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CouchSurfing vs CouchCorporation

Travel Forums General Talk CouchSurfing vs CouchCorporation

1. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

As some of you may have noticed, CouchSurfing.com is rapidly mutating from a community-driven project into a corporation with a closed, rather opaque leadership structure. Interestingly, one where the bulk of the work is still supposed to be done by volunteers, but without giving them a real say in anything.

For those of you who are members of CS (or HospitalityClub; to my understanding, something very similar happened there, too) I wondered whether and how this affects your attitude towards hospitality networks. In my case, even though I was enthusiastic at first, and I still sympathise with the idea behind CS, the recent changes made me reconsider, and I finally decided to stop giving feedback or contributing financially, simply because I feel it no longer benefits the 'cause', but the 'corporation' instead. What do you think?

2. Posted by BillyPyro (Budding Member 22 posts) 9y

I've looked through that site before and have been interested in how it operates and the likes, but have never ventured into doing something like it. I'm not totally sure what you mean, but there is always GlobalFreeloaders.com how about giving that one a try?

3. Posted by kombizz (Full Member 1416 posts) 9y

@ bentivogli
Not sure what you are trying to say?
Do you know more about the background of CS? Who are the people behind of them?

4. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

I'm not trying to say more than is there in my original post, kombizz; I'm curious how organisational policies of the people that run hospitality networks affect members' attitudes towards them. As this is not a discussion that can be carried out in any meaningful way in the forums of CouchSurfing.com (which I think says a lot), I take my curiosity elsewhere :)

5. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

Hmm, that's interesting. Wasn't aware of that change over at cs. I'm not a member (or maybe I am, but without a couch out in any case), so don't really have any clear opinions on this. What is interesting though is that the concept has definitely become more mainstream with a Facebook app (couchswap it's called I believe) being launched that is effectively the same, but owned by TripUp, which in turn was just bought by Sidestep.