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January 7, 2009 / Toby Dayton

Why Does Craigslist Use A .Org Domain?

Thanks to a comment I just received on my post from earlier today, I realize that my criticism of the site’s claims about its traffic were erroneous. The chart below shows the comparison of the Big 3 against Craigslist.org rather than Craigslist.com.

Is Craigslist really a non-profit 501(c)3? Why do they have a .org domain? I knew they were an unusual company with an atypical corporate mission, but I had assumed, especially given ebay’s investment a while back, that they were, in fact, a private corporation and not a non-profit. Maybe it’s easier than I thought for a private company to get a .org domain.

In any event, Craigslist should still have a better, more current chart on their site. Maybe they’ll update it when they get to redesigning their atrocious site.

5 Comments

  1. Tim / Jan 7 2009 5:48 pm

    I Googled the question that is the title of your post, and found a “sort-of” answer on the craigslist FAQ:

    Q: Why does craigslist still use a “.org” domain?
    A: It symbolizes the relatively noncommercial nature of craigslist, as well as our service mission and non-corporate culture.

    Found here: http://www.craigslist.org/about/factsheet

    So it's a symbol?

  2. Tim / Jan 7 2009 11:48 pm

    I Googled the question that is the title of your post, and found a “sort-of” answer on the craigslist FAQ:

    Q: Why does craigslist still use a “.org” domain?
    A: It symbolizes the relatively noncommercial nature of craigslist, as well as our service mission and non-corporate culture.

    Found here: http://www.craigslist.org/about/factsheet

    So it’s a symbol?

  3. Jessica / Jan 29 2009 11:58 am

    Humm, this is true. I never realized it actually. It's good to see a .org outperforming a .com :)

    Thanks for posting!
    - Jessica
    Akken Great post,

    Unfortunately I have seen a lot of start-ups go under, since everything else them is sinking. However, I feel smart companies that act fast can take advantage of opportunities due to the economic climate.

    One thing I saw on TV the other day was how new businesses are actually starting due to the economy – people who are laid off are becoming entrepreneurs and taking a new route in their professions. This is great! I really think the current “situation” will spawn a new generation of companies over the next several years.

    Cheers!
    Jessica
    Akken Staffing software and Recruiting software

  4. Jessica / Jan 29 2009 5:58 pm

    Humm, this is true. I never realized it actually. It’s good to see a .org outperforming a .com :)

    Thanks for posting!
    – Jessica
    Akken Great post,

    Unfortunately I have seen a lot of start-ups go under, since everything else them is sinking. However, I feel smart companies that act fast can take advantage of opportunities due to the economic climate.

    One thing I saw on TV the other day was how new businesses are actually starting due to the economy – people who are laid off are becoming entrepreneurs and taking a new route in their professions. This is great! I really think the current “situation” will spawn a new generation of companies over the next several years.

    Cheers!
    Jessica
    Akken Staffing software and Recruiting software

  5. Jessica / Jan 29 2009 5:58 pm

    Humm, this is true. I never realized it actually. It's good to see a .org outperforming a .com :)

    Thanks for posting!
    - Jessica
    Akken Great post,

    Unfortunately I have seen a lot of start-ups go under, since everything else them is sinking. However, I feel smart companies that act fast can take advantage of opportunities due to the economic climate.

    One thing I saw on TV the other day was how new businesses are actually starting due to the economy – people who are laid off are becoming entrepreneurs and taking a new route in their professions. This is great! I really think the current “situation” will spawn a new generation of companies over the next several years.

    Cheers!
    Jessica
    Akken Staffing software and Recruiting software

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