Classmates.com

Has anyone ever been contacted by someone through this online service?

Officially, as of last night, I have!

It’s a bit bizarre being contacted by someone you haven’t seen or heard from in 18 years. Bizarre, but nice. Quite honestly, she was the one person I have been waiting to show up there.

If you have never been to Classmates.com (you live in a cave), they have the free service for which everyone and their brother sign up. Then they have the gold service for which you can pay in order to be able to send email to the people you know. I had always said that if I saw her show up, I would pull out the credit card and send her an email.

When I looked last week, there was no one new. She must have signed up, paid for a gold membership and wrote me almost immediately. She beat me to it!

Her email was brief, but designed to open up a dialogue, which it most certainly did. I wrote her back and included a link to our family website, which tells at least a few years of my story. I’m sure the rest will be filled in eventually. I’m just thrilled she wrote.

This is actually the second reconnection that has been made over the last couple of months. The other is by a male friend of mine who got lost in himself for a few years, but is now on the right path.

Despite the fact that I haven’t seen either of these people in a while, I feel very close to them. Part of that is true because they are tangible. These are people I know in person and with whom I have had extremely personal relationships, full of heavy emotional stuff. Sure, there are lots of friends in a lifetime. But those ones who join you when you’re in the pits of hell are the ones who have volunteered to get some of that shit on themselves to stay with you during it all. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t seen them in 3 years, 6 years, or 18 years. They are still your friends.

Needless to say, I am feeling very blessed that these wonderful people are making second appearances. I would even go as far to say that this was fated. This really tips the scales toward real-life relationships after having a couple of problems in the virtual world. When I asked for guidance, I never expected to get such a quick response.

Baruch HaShem!

78 thoughts on “Classmates.com

  1. Good for you. I get generic Classmates.com email once in a while, and I think it’s mostly a scam. Of course, that’ll change if someone I actually care to get back in touch with signs up. 🙂

  2. Nice post, Linda. I’m on classmates.com and a couple years ago someone contacted me. We had been good friends during the last two years of high school and a for a while after that until she moved to Georgia. She sounded all excited to have found me, and I replied with a really long email and pics…and she never wrote again.

    Hmm. Maybe next time I won’t include that one pic of myself leading the pagan sacrifice ceremony…

  3. WOW! Great news for you. I have heard of “that place”…but thought it was a scam. Glad to know differently. Things do come back to you if you wait and hope. {still waiting here :-}

  4. I DO live in a cave. How’d you guess? Seriously though, that’s nice that you heard from your long lost classmate. Have a great weekend!

  5. Argh! Sucker that I am, I visited the site (I’ve had a freebie membership for years) to see if any of the three people I’d most like to contact are listed. The one name that pops out at me??? My high school sweetheart! I haven’t spoken to him since just before my wedding…would love to know he’s doing well, but feel like a stalker freak at the same time! LOL

  6. I signed up several years ago and as soon as I saw the names of several friends from those years long gone by, I paid the extra $20 for the one-time opportunity of getting in touch. I’m more than willing to pay $20 to get in touch with a close friend with whom I’ve lost contact. Color my experience “pleasant.”

  7. I found several people. One guy I knew who turns out to work for the same company as me, tho’ in a different state. My dad got in there and found his high school sweetheart (he grad’d in 1944), then wrote and found out she’d just died.

    Maybe UV can help me spin that into a positive experience …

  8. I am on the list, too. Haven’t paid the gold membership yet, but my brother has and he’s reconnected with a lot of people! It’s not a scam. I did connect with one person from high school which was kind of fun.

  9. I live in a cave, too. But it’s warm and dry (mostly) and the rent’s right. My high school class had 87 people in it. I’m already in touch with the ones I care about. I see the rest of them at alumni events or I call them to hit them up for money for the school.

  10. I am a member of the free section but have not been there in a very long time. I just might go check it out again. I have had a positive experience with it though. One guy I went to high school with saw I was a member and he got in touch with me and we have stayed in touch ever since.

  11. I’ve had 2 people contact me through classmates. I’ve contacted a couple. After an email or two, we quickly forgot one another again.

  12. Wow…what interesting experiences you have all had with this. I have spoken with my friend over the phone and plan to keep in touch with her from now on. She’s actually been in touch with some other people I was wondering about and I have been in touch with people she was wondering about. It’s nice. I’m glad I signed up there and have maintained my account.

    By the way, my husband has also heard from an old classmate through there as well. They still keep in touch and have grown closer through the experience. We even spent some time with him while in Arizona the last time.

