Taken from the Astronotes page on Space.com (www.space.com/astronotes/astronotes.html)
Finally! Deep Space Personal Ads Become a Reality
Seems like every Silicon Valley technocrat worth his or her salt can’t wait to get off-world. It was announced earlier this week that groovy Internet community craigslist has plans to offer its users the opportunity to have their postings – personals, want ads, etc., — transmitted trillions of miles beyond the confines of the Solar System.
“It looks like we may hit 2 billion page views per month in March here on Earth,” craigslist customer service rep and founder, Craig Newmark said in a press release touting the concept. “We wanted to be the first to offer free job postings, apartment listings, personals and other classifieds to the extraterrestrial community. We believe there could be an infinite market opportunity.”
The craigslist currently handles 5 million earthly postings each month, from 8 million humans, in 99 cities and 19 countries on the planetary surface.
The company announced the plan after CEO Jim Buckmaster won an auction on eBay for the first private communication to be transmitted into deep space by Deep Space Communications Network, of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Noting that such transmissions have long been the exclusive domain of military and research institutions, Buckmaster said “We’re thrilled to offer our users this historic opportunity”, and added that negotiations were ongoing with DSCN for transmission capacity orders of magnitude beyond those offered in the original auction, to accommodate the interstellar messaging needs of the mammoth online community.”