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Craigslist by the Numbers: 10 You Need to Know

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Craigslist started as a tech mailing list in 1995, which quickly morphed into a place where tech recruiters posted job listings. Christina Murphy was a frequent job poster/head hunter on Craigslist.

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Murphy teemed up with Nancy Melone, an Internet consultant, and together they roped Newmark into starting a nonprofit called List Foundation in 1998. In fact, Craiglist.org was originally available at ListFoundation.org.

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Melone had big plans, as the dot.com bubble bubbled and bubbled and bubbled. Newmark, on the other hand, who has never been interested in the trappings of capitalism, begged off, and the two split. If you logged into ListFoundation.org, you were suddenly now redirected to a for-profit called MetroVox.

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Ever hear of MetroVox? Didn't think so. They went the way of most dot.coms around 2001, and Craigslist? Well, the rest is just Listory isn't it.

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Craigslist is the 25th most popular Web site in the world, according to Alexa.com.

$10 Billion

the amount of revenue lost in newspaper classified ads over the last decade, due in part to Craigslist.

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the amount of employees at Craigslist (by comparison, Amazon, ranked 29 on Alexa, has more than 20,000 employees.

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the amount of e-mail messages Newmark received in 2008. He's an avid e-mail responder, and replies to many of those. For example, I've written him twice, and he's written me back both times.

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the difference between Newmark, who is 5'7" and Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster, who is 6'7". Cool Buckmaster factoid: He was hired by Newmark after posting his resume on Craigslist in 1999.

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number of meetings at Craigslist each day. With no business development, no HR, and no sales, who needs meetings?

[Numbers inspired, in part, by a recent WIRED cover story on Craigslist.]

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The Design Tricks That Make Smartphones Addictive—And How to Fight Them
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Two and a half billion people worldwide—and 77 percent of Americans—have smartphones, which means you probably have plenty of company in your inability to go five minutes without checking your device. But as a new video from Vox points out, it's not that we all lack self-control: Your phone is designed down to the tiniest details to keep you as engaged as possible. Vox spoke to Tristan Harris, a former Google design ethicist, who explains how your push notifications, the "pull to refresh" feature of certain apps (inspired by slot machines), and the warm, bright colors on your phone are all meant to hook you. Fortunately, he also notes there's things you can do to lessen the hold, from the common sense (limit your notifications) to the drastic (go grayscale). Watch the whole thing to learn all the dirty details—and then see how long you can spend without looking at your phone.

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New Lobster Emoji Gets Updated After Mainers Noticed It Was Missing a Set of Legs
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When the Unicode Consortium released the designs of the latest batch of emojis in early February, the new lobster emoji was an instant hit. But as some astute observers have pointed out, Unicode forgot something crucial from the initial draft: a fourth set of legs.

As Mashable reports, Unicode has agreed to revise its new lobster emoji to make it anatomically accurate. The first version of the emoji, which Maine senator Angus King had petitioned for in September 2017, shows what looks like a realistic take on a lobster, complete with claws, antennae, and a tail. But behind the claws were only three sets of walking legs, or "pereiopods." In reality, lobsters have four sets of pereiopods in addition to their claws.

"Sen. Angus King from Maine has certainly been vocal about his love of the lobster emoji, but was kind enough to spare us the indignity of pointing out that we left off two legs," Jeremy Burge, chief emoji officer at Emojipedia and vice-chair of the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee, wrote in a blog post. Other Mainers weren't afraid to speak up. After receiving numerous complaints about the oversight, Unicode agreed to tack two more legs onto the lobster emoji in time for its release later this year.

The skateboard emoji (which featured an outdated design) and the DNA emoji (which twisted the wrong way) have also received redesigns following complaints.

[h/t Mashable]

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