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Craigslist best practices

A conversation with Craig Newmark

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, in a conversation that ranged from political views to where he met his girlfriend (not on Craigslist), took the stage at the Real Estate Connect conference Tuesday.Newmark, during the discussion with Inman News founder and Publisher Brad Inman, also passed on some best practices for real estate professionals' use of his giant classified listings site. Craigslist is now in more than 700 cities worldwide. More than 50 million people visit the site per month and they view more than 20 billion pages per month, Newmark said. Users have posted more than 1.5 billion ads on the site since its founding in 1995. Posting on the site is free in most cases; the site makes most of its money from job postings, Newmark said. The site depends on self-policing to catch inappropriate content. As the customer service representative for Craigslist, Newmark handles consumer complaints.The real estate sphere "does seem to get policed fairly well. In New...