Craigslist operates the world's largest website offering community classifieds and forums. Users can find jobs, housing, goods & services, social activities, dates, advice, community information, and just about anything else -- all for free, and in a relatively non-commercial environment.
The site earns revenues from job postings in 18 cities including San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Seattle, Dallas, Denver, New York, Boston, Chicago, Portland, Atlanta, Miami, Sacramento, Phoenix, Vancouver and Washington D.C. Job postings cost $75 each in San Francisco and $25 in other cities.
Craiglist also charges brokers $10 for apartment listings in NYC. Ads on the Therapeutic Services section also cost $10. The remaining cities and services are all free for users. There are no banner ads or text ads on the site, making pages faster to load.
EBay owns about a 28% stake in Craiglist following an investment in the site in 2004.
Craigslist started in the San Francisco Bay Area but has continued to expand since 1995 and now offers local sites in 570 cities in all 50 states and over 50 countries.
Craigslist gets more than 20 billion page views per month with an estimated 50 million people worldwide visiting each month. Users post more than 40 million ads every month.
The site shut down its Adult Services and Adult Gigs sections in October 2010 following complaints by Attorney Generals nationwide and law enforcement over prostitution ads.
Craig Newmark was a programmer who started an e-mail list of events in San Francisco in 1995. Soon friends wanted to post jobs and apartment listings. Newmark wanted to call his site SF-Events but friends suggested he call it Craigslist to maintain its personal and down-to-earth nature.
Craigslist was incorporated in 1999. It operates as a for-profit business.
In 2000, the site expanded to Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, San Diego, Seattle and Washington DC.
Craigslist has managed to maintain its
text-based design without using banner or text ads. The company
has turned down numerous advertising offers from major companies
in order to maintain its community and unique environment.
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