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Craig Newmark

Craig Newmark

Posted: May 11, 2010 10:13 AM

Some thinking about effecting real change via social media

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Just some off the cuff comments from, part of Congressional Quarterly/Roll Call.

The theme focuses on what's real:

Craig Newmark is out to save the world using the Internet. The Craigslist founder believes social networks can help people work together and create change, whether it is tea parties organizing rallies or the Obama campaign recruiting voters.

And while he might not be the right guy for the job - "I'm not smart enough and I'm surely too lazy," he told - he plans to "talk everyone else into saving the world." Online tools like Facebook and Twitter are the key arsenal in his strategy.

The self-professed nerd doesn't consider himself an activist, but he does feel a responsibility to the millions of Craigslist users for whom he provides customer service.

"Customer service, if you do it in good conscience, is public service," he said, adding, "Once you make enough money... it's more fun to change things."


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