Craigslist is an online classifieds ad, which was started, in a small scale, in San Francisco, as a part of an electronic newsletter for the local community. Now this is the most visited web site which posts classifieds regarding anything and everything.
One will find everything over here starting from posts for selling, buying, and rooms on rent, and postings for jobs, services and personals. It has started a new forum section which enables users to discuss any topic, however, mundane or controversial it might be.
The founder of Craigslist, Craig Newmark and the CEO Jim Buckmaster, aim to make it the most useful e- portal for the whole community. Classifieds for most of the category are posted for free, and it is free for browsing and responding to ads also. This site has nothing flashy about it as it is utilitarian in nature and the main objective of the site is to help its browsers to search and find things that they look for.
Each category has many sub – categories. Anyone who has a valid mail id can post an ad or respond to the ad posted in it. The email ids are masked so that they cannot be misused by anyone. If you want to post a classified or want to join in the forum discussion then just create an account and log in to the site.
Each Craigslist site has a particular community. It originally listed classifieds regarding San Francisco only. As the popularity, of the site increased more cities joined the community. Boston was the first city to join the network, and now it has classifieds for than 450 cities.
More than 8 billion people view the pages making it the top 10 most visited English language site. The main motto of the site is to help the community and its people. It does not want to spread commercialism and corporate culture in their company.
The main motto of Craigslist community is to make it simple and easy to be used. This community is used by a teenager as well as a senior citizen. This site earns money to operate by earning from job postings in a few cities, and from listings of apartments in New York City. This site earns enough revenue to pay its staff of 25 people.