fed up looking for women only to get scammed over and over again. Most posts by men under M4W go ignored or are only answered by the previously mentioned hookers and webcam girls, and sometimes the occasional horribly unfortunate-looking real woman looking for a casual good time.
And yet, you always have to send them pics first. I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but most women actually looking for sex on Craigslist from everyone I know who's actually met up with one really aren't the type to socialize beyond a certain point or even know to look or groom past a certain I'm not saying it is impossible to meet an attractive woman on CL, I suppose if you keep trying it'll eventually happen.
But same goes with meeting anyone you'll find attractive in pretty much any situation. We live in an age of abbreviated words and phrases, mostly due to the wonderful world of the internet, which is still something "new", I don't care how many of you kids grew up with it.
Anyway, no place on earth exemplifies this culture of abbreviation more than the Craigslist personals section, or the "Casual Encounters" section. There are several CL shorthand terms, but I'd say these are some of the essentials. DDF means "drug and disease free" this is big in M4M encounters. Oh, M4M is Men for Men btw. You do know what btw is though right?? After you know the lingo it's really just about making a post , including an image and waiting for fish to bite..