June 07, 2006

24 Hours on Craigslist

I heard today that there's a documentary about craigslist, 24 Hours on Craigslist ... wow. I've been a regular on craigslist for ten years now. I've even had the chance to meet Craig himself, albeit brief. The website was a mainstay for me when I lived in San Francisco. I was on it daily for both personal and business reasons.

When my husband and I moved to Sacramento I was excited to see that Craig had just recently added our new city to his list. The majority of the users were bay area transplants. Just mention craigslist to anyone from Sacramento and they would return a blank stare. This was in 2002 - six years in to my relationship with the site.

It became my purpose to spread the word because I knew first hand of its power. Because I work in HR and had recently become active with the local HR association, I quickly spread the word to every recruiter that would listen. Anyone I met. Everyone I talked to. Four and a half years later and the site is well on its way. I'd like to think I had a little something to do with that although I'm confident that every bay area transplant in town spread the word as I did.

They say you can find a job, a house or a spouse on craigslist - that, and much more! Taking a trip down memory lane, the following are just a few of the things I've used the website for:

Found a job
Hired over 100 people
Found moving boxes
Gave away moving boxes
Sold a refrigerator
Gave away an old TV
Sold a stove
Joined a softball team
And a wine drinkers club
Bought a child carrier for my bike
Learned about a ton of excellent garage sales
Bought concert tickets
Sold concert tickets
Rented a cabin in Tahoe
Found a roommate
Found two apartments
Sold a car
Learned about volunteer opportunities
Joined a volleyball team
Found a place to train my puppy

Thank you, Craig, for your ingenious website community!

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