  13. I think it is a scam. I finally went for the “GOLD” and wish I had not. It takes forever to “load” pages from their site. You have to go through “THEM” when you send the initial email. I have sent 31 emails, and only got ONE reply. It was from the only other “GOLD” membership holder in my school. Out of 351 people listed (Some of them twice) I’m not exactly impressed by this site. You would think that you would be able to directly contact people without having to be limited to 4,000 characters. The “auto renew” is something I don’t like either. They’ll be charging your card after you’re dead. There are NO REFUNDS under ANY circumstances. You get constant “pop up” advertising on the site. I don’t think this outfit is all that legit. So far, they are a HUGE dissapointment. I would not recommend them as they now operate. There are several sites where complaints are posted. I would consider most of them parallel to what I have experienced. Not at all “User Friendly.” I get the impression that they just want to grab your 39.00 and run. If 39 bucks is meaningless to you, then go for it. BUT, I don’t think yopu will have a “warm and fuzzy experience” with Classmates.com.

    Mike In Las Vegas

  14. Well most websites have pop-ups and there are many many pop-up blockers free to download these days. As for the loading of the pages, there are two main things in which cause that…your connection and how many people are trying to view at that particular moment. The ones who never emailed you back might’ve had a good reason…they may not have access to the internet right now, they might be really busy, they may be ill. (not trying to upset anyone either)

    I’ve been a free member for awhile and my mom as well. She’d love to contact a few of her old friends but has never had the extra money. This Christmas I was trying to think of the perfect gift to give her but couldn’t come up with anything until I thought of upgrading her account to GOLD for her. I’ve been hesitant to do so though. As some people believe they’re legit when others believe they’re a scam so I desperately need some positive insight since Christmas eve is tomorrow already.

  15. I have been a Gold Member with Classmates.com for a few years now (about 4 years), and they are in between a scam and a helpful service. On the good side, they do provide a service which helps “lost” people reconnect, although they have stringent rules and regulations as to how you can connect– if you are not a Gold Member you can’t send or read email that has been sent to you.
    THe bad side is that they have been known to SELL credit card information to scamming companies, like “Simple Escapes” who will begin to charge your credit card (look on http://www.ripoffreport.com).
    You CAN delete your credit card information which will turn your membership into “manual renewal” rather than “automatic renewal.”

    My bio was deemed “offensive” by someone and removed from public view. I had to send them an email, but it was online, not an email address. I’ve searched in vain for a phone number as well. Classmates. apparently has aweful customer service. And I am positive nothing on my bio was inappropriate, just someone being mean.

    Heather

  16. Oh, ok!
    Thanks, now I know I’d rather not risk upgrading my moms account. I’ll think of something else to get her for her birthday. I was originally going to upgrade her account for christmas but everything inside told me that it’d be a bad idea.

  17. Help, I need to find 1 person on Classmates.com.
    Have been working for over 6 years and found all but 1 member of our very small midwestern high school. The one grad IS listed on Classmates but I’m trying to find out if there’s a way I can contact him without paying monthly or yearly for something I won’t ever use again. Help, does someone have an idea or two????

  18. I want to know if someone out their has a hack to get into classmates to be able to send emails for free its time that someone hacks those scamers.

  19. I happen to maintain our own alumni website and our own alumni directory system. I have surpassed a full 90% “located” for the entire history of our two high schools, including all staff and all known deceased. I also happen to have direct access to the school records and KNOW the accurate class rosters. I have personally reviewed classmates.com, reunion.com, gradfinder.com, and many others. In nearly all cases, there are far less than 5% of our alumni even listed; most do not even include 1%. In all cases, 20% of the entries are fictitious – names of people who did not attend our schools. All lists include a substantial amount of outdated or duplicated entries. In most cases, I can find our alumni much faster through other sources. I have found these services are a genuine waste of time and money. They are also a genuine thorn in the side of legitimate alumni databases. Look for your own alma mater FIRST when you do a research. Many schools have their own class directories and the service is much better. Your own alumni directory also protects you from the spying of all these imposters that log on the commercial systems.

  20. I’ve been a member of Classmates for several years now and I’m always amazed when I see negative comments by those who don’t read the fine print or pay attention to where they enter their email address. Classmates tells you when you register that your account will renew (also, why is it people don’t read the Terms of Service adn privacy policies of websites???) unless you change your settings. Also, when I registered I was offered a trial membership by some other company, I simply said no and never heard or saw their ads again.

    Also, you don’t have to pay to read or reply to an email sent to you through Classmates. They don’t advertise it, but free members are allowed to reply, I think once, to emails they receive in their message centers.

    My high school also has an alumni site, only problem is that they publicly post your email address so spammers can go in and pull it off the list and add it to theirs.

  21. WOULD YOU PLEASE PLEASE TAKE ME OFF YOUR MAILING L;IST. MY GRANDDAUGHTER PUT YOUR SITE ON HERE. SHE IS GONE AND IM DEFINITELY NOT INTERESTED.

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  24. THE CLASSMATES.COM CONTACT PHONE NUMBER IS: 1-425-917-5000. tHE ONLY WAY TO REACH A REAL PERSON IS TO TYPE 0000 THREE TO FOUR TIMES AFTER REACHING THE PROMPT “TO CONTACT TO AN PERSON’S EXTENSION” OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT, GOOD LUCK!!! i OF COURSE HAD TO LEAVE A MESSAGE AND HAVE NOT HEARD BACJK YET. iT’S BEEN 30 MINUTES THOUGH

  25. They got me! Those nasty caniving crooks at classmates.com took me in for another $39.00. Of course that happened AFTER I found out what a load of crappy crap their site is. I was class preisdent in HS, so I paid their stupid fee to get Gold and then found out that I was only able to communicate through their useless cryptic system, and with their difficult to navigate site.

