As Craigslist turns 22 this year, many believe its time as a leader in the online classified ad business is coming to a close, specifically pointing to Craigslist’s unwillingness to expand into mobile. New entrants are attempting to seize on its absence, creating mobile classified ad marketplaces.
In the more than two decades since Craigslist’s inception the company has grown significantly: it now totals 55 million users per month; its revenue surpassed more than $690 million last year; and, by Forbes’ estimates, the company is worth $3 billion (at least).
Craigslist’s platform, however, remains relatively unchanged. When Craigslist was released in 1995 its website contained a list of blue hyperlinks similar to what you see when you log on to the site today.
More surprising than its long-standing bare-bones aesthetic: Craigslist remains a platform exclusively for desktop.
This is particularly surprising considering mobile and e-commerce trends.