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On Craigslist: I told you so [Sep. 4th, 2010|09:22 pm]
Arvind Narayanan
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For a couple of years now I've been criticizing Craigslist as an incompetent anti-innovative monopoly. Back when I wrote about it I got a lot of flak, but it looks like the majority of developers are finally coming around to this view.

From here:
Craig is apparently too hung up on his neo-hippy ideals of keeping Craigslist anti-corporate to realize that if he doesn't sink to the same dirty corporate warfare as the enemy, then they'll stab him in the back eventually.

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I don't really get how a privately held $100 million/yr corporation is "anti-corporate." At that point it's just folly and self-delusion

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I'm an unabashed Craiglist hater simply because he completely fucked up and missed the boat and failed us developers by not transforming the most popular and best single Internet site of high signal/noise anonymous contact into the best open mashup API of real-time, localized, semantic data.

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Craig, Jim and whoever pulls the the strings are lazy, unimaginative fucktards who deserve to be dethroned so we, the Internet, can have a new winner
More:
Not only has CL failed to innovate, it actively goes after and shuts down third parties who do interesting things with CL data.
All the upvotes that those comments got made my day.
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[User Picture]From: annamaryse
2010-09-05 09:33 am (UTC)
Congratulations for posting about CL TODAY, and not mentioning THE OBVIOUS.
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