How Craigslist Works

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How Craigslist Works

  1. 1. How Craigslist Works 1. Introduction 2. The Craigslist Network 3. Craigslist Financials 4. Craigslist Controversy 5. More Links
  2. 2. 1. Introduction Craigslist.org, originally a San Francisco community electronic newsletter, is now one of the most visited English language Web sites, with local classifieds for more than 450 cities worldwide. The site's main function is to host classified ads that cover practically every category you can think of, including housing, job postings, items for sale, services and personals.
  3. 3. 2. The Craigslist Network Each craigslist site focuses on a specific community. Originally, craigslist only listed classifieds and announcements within San Francisco. As the service grew in popularity, expanding well beyond founder Craig Newmark's original concept, craigslist added other cities to its network. Today, more than 450 cities have a craigslist community site.
  4. 4. 3. Craigslist Financials Craigslist started as a pet project but blossomed into a full-fledged company. In 1999, craigslist incorporated as a for-profit organization. The company also purchased the domain craigslist.com to prevent anyone from buying it and misleading craigslist members. Each year since then, craigslist has expanded to cover more cities and communities, becoming a powerful financial force in the process.
  5. 5. 4. Craigslist Controversy One of the biggest challenges for the craigslist community is weeding out scam artists. The site has a section describing common scam tactics and what users should do if they come across them. One scam that has popped up in several craigslist communities involves a buyer overpaying for an item. The scam artist has his money, and the innocent seller takes the blame.
  6. 6. 5. More Links How Internet Infrastructure Works ( http://computer.howstuffworks.com/internet-infrastructure.htm ) How eBay Works ( http://computer.howstuffworks.com/ebay.htm ) How Blogs Work ( http://computer.howstuffworks.com/internet/social- networking/information/blog.htm )

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