If you love something, let it go…
What started as a simple way to get rid of free stuff you had accumulating has turned into something much more. Sure you can put that old desk and winter coats on /free and someone might pick them up, but these days /free has evolved into a different purpose.
People started putting “free hugs” on /free, then “free conversations”, and “free friendships”. Some people are naturally giving, and when they run out of hard goods to give away, they give away part of themselves.
The people of /free are just looking to make their small corner of the world a better place by offering up their time and emotional energy. There aren’t many places online where you can get a “free coffee conversation” because our current platforms are not really set up to do that. The “free” section of Craigslist is mostly mattresses and other piles of semi-garbage. Dating apps and other “connect to those around you” type apps come will all sorts of expectations.
The local web is created and defined by the people who use it. And patrons are using /free to share a part of themselves that is hard to commoditize. Where else will your find your neighbors offering free garden planning, free art lessons, or free painted portraits in exchange for being a model. When you have a platform that is as open and flexible as human nature, you end up with a product that is closer to the human heart.
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