Craigslist Missed Connections
It could be because she smiled at you, a total stranger, as you bumped into each other at the grocery store. It could be because he helped picked up the can of tuna that you dropped and which rolled conveniently right towards his side of the grocery aisle. It could be due to the enchanting twinkle in her eyes when she talked to you before you went on your way. But whatever it is that caused that spark, you simply could not get his or her face off your mind.
Normally, missed connections such as this leave us wondering what would have happened if you had invited that mysterious person to join you for a cup of coffee after doing your groceries. You could be dating him or her by now if you just mustered enough courage to ask or simply to get a phone number or email. What an opportunity it is that you have lost, you may be thinking to yourself.
Thankfully, there is a way of finding, and perhaps re-forging, lost connections like this. All you need to do is to post a personal message on Craigslist. Craigslist, unsurprisingly one of the ten busiest web sites based in the United States, has a section called a "missed connections". It is a place where thousands of people attempt to reconnect with long-lost love and the chance encounters that they have failed to follow up.
Why is classified ads website so popular? For one, Craigslist has a very wide reach, with presence in 450 cities across 50 countries. For another, it is the Internet, and in the Internet, people enjoy a semblance of anonymity. This online anonymity, in turn, gives them the courage to do things that they would be too shy to do in real life, such as asking for a total stranger's phone number.
This does not mean that this free online service is a miracle worker. You could post and you could patiently wait for your match to respond to your post, but there is no assurance that there would be any responses at all. Nonetheless, it is still worth a shot, because your missed connection may know someone who would recognize him or her from your post, and thus set the wheels rolling.
If you have found yourself in a situation where a chance encounter with someone left you wishing you had not been too afraid to ask them out for a cup of coffee or for a phone number, stop wishing. Try your luck at Craigslist and see if you can find them again.
Posted by eDatingCentral.com Dec 16, 2008 1:29 pm
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