Discover the Best-of-Craigslist

By March 10, 2008

For those of you who don’t have a Facebook account, Craigslist.org 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

igslist.org – 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 editorial@atelier-us.com

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