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What Is Craigslist?

Tuesday, 05 Oct 2010 09:32 AM

Simply put, Craigslist is a region-wide online classified list that has categorized advertisements ranging from services to gigs, from personals to housing, and from “for sale” to discussion forums. Remember the good old days when classifieds were featured in black and white newspapers and people circled job postings with pens? Well, Craigslist is the online replacement for that!
This online classified revolution began in 1995 in San Francisco, when 42-year old, Craig Newmark, set a new mark in the world of classified advertising. By 2000, Craigslist had spread to nine cities in the U.S. And, by 2009, Craigslist became a site that hosted 20-billion page views per month, thereby grabbing the 33rd place on the list of the greatest websites in the world. Now, Craigslist has reached your city too. Type the URL and see it for yourself!
What is Craigslist then? Is it free? Well yes, for users. For advertisers, its costs vary depending on the area of the country. For instance, placing an add for the San Francisco bay area costs $75, while the same ad in New York City costs about $10.
The site's graphics are very simple and straightforward. The site does not employ any sort of imagery or design to decorate and adorn the background. It has been the same since it began in 1995. The website remains virtually unchanged.
Jim Buckmaster joined Craigslist as a leading CEO in 2000. He has played an important role in making Craigslist what it is today. The three sole shareholders of the website that now earn millions per year are Craig Newmark, Jim Buckmaster, and eBay.
One interesting thing about this remarkable online classifieds is that it uses a user flagging system to quickly recognize illegal and inappropriate ad postings. As ad postings can be done by anyone and do not essentially require anyone to have an account with Craigslist, spurious ads are often inevitable. To counteract this, flagging can be made by almost any visitor.

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