Look, I’m not going to bullshit anyone, I’m old by Internet standards. Well, by any standard for that matter. I remember when hooking up on Yahoo chat was the thing, that had to be the mid-1990’s right? There would actually be “face to face” Yahoo Group meetups at bars before meetups were even a thing. We’d roll in, look around, wonder what the hell we had just walked into. Good times. When Craigslist came along, it was an incredible gift bestowed upon us by the Internet Gods.
And as a result, do you remember how famous Craig Newmark became? That awesome Jewish kid from New Jersey that started this incredibly simple looking site called Craigslist? Craig became a billionaire because of an innocuous looking website we could visit at work to arrange hookups with bored housewives.
Anyhoo, times change and the shit hit the fan for Craigslist in March of 2018.
That is when Craigslist announced that it would be pulling its personals section in response to Senate bill H.R.1865 which, in an effort to curtail online sex trafficking, says websites are responsible for unlawful behaviors that occur because of their personals sections. You know, hiring someone to give you a rubdown. Craigslist is officially dead.
Craigslist buckling to the resolution shocked it’s user community, primarily because the site (and its personals) seemed like an untouchable staple of the early Internet. As dating sites rose to prominence and iPhone apps took over our romantic adventures, Craigslist personals seemed like a nostalgic artifact of our romantic evenings spent boning someones Mom in a Chi-Chi’s parking lot.
There are very few alternatives to Craigslist Personals for those seeking casual sex partners because Craigslist has dominated the space since the late 1990’s. Used to be Backpage, but that was seized by the Gubmint about the same time CL buckled under pressure, so no go there.
Since “Great Craigslist Buckling of 2018”, there are platforms coming online every day that offer the similar services as Craigslist, you just have to do some digging. As the Reddit user Mickalson so eloquently states: “I love how the country that prides itself on freedom has to go to websites hosted in other countries to hook up with someone. It may be home of the brave but it definitely is not land of the free.”
ANYWAY, I’ve done that digging for you and my results are presented below, unfortunately there are only two that I can find but I’m going to keep looking. Honestly, you Google this shit and see what you come up with. It’s all spam or really, really bad apps.
SeekingArrangement is a hookup service for connecting those looking for partners, and financial support is implied, although this is not an escort service. The site monitors profiles in an attempt to keep prostitution off the site. No comment. As with many sites of this nature, to use this service, you must become a member. Membership is free for all, but to communicate with people you will have to pay a fee (monthly or annual plans available).
I think users will also head to OkCupid which has established itself as a data-based, efficient mode of matching. OKCupid has improved over the years and has likely cut into Craigslist’s market share by providing non-spammy matches with real people that aren’t meth heads.