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The move came shortly before e Bay's planned spin-off of Pay Pal, and an effort to divest other units to focus on its core business.As a consequence, the young company was forced to rename to James Edition.It became a web-based service in 1996 and expanded into other classified categories. Having observed people helping one another in friendly, social, and trusting communal ways on the Internet via the WELL, Mind Vox and Usenet, and feeling isolated as a relative newcomer to San Francisco, Craigslist founder Craig Newmark decided to create something similar for local events.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.There was no moderation and Newmark was surprised when people started using the mailing list for non-event postings.The site initially replaced the adult services page link with the word "censored" in white-on-black text.The site received criticism and complaints from attorneys general that the section's ads were facilitating prostitution and child sex trafficking.
Newmark registered "craigslist.org", and the website went live in 1996.
e Bay owned approximately 25%, and Newmark is believed to own the largest stake.
to "remedy the substantial and ongoing harm to fair competition" that Craigslist claimed was constituted by e Bay's actions as Craigslist shareholders; the company claimed that it had used its minority stake to gain access to confidential information, which it then used as part of its competing service Kijiji. announced that it would divest its stake back to Craigslist for an undisclosed amount, and settle its litigation with the company.
As of 2012, mashup sites such as and were overlaying Craigslist data with Google Maps and adding their own search filters to improve usability.
In June 2012, Craigslist changed its terms of service to disallow the practice. The site is considered particularly useful by lesbians and gay men seeking to make connections, because of the service's free and open nature and because of the difficulty of otherwise finding each other in more conservative areas.
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Craigslist (stylized as craigslist) is an American classified advertisements website with sections devoted to jobs, housing, for sale, items wanted, services, community, gigs, résumés, and discussion forums. In March 2008, Spanish, French, Italian, German, and Portuguese became the first non-English languages Craigslist supported.