Craigslist represents a central network of online communities, connected throw free online classified advertisements featuring certain job listings, apartment rentals, apartment offers, internships, housing, personals, erotic services, for sale/barter/wanted, services, community, gigs, resume, and pets categories – and forums on various topics.
Craigslist was conceived as a service in 1995 by Craig Newmark for the San Francisco Bay Area, as an incorporated company.In 1999, Craigslist become a private for- profit company, promoting its services in 450 cities and 50 countries, operating with a stuff of 24 people.
The main source of profit for the company is the revenue based on paid job ads in select cities and paid broker apartment listings in New York City, counting over thirty million new classified advertisements each month, over two million new job listings each month, according to Alexa.com .Craiglist is considered to be one of the top job boards in the world, as the classified ads cover several areas and domains: traditional buy/sell ads and community announcements, personal ads and even erotic services.
Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster has declared at the UBS Global Media Conference in New York,that he tries to help people find cars, apartments, jobs, and dates more than increasing Craigslist profits.
The site’s multi-city architecture, search engine, discussion forums, flagging system, self-posting process, homepage design, personals categories, and best-of-Craigslist feature were designed by the current CEO Jim Buckmaster, in 2000, featuring some main Craigslist categories in 2002: "men seeking men", "casual encounters", "erotic services", and "rants and raves" boards.
The company has assured itself against possible controversies and illegal activities by users, creating a service that gives to the visitors the chance to flag an ad if they think it is against the site policy.
Craigslist has also provided a nonprofit organization, the Craigslist Foundation( 2001), helping the emerging nonprofit organizations to attract the attention of potential donors and promote themselves, while learning the ultimate knowledge required for long-term success. The Craiglsist role to charitable donations can be successful expressed in their own words:
"face-to-face events and offers online resources to help grassroots organizations get off the ground and contribute real value to the community".
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