In December 2006, at the UBS Global Media Conference in New York, Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster told Wall Street analysts that Craigslist had little interest in maximizing profit, and instead preferred to help users find cars, apartments, jobs and dates.Craigslist's main source of revenue is paid job ads in select American cities.The Community category on craigslist functions like a community center's bulletin board.
It became a web-based service in 1996 and expanded into other classified categories. Having observed people helping one another in friendly, social, and trusting communal ways on the Internet via the WELL, Mind Vox and Usenet, and feeling isolated as a relative newcomer to San Francisco, Craigslist founder Craig Newmark decided to create something similar for local events.
For example, the "for sale" category features subcategories like computer, books, electronics, sporting, motorcycles and collectibles, among others. Craigslist offers a function that masks e-mail so that members don't have to worry about their address being openly available.