The site has come a long way from the day he listed any items that striked his fancy.
A friend of Craig Newmark dug out the first email he sent out in 1995 about a simple webpage he had put together called Craigslist.
web.58.96: Craig Newmark (cnewmark) Tue 28 Mar 95 06:23
Well, I just went ahead and built a home page:
My focus, on this page, is on events around San Francisco that involve arts and technology, privacy rights, local writers and artists, and any other item that strikes my fancy. This includes stuff like the Anon Salon, Spoonman’s TeleCircus, Joe’s Digital Diner, Eric’s Jacking In series, the upcoming conference on Feminist Activism and Art, etc.
If you open index.html, you actually get a choice of the above, a personal bio (Web vanity plate) or a resume.
The approach is as minimalist as I could make, with the exception of the Cole Valley stuff, where I display maps of its location, and a photo of parking hell overlooked by Sutro Tower. I’d really appreciate any feedback…
From that simple start, today the site serves over twenty billion page views per month, putting it in 37th place overall among web sites worldwide and 11th place overall among web sites in the United States. Because it decimated traditional classified pages, Newmark also changed news media business forever.