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 San Francisco Bay Area. The number of subscribers and postings grew rapidly.At times it has occurred to people that the problems with craigslist could be solved by appealing to its eponym, Craig Newmark. His company is being sued by e Bay, a competitor and minority shareholder angry at being excluded from the company's deliberations.
Turn on the TV and it’s not about kittens being saved from trees, but drive-by shootings.Craigslist is not only gigantic in scale and totally resistant to business cooperation, it is also mostly free.The only things that cost money to post on the site are job ads in some cities ( to ), apartment listings by brokers in New York (), and—in a special case born of recent legal trouble—advertisements in categories commonly used by prostitutes, because authorities encourage vendors to maintain a record that would aid investigators. They won't let you join them, and at this price you can't beat them either.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. User demand for more categories caused the list of categories to grow.