At 54, Craig Newmark sits in the office of his small, newly renovated house in a quiet suburb of San Francisco and taps at the keyboard of his computer. The deck outside, washed in blinding summer sunlight, is hung with two different bird feeders and a special device filled with sugar solution to attract hummingbirds - Newmark's newest obsession. It also affords a view down into Cole Valley and up into the wooded hillside of Sutro Forest. On the wall beside the French windows hangs a portrait of Leonard Cohen and a calendar depicting scenes from The Simpsons. Today - as he does all day, every day, seven days a week - Newmark is obsessively checking his email, policing the traffic and transactions, the message boards and classified ads of Craigslist, the seventh most popular English-language website in the world. With 4bn page views per month, the site to which Newmark gave his name is now just ahead of the Disney network total number of employees: , and right behind the constellation of sites, including MySpace, run by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp total employees: 38, ; Craigslist's sites around the world are maintained by a staff, including Craig himself, of And yet they have never seriously entertained an offer nor, they say, will they do so in the future.
Craigslist suck it