Property Grunt

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Craigslist Wars: Update from the front

The Grunt heard on the underground real estate wire that a very well known rental company has a developed a new dump feature on their website allowing agents to dump an unknown number of ads on craigslist while bypassing the email activation function. Which means the agent can carpet bomb craigslist with ads at will while avoiding craigslist protocols. If an agent was creative enough they could monopolize the craigslist boards.

At this point the Grunt is unable to confirm the existence of this feature however if it does exist this is a spammers dream come true. There are a multitude of scenarios where this could be abused. If the source code of the dump feature is released it could be retooled to spam message boards and acquire free email addresses from yahoo and hotmail bypassing the anti spam protocol that is required when creating one. Of course this is all speculation on the Grunt's part so who knows.

The irony of the situation is that the company that has implemented this feature will in the near future force their agents go cold turkey from craigslist once the payment option has been initiated.

Grunt will keep you all posted.