Archive for March, 2008

Green Machine

March 31, 2008

Serving 10 billion page views on a few hundred servers, craigslist leads the internet industry by orders of magnitude when it comes to efficient use of electricity. The last time I checked we were clocking something like 175,000 page views per kilowatt-hour.

Compare this to single digit thousands of pages-per-kwhr for most large sites, which typically run tens to hundreds of thousands of servers.

Have said it before, and will say it again: pound-for-pound our tech team is the best in the business.

Apparently I’m not the only one who thinks so, judging by the fruitless attempts other internet companies (who will remain nameless for now) have made to pluck them away.

Phone Verification in Erotic Services

March 29, 2008

In early March we implemented a phone verification system for our “erotic services” category, which taken together with other measures has reduced the volume of ads in this category by 80%, and more importantly has signficantly improved compliance with our terms of use and other posted guidelines.

For example, here is a graph of the daily volume of “erotic services” ads submitted to the Hartford, Connecticut site:

We’re hiring!

March 28, 2008

Idealistic techies with strong LAMP credentials are encouraged to apply:

Interesting projects, market rates, excellent benefits, and laid-back SF digs await you.

New Language Support Launched

March 25, 2008

In addition to spanish, support for french, german, italian, and portugese has been added, some example sites are linked below:

We plan to add additional languages before long, and requests for particular languages are welcome in our feedback forum

Monster getting desperate?

March 25, 2008

On several occasions over the last month, a large, tacky truck has parked in front of our SF office, and proceeded to blast loud music, to the point where our front offices were rendered unfit for working. On the latest occasion, a few of our techies asked the driver to turn down the music, which he was nice enough to do.

He actually turned out to be a sterling fellow, who clearly felt bad about what he’d been asked to do. He was good enough to allow us to photocopy his marching orders (that’s him holding the fax in photo), which are excerpted below:

“For San Francisco the concept is that we want to make sure this address is on the loop drivers take and if they can be close by during the morning commute, lunch time (noon thru 2) and 5pm-6pm, that would be ideal. For the rest of the time, please drive through high-pedestrian traffic city locations. If you can get a picture of the truck parked in front of the Craigslist address, that would be great.”

Is it possible that Monster is “green” with envy, now that our job boards alone receive more employment-related traffic than all of

The Not-So-Dulcet Tones of Best-of-Craigslist

March 10, 2008

We loves us some CBC, and here is a 1st installment of dramatic(?) readings of selected postings from Best of Craigslist: