By Michael Dorausch, D.C.
I’m in Las Vegas at Pubcon 2007 with about 2000 others listening to the kickoff keynote speaker, Craig Newmark of Craigslist. If you don’t know what craigslist is, I don’t know where you’ve been.
I’m just realizing this morning how much Craig’s creation has affected my life. I have hired at least 3 employees from the site, hired models for chiropractic photo shoots, sold computer equipment, purchased furniture for my office, and attracted people to my adiola office. The web site has probably resulted in over a billion transactions and its allowed people to connect to rent apartments, sell homes, find cheap furniture, create relationships, make friends, discuss like-minded topics, and engage in a smorgasbord of other activities.
Craig claims to be quite a nerd but he says he hasn’t done much coding since 1999. His site hit about 1 million page views per month in 1997, wow. They did banner ads for a while but he said the banner advertisements tended to slow things down. Around 1999 he says craigslist began to form into a real company. Code for the site was rewritten during that same time and he says he hasn’t written new code since.
Talking about extremists, Craig said something like… The reason you hear more from extremists is because moderates have stuff to do.
Craigslist currently has a presence in nearly every city in the United States (especially popular in metro areas), parts of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and international places such as Germany, France, Finland, Belgium, Mexico, Moscow, Paris, Shanghai, Singapore, and others.