Internet stalking has blown to outrageous proportions on the interweb and the Missed Connections page on Craigslist is the hotspot for the lonely-hearted as well as the mildly (or moderately) curious. Recent hot topics on the Missed Connections page have included the Cheese Magic boys, the Soundscapes crew, and the Euclid and College Starbucks bunch. Torontonians have brought stalking to a new level by going above and beyond daily trips to buy an extra brick of Roquefort, spend cash on rock discs, and relax with a cup of Grande Latte (on the rocks) and a wandering eye. The burning question still remains: is inter-stalking a successful endeavour?
Two baffling links at the top of the Missed Connections page caught our attention: “needed—missed connection success stories” and “success story?” To submit a story, you have an option of ticking boxes that read: “it’s OK to reprint this story on craigslist (or craig’s blog)” and “it’s OK to share this story with reporters, journalists, and the media”. What is Craigslist Craig thinking? What does he intend on doing with these stories? Is anyone actually finding lost loves or meeting familiar faces through Missed Connections?
A miniscule survey of four was conducted. The results from Patricia, Patrick, Parjeet, and Percy (names have been changed for confidentiality purposes) are as follows:
Patricia, Patrick, and Percy visit the Missed Connections page on occasion. Neither Patricia nor Patrick nor Percy have posted nor responded. Patricia is amused by the postings and wonders about the seriousness of the posters/responders. Patrick was attemping to delve into the meaning of Missed Connections when he said, “I think they’re the urban equivalents of messages in a bottle.” Percy finds the entire ordeal to be humourous but admittedly understands that it’s “relevant and important”. Parjeet, on the other hand, made no comments since he does not visit the Missed Connections site (or perhaps he’s hiding something from us).
Missed Connections provides us stalkers of the stalkers with a dose of close-to-home humour and interweb entertainment. Nonetheless, initiating a “message in a bottle” movement on the shores of Lake Ontario would be far more satisfying, similarly entertaining, and equally successful. How could Lake Ontario be any more polluted anyhow?
*NOTE: the accompanying photo is Craigslist’s Craig Newmark at a SXSW conference earlier this year