The online community – Craigslist Writing for The Workplace- Autumn 2011 s1170048 Susumu Ito s1170267 Nguyen Tat Thang
Contents• Introduction to Craiglist• The Craigslist Network• Craigslist Financial• Craigslist Controversy
Introduction to Craigslist• WebSite: Craigslist.org.• Originally a San Francisco community electricity newsletter.• Now covers more than 450 cities worldwide.• Hosts classified ads: housing, job posting, item for sales, personal, services…• To participate in forum discussion or post a classify : easily become member with only a required valid email address.
The Craigslist Network• Communal moderation is important. • Community member largely moderate the sites. • Craigslist employees focus on transactions of housing and job posts.• Friendly simple layout and helpful search engine makes navigation easy.• Craigslist is being considered to contribute to the decline of print journalism.
Craigslist Financials● Craigslist started as a pet project butblossomed into a full-fledged company.● Newmark and Buckmaster strive to keepcraigslist a service-based company focusedon online communities.● Apart from paid classifieds in theaforementioned cities, craigslist features noadvertising at all.
Craigslist Financials● Craig Newmark and Jim Buckmaster arenyour typical corporate bigwigs.● Buckmaster is not only the CEO but also alead developer for the site.● Though craigslists corporate philosophyfocuses on making a positive impact in thecommunity, not everyone using the siteshares that point of view
Craigslist Controversy● The site has a section describing commonscam tactics and what users should do ifthey come across them.● One scam that has popped up in severalcraigslist communities involves a buyeroverpaying for an item.● The scam artist has his money, and theinnocent seller takes the blame.