June 12th, 2008 | Published in Google Docs
In mid-July I'm headed off to volunteer with a non-profit, stationed in the South Pacific. As a result, I'm currently scrambling to tie up loose ends and organize the logistics of this rather big change. One of these loose ends involves helping my current roommate find someone to fill my room in the house.
In the Bay Area, the best way to find a room or replace a roommate is through Craigslist.org.
(Craigslist is how I found the room in the first place.) What I remember about my room search 2+ years ago was that everywhere I "applied" had at least 30-50 other applicants. This is stressful not only for the applicants, but for the poor person taxed with choosing the best of the bunch. So, to ease the burden on my roommate and myself, I decided to use Google Docs when placing our ad. This allowed us to update and expand the information linked in the ad on a moment's notice, without having to take down, edit, and resubmit through Craigslist. In addition, we added a form to our ad which collects information from interested parties, and aggregates it on a convenient spreadsheet. No more stuffed inbox, ambiguous information or shady spam.
Here's the ad:
1. Create a new document and list all the specifics of the room, along with pictures.