"In the entire time I've been here, I don't think Craig has ever said to me, 'This is the way it has to be,'" Buckmaster [the CEO] says. The only topic he can remember their disagreeing about is the peace sign that adorns the craigslist Web address. "Craig thought it was associated with the hippies and that hippies were discredited," Buckmaster says. "Whereas I think peace is among the most desirable things you can have."
Uh...there is a search bar, you know.
I'm not looking for anything specific.I think I found your problem.
I'm not looking for anything specific.
I don't think it's that simple. There are plenty of websites that I've bought stuff from after randomly browsing around.
one of the most curious things about craigslist is that a company designed and run entirely by programmers is so hostile to outsiders who want to pull neat technical tricks to improve the site.
independent programmer Jeff Atwood created a service that would allow people to search multiple cities at once or even search craigslist globally
There are really two issues here:
1) Craigslist is a *local* tool and we discourage any tool that blurs that distinction
2) The manner in which this tool gets information from our site is all wrong. The reason that we don't mind housingmaps.com traffic is that they pull one RSS feed a day to update their data.
#1 is enough to make us unhappy about this so it doesnt matter if #2 changes or not.
Bill Swingle on June 22, 2005 3:19 PM
But wrapping the success of craigslist into some kind of anti-web2.0 parable strikes me as some sort of webby version of the myth of the noble savage.
When [Craig Newmark] talks, he calls upon a repertoire of conversational gambits he has been collecting forever, and he has a selection of sound effects on his mobile phone, such as a cymbal crash, that he can trigger to make it clear he is joking. When people misunderstand him, he doesn't get upset. "I'm the Forrest Gump of the Internet," he says. He loves customer service. "I'll only be doing this as long as I live," he says. He taps his phone, triggering a ghostly whaaahahaha. "And after that, who knows?"
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