Map of Craigslist Missed Connections

Posted to Maps  |  Tags: ,  |  Nathan Yau

On Craigslist there's a section in the personals for "missed connections" which lets people post missed chances at love with the (slim) hopes that the person he or she saw sees the random post on Craiglist. They usually start off like, "I saw you in that place, and you were..." Dorothy Gambrell mapped the most frequent location for each state.

In California, there's apparently a lot of eyeballing at 24 Hour Fitness, and in New York it's the subway, which shouldn't be surprising. I like how bars are most mentioned in North Dakota and Wisconsin, which matches up with the bars versus grocery stores map from a couple of years ago.


  • Why does Indiana have the most frequently cited location of ‘at home’?

    Stalk much?

  • Yeah, the “At Home” just jumped out at me. What the heck is up with THAT!?!?

  • apparently a lot of people go to Walmart looking for love. seems like most popular way of looking for, or missing love. (shudder)

  • I used to live in Indiana. It’s a pretty weird state. They’re still grappling with daylight savings time.

  • There’s surely a pretty decent case for Walmart to host a free ‘Lost and Found of Love’ wall in their stores. It would have minimal cost and could increase customer satisfaction!

  • The data are based on each state’s 100 most recent posts. How did you determine that this method provided the most representative results? Does this method cover an equivalent time period across all states (I would expect some states to have a lot more posts per day than others based on population, average use of technology, etc.). This may give a snapshot of one day in New York vs. a week in Maine. I could envision different results on weekends vs. weekdays, different months, seasons, weather, etc. I could also imagine results being skewed by major events (state fair?).


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