Craigslist's employees don't get involved in any transactions or discussions unless someone reports a problem.If you want to participate in forum discussions or post your own classifieds, you need to create a craigslist account.In this article, we'll look at craigslist's impact on the Internet, the corporate structure of the company and some of the controversies involving the Web site.In the next section, we'll learn about craigslist's presence on the Web.The initial technology encountered some limits, so by Majordomo had been installed and the mailing list "Craigslist" resumed operations.Community members started asking for a web interface.Posting for most classifieds categories on craigslist is free, and it's also free to browse and respond to ads.The Web site doesn't have any flashy animation or graphics -- its value comes from its utilitarian design and the contributions of its users.
Craigslist's founder Craig Newmark and CEO Jim Buckmaster aim to provide users with a helpful, noncommercial way to connect with other people in their communities [source: New York Times].
The Community category on craigslist functions like a community center's bulletin board.
It includes subsections for local news, politics, announcements, volunteer opportunities, rideshare programs and other local events and activities.
The company does not formally disclose financial or ownership information.
Analysts and commentators have reported varying figures for its annual revenue, ranging from million in 2004, million in 2005, and , there have been no substantive changes to the usefulness, or the non-advertising nature of the site; neither banner ads, nor charges for a few services provided to businesses.In December 2006, at the UBS Global Media Conference in New York, Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster told Wall Street analysts that Craigslist had little interest in maximizing profit, and instead preferred to help users find cars, apartments, jobs and dates.Craigslist's main source of revenue is paid job ads in select American cities.Buckmaster contributed the site's multi-city architecture, search engine, discussion forums, flagging system, self-posting process, homepage design, personals categories, and best-of-Craigslist feature. On August 1, 2004, Craigslist began charging to post job openings on the New York and Los Angeles pages.