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Craigslist founder brings Web back to basics

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Craig Newmark is the soft-spoken man behind the nationwide network of online community sites known as craigslist, which feature back-to-basics bulletin-style classifieds, as well as community discussion boards. The sites have made a mark on real estate, with more brokers and agents using them as another place on the Web to expose their listings, and more consumers turning to the Internet for real estate information. On craigslist, visitors can look for a job, an apartment, a house, sofa, Saturday night date, art class, Portuguese lessons, a bass player for a garage band or reconnect with the person they flirted with on the subway a few nights ago. Newmark founded the first craigslist site in San Francisco in 1995, and now serves as chief customer service representative for the online community, which has expanded to include 190 craigslist sites in 50 states and 35 countries. Craigslist boasts more than 10 million users per month, and receives more than 3 billion page views per month....