Craigslist facts & figures
Q: What is craigslist?
A: Local community classifieds and forums - a place to find a job, housing, goods & services, a social life, advice, and just about anything else.
Q: How did craigslist get started?
A: In early 1995, by Craig Newmark, in San Francisco, California. A little more history is here.
Q: Is craigslist a nonprofit?
A: No, craigslist was incorporated as a for-profit in 1999.
Q: If it's now a for-profit, why does craigslist still use a .ORG domain? Isn't .ORG restricted to nonprofits?
A: It is a symbol of our service mission and non-corporate culture. Use of .ORG domains is unrestricted.
Q: How much traffic does craigslist get?
A: More than 2 billion page views per month
Q: How many people use craiglist?
A: About 8 million each month
Q: How many postings does craigslist get?
A: 5 million classified ads and 1 million forums postings each month
Q: How many employees does craigslist have, and where are its offices located?
A: 18 of us work out of a victorian house in the Inner Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco
Q: How does craigslist support its operations?
A: By charging businesses below-market rates for help wanted ads in SF, NYC and LA.
Q: How many craigslist sites are there, when were they launched, and why is craigslist expanding?
A: New cities are added in response to user request. There are now 120 cities in 25 countries, as listed below (with start dates):
3/1995: SF Bay Area
8/2000: Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, San Diego, Seattle, Washington DC
4/2001: Atlanta, Austin, Denver, Vancouver
10/2002: Miami, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Phoenix
4/2003: Dallas, Detroit, Houston, London, Toronto
11/2003: Baltimore, Cleveland, Honolulu, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, St. Louis, Tampa Bay
1/2004: Montreal, Providence
2/2004: Nashville, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Columbus, Fresno, Hartford, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Norfolk, Orlando
9/2004: Albuquerque, Anchorage, Boise, Buffalo, Memphis, Salt Lake, Santa Barbara, Manchester, Edinburgh, Dublin, Melbourne, Sydney
11/2004: Albany, Amsterdam, Bangalore, Eugene, Inland Empire, Monterey Bay, Omaha, Orange County, Ottawa, Paris, Reno, San Antonio, Sao Paulo, Singapore, Spokane, Tokyo, Tucson, Tulsa
1/2005: Auckland, Bakersfield, Belfast, Berlin, Brisbane, Brussels, Burlington, Calgary, Cardiff, Des Moines, Edmonton, Glasgow, Jacksonville, Louisville, Richmond, Stockton, Winnipeg
2/2005: Birmingham UK, Buenos Aires, Columbia, Manila, Mexico City, Rome, Seoul
4/2005: Allentown, Barcelona, Birmingham AL, Cape Town, Delhi, Hong Kong, Lexington KY, Little Rock, Madison, Maine, Modesto, Mumbai, New Haven, New Jersey, Rochester, Shanghai, Stockholm, West Palm Beach, Wichita
Q: What is craigslist trying to accomplish?
A: Provide a trustworthy, efficient, relatively non-commerical place for folks to find all the basics in their local area.
Q: Why doesn't craigslist focus more on generating revenue?
A: We rely on local communities to suggest ways to make money without compromising craigslist.
Q: Which parts of the site have the most page views?
A: 1) jobs 2) housing 3) for sale 4) personals 5) forums
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