from PC Magazine, May 16, 2003
Site of the Week: craigslist
By Sean Carroll
Founded in 1995 by Craig Newmark, craigslist (www.craigslist.com) was conceived as a sort of grassroots channel for San Franciso residents to spread the word about interesting happenings in the community. It has since grown into a sprawling set of free listings for just about everything: childcare; ride shares; jobs and resumes; housing; items for sale, swap, or rent; personals (as with all personals, examine at your own risk); services, events and locally-oriented forums, among many others. And, if you don't live in San Francisco, don't despair, craigslists are now available for more than a score of major cities in the U.S., a few Canadian cities, and even London.
Craiglist's origins and crunchy mentality are reflected in its barebones (but very functional) blue-on-white layout; this is the ultimate no-frills listing site; no frills, that is, beyond the excellent content and lively user communities. Whether you live in or near one of the craigslist's cities, plan to move there, or might visit some day, there's sure to be something for you here. And, best of all, you can still do everything on craigslist, except post jobs, free.
We found 3,850 sites linking to craigslist, putting it roughly in the top half of the "Undiscovered" sites in this year's Top 225 Web Sites story. This number of links would put craiglist in the bottom third of this year's "Classic" sites.
NetCraft's "What's That Site Running?" page reveals that craigslist is running Apache on Linux servers, which puts it in line with about two-thirds of our Undiscovered sites.