Friday, September 02, 2005

Kudos to Craigslist

Kudos to Craigslist

Craigslist, the very simple-looking, but very useful network of community bulletin board web sites, is performing a crucial role in the Hurricane Katrina relief effort.

Nearly 2,000 postings have been made TODAY, and even more earlier, on the New Orleans Lost/Found page by people searching for their loved ones; and about 1,500 postings in offer of temporary housing -- again just today -- from as far away as Seattle and Ecuador. Indeed, the entire New Orleans Craigslist is now permeated heavily by these types of postings.

Craigslist proves that you don't need fancy, high-bandwidth graphics and video on your web site to make a difference. If just one person finds their loved ones or a place to stay as a result, Craigslist deserves a medal.

I know it's a cliche, but sometimes technology works wonders.

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Anonymous said...

And jeers to those opportunists now using keywords like "New Orleans" or "Katrina" to spam. Nothing like tragedy to bring out the worst in even the digitally malicious.