Love in the Time of Algorithms

There Is Already a Craigslist Missed Connection Post for a Citi Bike Rider

CitiBike hacked.

The much-ballyhooed Citi Bike sharing program launched yesterday and we already have our first romantic encounter!

A post on Craigslist’s men seeking men Missed Connections section described a scene ripe out of a terrible gay indie movie. The man in question said he spotted another dude looking somehow “adorable” with one of those gaudy blue bikes straddled between his legs. Sadly, the poster was late for a meeting in Hell’s Kitchen (of course) and couldn’t seal the deal before he sped away.

Either this is the least romantic thing that’s ever happened or the best native ad we’ve ever seen. Read More

Love in the Time of Algorithms

NYU-Poly Instructor Builds Nerdtastic Website to Help Craigslist ‘Missed Connections’ Find Their Match

Beep bloop beep . . . love connection!

Did you just watch the love of your life exit the L train without asking for her digits? Digital renaissance man Luke DuBois is here to help. As the Brooklyn Paper reports, Mr. DuBois, an instructor at both the Polytechnic Institute of NYU and the Brooklyn Experimental Media Center, has built a website to help the Craigslist crowd find their “Missed Connections.”

The site scrapes Missed Connections listings in nine different cities, including New York, then uses an algorithm that matches descriptive words from from listings in the same city. If it’s a close enough match (upwards of 85 percent), users are prompted to email the authors of the initial posts to let them know you may have found their subway soulmate. Read More