Using Social Media for Real Life

By: Jessica Donaldson

Recently I had some roommate troubles and I needed to find a way to move out of my apartment. My first option was to find a sub leaser. The most common way to find a sub leaser these days is to post your listing all over the internet. You can ask your friends on Facebook to refer people they know to you. You can tweet about the room you are trying to vacate. You can post in Facebook groups about the listing. There are even websites and apps made specifically for things like this now.

My biggest issue was that I wanted to keep my search private from my current roommates downloaduntil I knew for sure I could move out because I didn’t want to make the situation worse. The problem with this is that I couldn’t post publicly on
my social media because if I did that my current roommates would know I was trying to move out. This mad it difficult to get the word out to people about my room. You might say I could block them from the post but we have mutual friend who could have shown them anyway.

Since I couldn’t use my Facebook and Twitter, I resorted to posting on Craigslist. Craigslist is a cool site for stuff like this, but it’s difficult because you are dealing with complete strangers. I got several responses within days of posting, but they were all either sketchy or fake. One of them literally tried to trick me into giving them all my personal information. I would use Craigslist to sell furniture, but I wouldn’t highly recommend it for finding a roommate or a place to live.

When Craigslist was a bust I tried posting only in specific Facebook groups that none of my roommates or our mutual friends would see but it wasn’t enough. Social media is great, but it doesn’t always work for real life problems.

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