Below are some tips for making the best of popular social sites to find roommates. Look through these strategies and consider what menthod might be the best way to reach a potential roomie. A good suggestion is to think about where you personally might look for a roommate, as you're likely to find somebody who shares the same lifestyle qualities as yourself.
As always, social media is a minefield. There are lots of crazies out there, so as you search for a housemate, be careful not to reveal any personal information about yourself or your home publicly on the internet.
• Post a status update asking if anybody in your city is looking for a roommate. Combing friends and acquaintances you already know is a great way to find a compatible roommate.
• Post to the Facebook page for your city or the apartment complex or neighborhood you're looking to move in to, seeing if anybody needs a roommate.
• Post to the Facebook page of groups you're interested in, asking if anybody wants to rent your room. This is a great way to find a housemate with similar interests.
• Take out a Facebook ad advertising the room you have available. Facebook's targeted advertising makes it easy to make sure only certain demographics (age, gender) see your ad.
• Tweet that you're looking for a roommate to your followers. Add a hashtag for your city to reach potentially even more people.
• Use Twitter's search feature (or the search feature of your favorite Twitter client) to find people in your city looking for roommates or places to live. A search for "need roommate miami" might turn up some great leads.
• Some brokers or apartment sites run Twitter accounts aimed at connecting potential roommates in certain cities. Do a Google search to see if there's a Twitter account where you live.
• Scan the ads for people seeking roommates under the "Room/Shared" section of Craigslist. The "Sublets/Temporary" section could turn up some great leads as well.
• Post an ad yourself in Craiglist's housing section. Once you've heard from a few possibilities, use other social media tools to filter out the spam and people who aren't a good fit.
Research a Roommate
Once you've selected a roomie, or at least narrowed down a few choices, ask your potential roommates to give you their social media names and let them know you want to check out their Facebook page or Twitter stream to get a better idea of their personality and your hit as roommmates (you can offer up your own account links, too). Also, checking out a potential roommate's profile on Facebook or LinkedIn will allow you to cross-check the info you've been given about their school or work life.
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