Hitchhiking In Cyberspace

The joys--and dangers--of finding a ride home on the Web

Need a ride home for the holidays? Hitchhiking may have fallen out of favor, but a new form of ride sharing has emerged to replace it on--where else?--the Web. Today tens of thousands of Americans go online every month to stick a virtual thumb out in cyberspace, especially during holiday travel seasons.

Craigslist.org--the largest ride-sharing forum--expects to receive a 50% increase in requests from users hoping to catch a ride home for Thanksgiving dinner. And why not? As a mode of travel, it's cheap, fuel efficient and relatively safe (more on that later). Besides, says Jim Buckmaster, CEO of Craigslist,...

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