Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Extra Credit Essay
Tomorrow we will begin our portfolio essays. make sure you have your syllabus tomorrow also. Look at your goals for this semester. I will return some early writing to you I have kept for this moment. Remember the letter I wrote students which we read that first week. Don't forget the presentations about American and Hip Hop culture.
Bring two essays to class that reflect your growth and development as a writer this term to reflect on in Essay 2. I am working on the portfolio check-list. Oh, tomorrow we will also hear student essays. Everyone is invited to bring theirs to share. I have video tapes of student presentations. I'll show you a few.
Dinner at Delancey Street
Since there are only 9 people going to dinner tomorrow evening to Delancey Street, all the entrees are available for the $20 cost. This means you can order: the chicken entree, the gumbo, or the Blackened Meatloaf with garlic mashed potatoes and glazed carrots, Pasta Primavera with fresh tomatoes, garlic, basil and asparagus, pr Latin Scallop Ceviche.
Elesha Foster 11/16/07
English 201B 8-9a
Craig Newmark founder of CRAIGSLIST.ORG
Craigslist.org was founded in 1995 by Craig Newmark, a java programmer
and San Francisco native. At the time, Craig was working as a computer-security
architect for Charles Schwab, and he soon took on the role of internet evangelist. Craig's
inspiration for the site was born because he felt the need to create an online community as
a means for locals to connect and share information. "I'd give talks about the Internet,
saying that this is how we should do business someday," Craig says (Mieszkowski,
2000). In its early stages, it was a site in which notices of social events were posted
for Bay Area residents, and from that, the site cultivated as the community took charge in
finding ways to broaden its audience and expand the services available. Initially, the site
had an uncertain future, but would soon prove to be the largest online community in
Craigslist.org is based in the Inner-Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco, and is
ran by the community rather than a moderator. This means all of its content is community
owned and operated. There are twenty-five company employees to date who assists in
the management of the site, including Craig who holds the title of customer service
representative. In late 2000 Craig handed over the reigns of the
business to Jim Buckmaster, current CEO, claiming that he himself was not a great
manager, rather he'd take on the customer service responsibilities which he held an
interest in, and absolutely enjoys (Goff, 2005). This position would also ensure that the
site hold true to its initial meaning. The business model is straightforward: the site charge
companies $45 to list job postings, all other postings are free, and the community does
the rest (Mieszkowski, 2000). Craig remains unmoved by the opportunity of gaining
wealth from the site, because that was never his intended purpose. In an interview with
Information Week (2006), he validated this claim by stating "If you're living comfortably,
what's the point of having more?"
I have been an avid user of the site since the year 2000. At the time I was
referred to the site, I was working for the City of Oakland Police department and a co-
worker seeking a roommate suggested that I check it out. From that point on, I was
hooked, and have since carried the title of the "Craigslist Queen". I have purchased and
sold virtually hundreds, (if not thousands) of items, found rentals, offered and sought
childcare, met friends and activity partners, landed paid gigs, and used the site as a means
to advertise both my cleaning and hair braiding businesses which have both had
tremendous success. These are just a few of the ways I have utilized the site.
Craigslist.org has been a useful tool and a life saver in times of need. During a
trying time in my life some years ago, and without the support of friends or family, the
Craigslist community was my only resort. Ranging from posting free ads to gain potential
cleaning clients, to selling literally all of my belongings, and having several community
members provide much needed resources which aided in my ability to overcome these
obstacles. Craigslist.org has become such a great asset to much of the community that
upon learning of EBay's purchase of 25% of the site, the community was at a stand-still.
Under the assumption that the site would now be flooded with commercial ads and fees
for all postings, we were left with the uncertainty of what the future may hold for
Craigslist. Fortunately, Craig personally made it clear to the community that he had no
vested interest in selling the site or commercializing it. Other than several upgrades, there
have been no significant changes to the site.
Craig's hard work and dedication has received great recognition. Some of his
accomplishments include the Social Entrepreneur of the year award for 2007 given by the
Computers for Youth Organization, Webby 2001 Best Community Site by the
Academy NYPRESS, 2003 Best Local Website by Manhattan Reader's Poll, 26 Most
Fascinating Entrepreneurs by Inc.com, and 24 Hours on Craigslist was an award winning
documentary created by a few individuals of the community. Craig has also been featured
in many magazines, journals, and newspaper articles, and is now working toward helping
other rising non-profit leaders with his "Craigslist Foundation".
Craigslist.org has not only received great praise, but on the flip side it has
also struggled with a bit of condemnation in recent years. Ranging from a law suit for a
discriminatory ad being placed, to an individual who was lured and murdered by
someone who posted a want ad (FOXNews). Critics are questioning how trustworthy the
site really is. In addition to the recent negative publicity, offline media owners are now
claiming that the site which is estimated to be worth ten million dollars is eating into their
potential millions of dollars in profits with it's free classified ads.
Craigslist.org has provided many individuals (mainly low-income) with the
tools and services that would otherwise not have been available. Cragslist.org offers a
community where economics and class does not play a factor in the communication of
information for a change.
In that sense, community is about connecting people who need a break with people who might be able to give them one. It's all about people helping one another. This idea is not new. For a long time, people in technology have been helping others online. You ask a question, you get an answer. It's a pretty good deal. (Mieszkowski, 2000)
The site caters to everyone from a wide array of social and economic classes, and the
community as a shares the same vision as it pertains to its intention. With categories
ranging from housing, personal, childcare, and for sale ads to name a few, the
possibilities are endless. Craigslist.org caters to over 450 cities, in all fifty states, and
over fifty countries worldwide. Additionally, the site receives over eight billion hits
monthly, and has over thirty million users (Craigslist.org).
With its massive expansion over the past 12 years, Craigslist.org has proven to be
a site that holds true to its initial purpose. And although it is not commercially driven, it
has still maintained the position of being one of the top 10 websites in the World.
Craigslist.org further provides proof of how an organization does not require economics
nor commercialism to establish credibility to prove its success.