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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.
FriendFinder pioneered and continues to innovate some of the most popular and widely-used dating and entertainment websites in the world. We run the world’s first and by far the largest adult dating network with one goal in mind: bringing in like-minded people together for fun, intimacy and love. Every day we’re finding new ways to help our members engage, communicate and connect with people who are looking for exciting experiences both online and offline.
Objective, non-emotional answer: Where will past users of Craigslist personals now go? Probably OkCupid or Bumble. I think that these two platforms have very much established themselves as data-based, efficient modes of matching. As they have gained popularity over the past few years, I think that they have cut into Craigslist’s market share - since Craigslist is essentially just a newsgroup that doesn’t offer a whole lot of functionality. Accordingly, I don’t think that this closure will displace a lot of folks.
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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.