RIP Philo

would craigslist succeed if it was starting out today?

http://www.mslater.com/2007/1/26/the-craigslist-anomaly

would the same model for development succeed today?
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March 7th, 2007 2:35pm
by offering a useful service, delivered for free and leveraging his high level of integrity?


nah, thats _so_ 90's.
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March 7th, 2007 2:42pm
how many employees did wordpress, flickr, reddit or digg have?
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March 7th, 2007 2:43pm
Sheez, it's not like Craig's whole family was arraigned on drug charges.
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March 7th, 2007 2:43pm
you've lost me there, muppet.
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March 7th, 2007 2:48pm
Well, see, he's got that in common with most people.  People like the familiar.  We're a tribal species.  Since Craig's whole family hasn't been arraigned on drug charges, and neither has yours, you'll be more inclined to use his service.
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March 7th, 2007 2:50pm
ah.
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March 7th, 2007 2:51pm
> how many employees did wordpress, flickr, reddit or digg have?

reddit: 3
flickr: 20-25
digg: 60+
wordpress: ???
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March 7th, 2007 3:27pm
<<would the same model for development succeed today?>>

yes.  in fact, almost all successful online models begin by offering free products.

their growth is tied to the non-interference from advertisers.  one you start overloading ads on your site, you do lose integrity. 

of course, if craigslist started today, i would think they'd come up with a more attractive UI.
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March 7th, 2007 3:45pm
yeah. I also think that they'd win today, assuming they were stepping into a similarly gaping gap, and did it as well.

what they are doing looks obvious now, but it always does after the fact.

filling a need effectively is always a winner.
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March 7th, 2007 4:04pm
I thought it was pretty frigging obvious in 98 or 99 or whenever I first bumped into CL. Thought there were a dozen imitations. Who knows why one succeeded and the others didn't. It could be some merit like simplicity, some virtue like Newman's staunch refusal to mushroom his site with ads, or perhaps a complete fluke.
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March 7th, 2007 6:37pm
sure.

Did you think it was obvious before you bumped into craigslist?
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March 8th, 2007 3:48am
Yes. I made classified ads site for a couple newspapers before then. It's been obvious for a couple generations that newspapers made a good chunk of their cash from classifieds.
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March 8th, 2007 9:19am
"there should be an online classifieds" is obvious.

"there should be an online classifieds which encourages a sense of community, and should be free for people to use.  it should be seen as more of a contribution to the web than a profit marketing scheme.  the interface should make it obvious that each city has it's own set of classifieds and it should also be obvious what sections are available.  the site should be very quick to load so graphics use will be minimal." is less so.
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March 8th, 2007 10:27am
thanks Kenny. Something along those lines was going through my head, but I jus' couldn't gettit togetha, y' know howtis ...

but anyhow. Yes. A bit more than just a classified site.
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March 8th, 2007 10:29am
A sense of community? CL?

Again, 'community' was a huge buzzword in the mid-nineties as  well. None of this is new.

It's possible Newmark succeeded because he was able to foster this sense of community you refer to, but he certainly wasn't the only one who intended to do so. Hence ... the magic of his success is not explained. (Again maybe he did all the right things a dozen other people did but just got lucky as well. Just because you won the lottery doesn't mean your numbers have globally significance of Lost-acular proportion.)
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March 8th, 2007 11:09am

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