Type of site , Available in English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese Founded 1995 1995 incorporated 1999 Headquarters , California, U. It became a web-based service in 1996 and expanded into other classified categories. It started expanding to other U. In March 2008, , , , , and became the first non-English languages Craigslist supported. As of August 9, 2012, over 700 cities and areas in 70 countries had Craigslist sites. Some Craigslist sites cover large regions instead of individual metropolitan areas—for example, the U. In early 1995, he began an email distribution list to friends. Most of the early postings were submitted by Newmark and were notices of social events of interest to software and Internet developers living and working in the. Soon, led to rapid growth. The number of subscribers and postings grew rapidly. There was no moderation and Newmark was surprised when people started using the mailing list for non-event postings. People trying to get technical positions filled found that the list was a good way to reach people with the skills they were looking for. This led to the addition of a jobs category. User demand for more categories caused the list of categories to grow. Community members started asking for a web interface. Craigslist incorporated as a private for-profit company in 1999. Around the time of these events, Newmark realized the site was growing so fast that he could stop working as a software engineer and devote his full attention to running Craigslist. By April 2000, there were nine employees working out of Newmark's San Francisco apartment. In January 2000, current CEO joined the company as lead programmer and. Buckmaster contributed the site's multi-city architecture, search engine, discussion forums, flagging system, self-posting process, homepage design, categories, and best-of-Craigslist feature. He was promoted to CEO in November 2000. The website expanded into nine more U. Craigslist headquarters in the of San Francisco prior to 2010 The site serves more than 20 billion page views per month, putting it in 72nd place overall among websites worldwide and 11th place overall among websites in the United States per on June 28, 2016 , with more than 49. With more than 80 million new classified advertisements each month, Craigslist is the leading classifieds service in any medium. The site receives more than 2 million new job listings each month, making it one of the top job boards in the world. Craigslist also dominates the U. The 23 largest U. In 2009, Craigslist operated with a staff of 28 people. Financials and ownership In December 2006, at the Global Media Conference in New York, Craigslist CEO told 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. The company does not formally disclose financial or ownership information. On August 13, 2004, Newmark announced on his blog that auction giant had purchased a 25% stake in the company from a former employee. Some fans of Craigslist expressed concern that this development would affect the site's longtime non-commercial nature. As of April 2012 , there have been no substantive changes to the usefulness or non-advertising nature of the site—no banner ads, charges for a few services provided to businesses. The company was believed to be owned principally by Newmark, Buckmaster and the three board members. On June 19, 2015, eBay Inc. The move came shortly before eBay's planned spin-off of , and an effort to divest other units to focus on its core business. The Swedish luxury marketplace website Jameslist. Content policies As of 2012, sites such as padmapper. In June 2012, Craigslist changed its terms of service to disallow the practice. In July 2012, Craigslist filed a lawsuit against padmapper. Following the shutdown of Padmapper. Personals Over the years Craigslist has become a very popular online destination for arranging for and. The site is considered particularly useful by lesbians and gay men seeking to make connections, because of the service's free and open nature and because of the difficulty of otherwise finding each other in more conservative areas. In 2005, San Francisco Craigslist's section was attributed to facilitating sexual encounters and was the second most common correlation to infections. The site has, however, added links to and forums. Any tool or service can be misused. To the millions of spouses, partners, and couples who met through craigslist, we wish you every happiness! Today, all of the above listed boards as well as some others have a disclaimer. On May 13, 2009, Craigslist announced that it would close the erotic services section, replacing it with an adult services section to be reviewed by Craigslist employees. This decision came after allegations by several U. On September 4, 2010, Craigslist closed the adult services section of its website in the United States. The site received criticism and complaints from attorneys general that the section's ads were facilitating prostitution and child sex trafficking. The adult services section link was still active in countries outside of the U. It would likely result in the takedown of what might otherwise be perfectly legitimate free expression. Craigslist announced on September 15, 2011, that it had closed its adult services in the United States, however, it defended its right to carry such ads. Free speech and some sex crime victim advocates criticized the removal of the section, saying that it threatened free speech and that it diminished law enforcement's ability to track criminals. However, the removal was applauded by many state attorneys general and some other groups fighting sex crimes. Craigslist said that there is some indication that those who posted ads in the adult services section are posting elsewhere. The company makes efforts to fight prostitution and sex trafficking, and in 2015, received an award from the FBI for cooperation with law enforcement to fight human trafficking. On December 19, 2010, after pressure from Ottawa and several provinces, Craigslist closed 'Erotic Services' and 'Adult Gigs' from its Canadian website, even though prostitution was at the time. Users may flag postings they believe to be in violation of Craigslist guidelines. Flagging does not require account login or registration, and can be done anonymously by anyone. Postings are subject to automated removal when a certain number of users flag them. The number of flags required for a posting's removal is dynamically variable and remains unknown to all but Craigslist staff. Some users allege that flagging may also occur as acts of vandalism by groups of individuals at different ISPs, but according to Craigslist no evidence of this has ever been produced. Flagging can also alert Craigslist staff to blocks of ads requiring manual oversight or removal. This growing trade economy has been documented on the television program and the blog. In July 2005, the criticized Craigslist for allowing ads from dog breeders, stating that this could encourage the over-breeding and irresponsible selling of pit bulls in the Bay Area. According to Craigslist's terms of service, the sale of pets is prohibited, though re-homing with small adoption fees is acceptable. In January 2006, the published an editorial claiming that Craigslist could threaten the business of local alternative newspapers. This article was a reaction to lawsuits from Craigslist to prevent competition. The Swedish luxury marketplace website Jameslist. In 2012, Craigslist sued PadMapper, a site that hoped to improve the user interface for browsing housing ads, and 3Taps, a company that helped PadMapper obtain data from Craigslist, in. This led users to criticize Craigslist for trying to shut down a service that was useful to them. In 2001, the company started the Craigslist Foundation, a nonprofit organization that offers free and low-cost events and online resources to promote at all levels. Since 2004, the Craigslist Foundation has hosted eight annual conferences called Boot Camp, an in-person event that focuses on skills for connecting, motivating and inspiring greater community involvement and impact. 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