Web 2.0: Craig et al

Web 2.0: Craig et al

: Craig Newmark of Craig’s List comes out with his CEO, Jim Buckmaster. “I’m going to be spokesmodel to exploit my George Costanza-like glamour.”

Buckmaster says it’s a site where people “ask Craig to help them with their everyday lives.” He also said it’s “the ultimate newcomers’ guide.”

Craig stands next to Buckmaster… on a milk carton.

They’ve hired their first PR person.

He introduces Craig: “The topic of our talk tonight is something about nerd values and speaking of nerds….”

A simple screen (html, no powerpoint) says:

lessons learned

: nerd values, the golden rule, a culture of trust

: a public commons, community of self-moderation, extreme user-centrism

: the ironies of unbranding, demonetizing & uncompeting

: social capital – the importance of user success sories

: appropriate technology and other lesons from open source

: a litmus test of light-weight business models

: stepping off the treadmill of internet time

Buckmaster: “users run the site for us.”

They are charming, easygoing, droning, nerdy, unassuming guys. And they are doublehandedly revolutionizing an industry — namely, the local advertising industry, aka newspapering.

  • Slip Pickeral

    My cat thinks that Craigslist rocks.

  • ZF

    “charming, easygoing, droning, nerdy, unassuming guys…”
    How right. This is the second time I have seen Newmark speak, and he was exactly the same as he was before. I frankly used to think it was an act, but now I don’t think so.
    Their presentation was like something straight out of the Onion or Mad magazine. It even managed to be slightly more disorganized than Kim Polese’s.
    The reason it was engaging rather than an embarassing, crashing bore was that they weren’t trying to sell us anything, not even themselves. They just meandered around apparently saying not very much, smiled sweetly and left. It was like watching the Beatles being interviewed in ‘A Hard Day’s Night’.
    Like the Beatles in another way, these guys are showing us in the marketplace that they are a very serious phenomenon indeed. People interested in the future of the web need to think pretty hard about what their success should be teaching us.