A free online classified advertisement service.
A network of free online classified advertisement websites, broken down by geographic region.
While many of the items and services offered are fairly tame (job listings, housing, trade of old items, and temporary gigs), Craigslist has an extensive Personals section which is mostly comprised of adults seeking sexual encounters. Previously, Craigslist had a comprehesive Adult Services section, which has since been discontinued due to concerns about prostitution.
The site started as an e-mail list specializing in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1995 and was turned into a website in 1996. Since then, the Craigslist team has gradually added copies of the site for a ever-growing list of geographic regions.
Incredibly active - with around 20 billion page views a month, it is the 7th busiest website in the US and 33rd busiest website in the world.
- The owners of Craigslist elected to keep the site advertisement-free and instead cover expenses by charging for job listings in large cities.
- Phillip Markoff, better known as the Craigslist Killer, robbed and killed a number of sex workers he found on Craigslist.
- Amazon won the 2001 Webby Award for "Best Community"