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.The only thing you need to become a member is a valid e-mail address.The signup process is short and painless -- after entering your e-mail and filling in a verification word (which helps prevent programs called bots from creating accounts to post ads automatically), you'll receive an e-mail that includes a link you'll need to click on to verify your account and log in.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.
The site has a range of broad categories, and each category has several subcategories, making it easy to navigate to the appropriate section quickly.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.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.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.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.He was promoted to CEO in The website expanded into nine more U. On the same day, a new section called "Gigs" was added, where low-cost and unpaid jobs can be posted free.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.