Monday, March 31, 2008


craigslist | avoiding scams and fraud: "Recognizing scams

Most scams involve one or more of the following:

* inquiry from someone far away, often in another country
* Western Union, Money Gram, cashier's check, money order, shipping, escrow service, or a 'guarantee'
* inability or refusal to meet face-to-face before consumating transaction"

craigslist personal safety tips: "it's very important to take the same precautions online as you would offline.

When meeting someone for the first time, please remember to:

* Insist on a public meeting place like a cafe
* Tell a friend or family member where you're going
* Take your cell phone along if you have one
* Consider having a friend accompany you
* Trust your instincts

craigslist classifieds: jobs, housing, personals, for sale, services, community, events, forums

Craigslist - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "

Craigslist is a centralized network of online communities, featuring free classified advertisements (with jobs, internships, housing, personals, for sale/barter/wanted, services, community, gigs, resume, and pets categories) and forums on various topics."
The site serves over nine billion page views per month, putting it in 56th place overall among web sites world wide, ninth place overall among web sites in the United States (per on January 10, 2008), to over thirty million unique visitors. With over thirty million new classified advertisements each month, Craigslist is the leading classifieds service in any medium. The site receives over two million new job listings each month, making it one of the top job boards in the world.[2] The classified advertisements range from traditional buy/sell ads and community announcements, to personal ads and even erotic services.

The News Business: Out of Print: Reporting & Essays: The New Yorker: "Perhaps not, but trends in circulation and advertising––the rise of the Internet, which has made the daily newspaper look slow and unresponsive; the advent of Craigslist, which is wiping out classified advertising––have created a palpable sense of doom. Independent, publicly traded American newspapers have lost forty-two per cent of their market value in the past three years, according to the media entrepreneur Alan Mutter."

and my thanks for a heads up and the link to Alertbox: Jakob Nielsen's Newsletter on Web Usability


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