Discover the Best-of-Craigslist

By March 10, 2008

For those of you who don’t have a Facebook account, offers an alternative for killing time on the Internet.   Every day, people in 450 cities worldwide check classified ads and interact on forums on the website, Cra – a community moderated website that started as a San Francisco e-mail list and hobby by Craig Newmark in early 1995.   Not only can you look for an apartment, a job, or concert tickets, but you can post and read rants and raves within the Personals section. These are posted anonymously; the content is raw and honest, sometimes offensive and often times funny. It’s a novel way for anyone to anonymously say what they’re really feeling about something or someone on the World Wide Web. Due to the popularity of rants and raves, Craigslist developed a way for readers to nominate their favorites and housed them under one name: best-of-craigslist.    Entertaining posts include a love note from a man in Denver hit by a female driver who was too busy talking on her cell phone to notice “the unconscious speed bump that loves you.” One poster raves about a mother’s unconditional love at a busy Costco in Vancouver over Christmas time.  While another post is a sarcastic thank you letter to a “hipster record store clerk” who criticized the author’s music purchase.   Craigslist receives over 9 billion page views per month, ranking among the top 10 web sites who receive the highest English-language page views, according to Yahoo! Finance. The company currently has 25 employees in San Francisco and according to their website “supports operations by charging below-market fees for job ads in 10 cities, and for brokered apartment listings in NYC.”   By Kathleen Clark, L'Atelier   FEEDBACK For comments on this article, email us at

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