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Hit Piece

November 20, 2014

We’ve learned ABC will soon air a misleading story, “Recall Roulette” that mischaracterizes our efforts to prevent free classified ads for recalled sale items by craigslist users, and falsely accuses us of not cooperating with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Ignoring email and phone calls from craigslist with our side of this “story”, ABC News chose instead to ambush our largely-retired founder, Craig Newmark, outside his home on November 11.

This is not responsible journalism. Here is an email from our Director of Government Relations, sent to Brian Ross at ABC on November 4, complete with a follow-up call to make sure he understood it:

Brian,

Your request for an interview with Craig Newmark was forwarded to me.

Craig has not been involved in management at craigslist for many years, and has no role in government relations. He has never spoken to the CPSC about craigslist policy to my knowledge, and I have been managing goverment relations for craigslist for several years.

On the other hand, I did have a conversation with CPSC folks this spring, including Ray Aragon, Marc Schoem, and Dennis Blasius.

You should know that craigslist (1) prohibits the sale of recalled items; (2) notifies its users that posting recalled items for sale is prohibited; (3) deploys automated systems to help prevent posting of recalled items (4) provides a system whereby users can flag recalled items for removal; and (5) removes recalled items that come to its attention.

Based on what I learned in conversation with CPSC personnel, craigslist has further minimized the posting of recalled items by craigslist users. A very positive result, and one that the CPSC seemed to appreciate.

We have not heard from the CPSC since the conclusion of these productive talks 6 months ago. As always, our door remains open.

This email, and our calls to ABC (not to mention craigslist’s progress on recall items in collaboration with CPSC) fell on deaf ears. If you’re doing a hit piece, you don’t want facts getting in the way.

Recall Roulette? More like Journalistic Ethics Roulette.

Atheist Yard Sale

May 11, 2013

As reported on Yahoo News:

help get godless liberals out of SC (Greer)

Yes, it is as the title says, come to our moving sale to help two godless liberals get the funds to move to California. What do we have? Books, naturally; some other random stuff that has value but we don’t want to haul across country in our small, fuel efficient car. You’ll be helping to make SC a little more red. Yard sale is FRIDAY MAY 10 starting at 8am and SATURDAY May 11. If it rains on Saturday, like the forecast says, we will also have the moving sale on Sunday, because atheists, remember? Preaching and proselytizing welcome, however it will cost you 10 cents a word to attempt to convert us. Mormons pay double. Mention Richard Dawkins and disavow the Holy Spirit will get you 10% off our already low prices.

MC State of the Union

February 20, 2013

Popular spots for missed connections by US state, via Gizmodo:

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Not quite following Indiana’s venue of choice: “At Home”

Costanza Fishing for an MC

February 14, 2013

As featured on Modern Seinfeld:

George rides the subway for hours trying to make eye contact with women so he can meet someone on Craigslist Missed Connections.

Pig-owning lesbian masseuse seeks roommate

January 30, 2013

As reported in Time Out Chicago, check out the pigs in these digs:

pigs

Franklin, the oldest, will bully you—they are herd animals and while I am ultimately alpha, he feels the need to climb the hierarchy. If you live here, logically you are in his herd, therefore he will challenge you every so often to establish who is where in the hierarchy. He can also be very sweet and cuddle with you on the couch while you watch your favorite show.

The original posting from chicago CL

Nothing Weird is Going to Happen

January 25, 2013

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Sign of the Times

January 8, 2013

A tangible memento of the 2012 Romney campaign, as offered on the Des Moines craigslist:

romney

“Free to the first person who has the equipment and manpower to remove it from a location in an Urbandale, Iowa office park”

NY Times crossword clue

August 24, 2012

1 across: Category on craigslist

Answer: garage sales

United States of CL

February 13, 2012

US map of CL cities and regions created using the Voronoi zone algorithm:

Legonaut, eh?

January 25, 2012

Enterprising Toronto teens launch Lego Man into near-space via weather balloon purchased from craigslist:


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