As these ads go offline, we spoke to a 25-year-old man in New York who used Craigslist’s personal ads — specifically the casual encounters section — as a way of finding casual sex in his early 20s. He spoke to us on condition of anonymity, because, well, that’s what Craigslist personals were all about. It’s part of what made them successful, he thinks.

I started at FFN in 2007, and since my first day here no two days are the same. One of the things I like most about working at FFN is that the environment is very dynamic and I genuinely feel like our opinions are heard all the way up to the CEO. We work in a very exciting industry and it becomes a part of your life. I started here with a plan of staying 6 months, and I just celebrated 9 years here. The people are routinely amazing to work with and FFN is more like a family than a place you come to work and leave.
After starting and successfully selling the Internet’s first online personals site, WebPersonals.com, Andrew founded FriendFinder in 1996 which has grown to become the world’s largest online personals network. He served as CEO until December 2007 and again throughout 2014. He also founded Focalink Communications/AdKnowledge, the first company to centralize Internet banner advertising, Medley.com Ad Agency, one of the largest online affiliate networks, and W3, the first commercial website personalization software company. He received his Ph.D. in Engineering Design from Stanford University.
Jon joined the Board of Directors of FriendFinder Networks, Inc. in March 2015 and became the company’s CEO in August 2015. He founded Yield Dynamics, Inc., a provider of enterprise software to increase the manufacturing efficiency of semiconductor and flat panel display devices, in 1997, and served as Chairman and CEO until its sale to a publicly traded corporation in 2007. He received his Ph.D. in Statistics from Stanford University.
I've been working at FFN for the last 5 years starting out as a Marketing Intern and now a Business Development Manager. My time here has really been one of the most rewarding experiences within my professional and personal life. With the help of FFN and the school reimbursement program, I've been able to obtain my bachelor’s degree in International Business and I will be starting my MBA classes this upcoming year! To add onto this year, I also had my first child and my second family, “the FFN family” has been phenomenal in supporting and understanding the major life changes that has impacted me. Best company ever!
This week the U.S. Senate passed a bill to fight online sex trafficking, which could subject websites to more criminal and civil liability for the content that third parties publish on their platforms. As a result, Craigslist decided to remove its personal-ad section, posting the following statement: “Any tool or service can be misused. We can’t take such risk without jeopardizing all our other services, so we are regretfully taking craigslist personals offline. Hopefully we can bring them back some day. To the millions of spouses, partners, and couples who met through craigslist, we wish you every happiness!”

I started at FFN in 2007, and since my first day here no two days are the same. One of the things I like most about working at FFN is that the environment is very dynamic and I genuinely feel like our opinions are heard all the way up to the CEO. We work in a very exciting industry and it becomes a part of your life. I started here with a plan of staying 6 months, and I just celebrated 9 years here. The people are routinely amazing to work with and FFN is more like a family than a place you come to work and leave.


Most things about this site are pretty good and standard. But there are a couple of issues I think need to be addressed. I have noticed that I just cannot send certain messages, or I cannot send messages at all, to certain people. Pof should, in no way, get to decide, or even provide provisions to not allow people to just message certain people. Just like in real life, people surprise you and turn out to not be what you expected and possibly someone you turn out to be interested in. The feature that prevents you from messaging certain people because ‘you’re not what they’re looking for’ should be removed. The people responsible for controlling certain aspects of this app do not have any interest in your personal endeavors and should not restrict the parameters of those endeavors as they are not aware of anything that pertains to a reasonable decision to act on anything more than the basics. You’re not Cupid’s or match makers.. you’re a bunch of people who know software enough to have that job. Therefore none of your decisions should play into any kind of restrictions placed on me or any other user. You’re providing a service. What good is your service when it prevents people from doing what they reasonably expected they could? Not good is the answer.
At FriendFinder, our people are as diverse as our websites. Casual dress, tattoos, crazy hairstyles and open minds are all welcome here. We work in a highly creative, fun and dynamic industry and we are looking for people with world-class skills who thrive in this high energy, challenging, and collaborative work environment. So apply for one of our open positions and find your new work friends at FriendFinder!
I've been working at FFN for the last 5 years starting out as a Marketing Intern and now a Business Development Manager. My time here has really been one of the most rewarding experiences within my professional and personal life. With the help of FFN and the school reimbursement program, I've been able to obtain my bachelor’s degree in International Business and I will be starting my MBA classes this upcoming year! To add onto this year, I also had my first child and my second family, “the FFN family” has been phenomenal in supporting and understanding the major life changes that has impacted me. Best company ever!
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Yahoo! Personals did a lot of wonderful things for a lot of singles, but it wasn’t really able to keep up with the dating sites of today, especially Match. The dating industry may have lost a personals dating service in 2010, but you’re still in good hands and can meet people online through a number of ways. You’ve got plenty of awesome sites to turn to, including the five we just told you about. Now, Godspeed!

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Ezra was CFO of FriendFinder from January 2008 until July 2014, and resumed the position in September 2015. After starting his career as an attorney at Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP in Chicago, he served in various management positions at 7-Eleven, Inc. from 1982 to 2001, including corporate attorney, treasurer, and culminating as CFO. He also served as CFO of NationsRent, Inc. from 2001 to 2003, and as CFO of Cruzan International, Inc. from 2003 to 2007. He received his J.D. from the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law.


As I said, I haven’t used the platform in a matter of years - but the sentimental value of this part of the website is so high for me that it’s painful to see this happen. I still vividly remember the moment I saw her post and felt such a surge of excitement - and an even greater one when she emailed me back. So to see this disappear has me bummed out for no rational reason at all. Sorry if that doesn’t do anything for the question. I just needed to get that out.
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