Craigslist is an American classified advertisements website which is used for buying, selling and bartering any items. There are categories or sections such as housing, jobs, services discussion forums, for sale etc. These categories have sub categories which more or less covers everything. People can visit the website and post their own ads for selling, buying or any job posting.
Craig Newmark who is a founder of Craigslist first started a service in 1995 where he used to send email distributing list to his friends which help others to know about different events occurring in the San Francisco bay Area. It became web-based in 1996 and now it covers almost 2000 cities and 70 countries.
Being one of the top earning companies in the world you have both the positive and negative sides. So, below are some jaw-dropping facts about Craigslist which are not known to many:
Many times when Craig Newmark appeared in any interviews he have stated about his lack of social skills and bad leadership and management qualities. This is the reason he made his senior developer Jim Buckmaster the CEO of the company.
Buckmaster is well known in public as a communist and have made numerous statement about that he is not trying to maximize revenue for the company. This information is stated in Craigslist’s About Jim Buckmaster page.
One more example is when in 2001 company started a nonprofit organization named as Craigslist Foundation. The main motive of this organization is to offer free and low-cost events and online resources for everyone, so that it could promote community building.
Up till 2004 the organization has hosted eight boot camps, where people connect, motivate and build communities. Now, all of the organization functions are moved to LikeMinded.org and CraigsListFoundation.org.
After several years the website becomes very famous destination for someone who is looking for dates and sex. In the “Personals” category there are sub-categories like “dating/romance” and casual “encounters” where people can post their ads with requirements, number and rates.
The site became more famous amongst lesbians and gay people who mostly find it difficult to connect with people alike. More things which attract people are its free and open nature.
Having such an open platform also has its disadvantages since it also attracts criminals who get an easy opportunity to commit crime.
Men seeking men in the Personals category is a second most common reason of spreading syphilis infections.
In 2018, because of the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA), Craigslist have to shut down its Personals category in United States. According to the report by vice.com, since the company come into picture there has been thousands of crime every year which depicts its involvement. So from now on when you click on any of these sections today you will see a bellow message:
“US Congress just passed HR 1865, ‘FOSTA’, seeking to subject websites to criminal and civil liability when third parties (users) misuse online personals unlawfully. Any tool or service can be misused. We can’t take such risk without jeopardizing all our other services, so we are regretfully taking craigslist personals offline. Hopefully we can bring them back some day. To the millions of spouses, partners, and couples who met through craigslist, we wish you every happiness!”
In 2004, Newmark announced in his blog that eBay has purchased 25% of the Craigslist shares from a former employee. Many fans opposed this because they thought that this might affect the company non-commercial use, but everything was same as usual.
At that time company shares was divided into three parts between eBay, Buckmaster and Craig himself. Obviously, Craig has the highest cut.
From that time on there were some misunderstandings between eBay and Craigslist which resulted in court cases. Later in 2015, Newmark bought back its share from eBay at some disclosed amount.
Source: Web Archive
The company has been facing issue because of the criminal activities which were linked to their site. They have been working hard to resolve the issue and providing any information to the police if they ask for it.
The company has always made efforts to fight prostitution and sex trafficking. This is the reason that in 2015, Craig Newmark received an award from FBI for cooperating with law and enforcement to fight against human trafficking.
According to the FBI, he had helped them a lot to catch many criminals, as stated in the report in Reuters.
Craigslist is a simple site which has never been involved in digital marketing of online marketing technique. Even then the website has been in top 15 websites in United States.
According to SimilarWeb, Craigslist have far more monthly users than Netfix, Walmart, Pinterest and LinkedIn.
It is obvious that there will be numerous fingers pointing at you because you are so successful. The same happened to the Craigslist, it was criticized by numerous companies, journals and newspapers.
In 2005, it was criticized for allowing ads from dog breeders by San Francisco Chronicle. They said this will result in over-breeding of pit bulls in Bay Area. According to the Craigslist term and services, selling dogs are prohibited.
The company was also criticized by some users when they sued PadMapper and 3Taps, who tried to improve user interface for browsing housing ads.
Previously Newspapers golden goose was classified ads which were entirely taken over by the Craigslist after few years of its arrival.
Newspapers used to cost hundreds of dollar for a few lines classified ads but Craigslist made everything free which resulted in its decline.
According to the Minnpost, revenue received from classified ads in the year 2000 was $19.6 billion. In 2012, this revenue was gone down to $4.6 billion which is a decline of 77 percent.
This happened not only because of Craigslist but few other sites like Monster.com, Cars.com and Realtor.com also has its hand in it.
There are numerous movies which are which either captured the real life Craigslist connection stories or shown the dark side of Craigslist. Due Date, a well known comedy movie had a scene when Zach Galifianakis bought a marijuana from a dealer through the website.
If you remember the story of Philip Markoff, who was accused of robbing and murdering prostitutes also turned out in a movie. The name of the movie is “The Craigslist Killer”.
The other movies were: ‘24 Hours on Craigslist’, ‘Craigslist Joe and Mike’ and ‘Dave Need Wedding Dates’.
Craig Newmark, whose company had a total worth of $1.6 billion, donated $ 143 million in 2018. These donations rank him in top ten donators in United States according to Chronicle of Philanthropy.
According to the report by the New York Times, he also gave $ 20 million to the CUNY Journalism School as charity.
Charles Marvin Green Jr. mostly had known as Angry Grandpa Bought his two white shepherds from Craigslist.
On Angry Grandpa Fandom wiki page the name of its one white shepherd is known. One of the dog named Atticus was bought by Grandpa as he found a great offer on Craigslist.
According to the Craigslist Killing, there had been approximately 130 murders that connect Craigslist somehow.
There had been reported numerous, sexual assaults, thefts and shootings because of the ads that were posted on the website.
According to the report by The Daily Beast, a man accused of killing a 19 year old Colorado girl claims that the girl requested to get killed on the ad which she posted on Craigslist.
Well, Craig Newmark believes that man can only maintain stable social relationship with limited people. That is the reason the $1.6 billion company only has 50 employees.
So keep his organization small, citing the concept of Dunbar’s number, according to which there is limited amount of people with whom person can have a stable social relationship and this number should not exceed 150.
Steven Ortiz, a 17 year old boy started off by selling old phone and ended with a Porsche on Craigslist.
He first traded a old phone for a better phone, then that better phone for i-Pod touch. Then he bartered that i-Pod for dirt bikes, then a MacBook Pro and eventully ending at a 2000 Porsche Boxster S which worth about $ 9,000.
Source: Whittier Daily News
There are mostly used cars ads on Craigslist but sometimes there were also some most expensive cars ads. For example, $1.3 million Bugatti Veyron ad posted by Specialty Sales, a San Francisco-area dealer.
There was another suburban Detroit dealer who posted an ad of 1965 Shelby Mustang GT on Craigslist at a price of $800,000.
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