I love Craigslist. It rocks. I gave away an old George Foreman grill to a good home last week. I even gave away what must be the most hideous crystal picture frame you can possibly imagine (well, you probably can’t even imagine it). I buy stuff, I sell stuff. It’s much easier than ebay.
And Kevin Burton is accusing them of being evil because they don’t want to sell ads?
C’mon, you’re kidding right? Evil?
I remember thinking that it was crazy that making money was considered evil, and I thought that was still the prevailing opinion of the blogosphere. Google doesn’t want to be evil, whatever that means, and everytime they try to make money in a different way, people jump up and down about them going back on their promise to not be evil.
That was whack already. Now Craigslist is evil for not accepting money?
Look, Google isn’t evil. Craigslist isn’t evil. Even Microsoft isn’t evil. They do what they do within the realms of mostly reasonable business ethics. I happen to agree with most of Kevin’s points that Craigslist is wasting a great opportunity to do real good in the world. So maybe they’re shortsighted, but far from evil.
Really, we all need to get over it.
If CL is evil, it’s because they evolve their product *too* slowly*. And claim users don’t want it to evolve.
But inefficiency and evil are the same thing. And users don’t know what they what (or what is possible).