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SAN FRANCISCO -- The craigslist online community in a slight twist from past years received a special Inman Innovator Award for "Innovator of the Year" during Inman News' Real Estate Connect conference in San Francisco this week. The Innovator Awards honor forward-thinking technologies, Web services, business models and innovators in online real estate, brokerage and media companies. Craigslist was launched by Craig Newmark in San Francisco in 1995. The local classifieds and forums site began in San Francisco and has expanded to 450 cities worldwide. Along with its successful geographic expansion, the craigslist community has grown exponentially, becoming influential in the real estate vertical in many metropolitan cities. In New York, for example, craigslist has helped a lot of buyers a...