    I hope those retches burn in the fire-ey coals of Hell, and choke on the wads of money that they take from innocent folk. They are the Ken Lays of the e-world, but worse!

    The auto renew is something I looked for, but didn’t find when i signed up, and it’s naieve to think that people shuld have to search through so much fine print to find such a clause.

    MAKE NO MISTAKE! THESE ARE SLEAZY OPERATORS.

    GODDAMN!

  26. I got an email saying that my ex-husband sent me an email. I am suspicious, at best. Not sure wether it is worth it to upgrade to GOLD, and certainly won’t auto-renew. I just want to know wether this email is really from him (of course, I would like to know what he says), or if it is some scam. Has anyone had this experience? BTW, he never went to my school, but is now listed as a student there… Odd. Not sure where they would have gotten the info of who I was dating at the time. Those $2/hr offshore “researchers” must have some great resources!
    Any comments on if I should spend the dime for the 411?

  27. I also got contacted by an old classmate but am generally a suspicious type and wonder why he is asking for my bio.
    I’d really like to know what I can do with just a free membership.
    After reading all the horror stories about going ‘gold’ I really don’t want to sign up.
    I just don’t know why he didn’t just google my name, for some reason my name and email is number 1 when I complained about my laptop!

  28. Is what they are doing at classmates.com legal? Somehow? I feel like I have e-herpes; I just can’t shake them. If anyone knows how to get them off me I would really appreciate some help. I can’t believe how horrible they are. Minions. Bastards. Damn them!

  29. do NOT use classmates! A friend of mine, a non-paying member, was posting harmless comments….the paying members ganged up on her (they didn’t like her from a post she had posted several years ago), reported her to classmates.com who looked up her IP # of her computer, traced it to her computer at her office & her office fired her! She had worked there 15 years! classmates.com is EVIL

  30. I agree with Judy BIG TIME! If you have a need to sign up, do it only to look for fellow alumnus! STAY OFF THE MESSAGE BOARDS! I’m sorry I’m yelling but I know from experience that the MBs are a breeding ground for people looking for affairs as I have seen several “couples” break up their marriage or are having long distance cyber affairs. Also, these people who frequent in on a daily basis have no life and are two-faced hyprocrites and worse. A group from my high school’s board actually set up an account in my ex-boyfriend’s name and used it to harass me. A lawsuit is pending and I pray whoever did this is caught and sued to the gills! I repeat, stay only on the alumni lists, if anything. IT TRULY IS AN EVIL PLACE!

  31. More CLASSMATES.COM telephone numbers, addresses and info:
    425.917.4933 VP of public relations
    425.917.4927 PR manager
    (425) 873-1342 – Main telephone number
    Addresses:
    2001 Lind Ave SW # 500
    Renton, WA
    and
    1100 Oakesdale Ave SW
    Renton, WA

  32. thanks for postng classmates.com phone #’s and address. The woman who was fired for posting on a classmates messge board called Classmates.com and THEY NEVER GOT BACK TO HER! I know this woman. Classmates.com is full of EVIL DOERS:mad:

  33. Classmates.com provided the perfect place for my Mom to look for an old boyfriend and have an affair. Now she is divorcing my Dad. The internet is good and websites are good, but if you want trouble and want to screw up your life and everyone around you, the internet is the perfect place to go and Classmates.com is the perfect place to go when you’re having a midlife crisis. My life will never be the same, thanks to Classmates.com.

  34. Just for grins, I hoped onto classmates.com today. I’ve been looking for two old friends for a very long time and today I finally found one of them. Very exciting. Hopefully she’ll write to me. I can’t say that I feel the need to become a gold member, but the thrill of actually finding somebody is awesome.

  35. I just would like to know how much people paid for like a 3 month gold membership fee to classmates.com. Plz if anyone knows plz help.

  36. I purchased a 3 month gold membership so I could email and use enhanced services. Paid $15. I did exchange emails with several people I knew but wasn’t really close to in school, most people just have the free membership. I decided when the membership ran out I wouldn’t renew it. Apparently when “they set your account up for you,” they set it up for auto renewal. I found this out when I looked at my bank statement and found they had charged me without my authorization THE DAY the 1st 3 months were up. I then went into my account detail and found it had been set up as an auto renewal, they already had my debit card # so they billed me for another 3 mos. It can be changed to manual but I found this out after the fact. I changed the account to manual, emailed them and told them what I thought and plan on canceling my debit card just to be safe. Guess I learned a lesson.

  37. I can only say that I was not as lucky as you. They take 16$ off my credit card every month and I can’t even get acces to the site. I joined classmates.com a while back. I lost my password and have no way of gettin it back. I wrote to them to tell them to stop taking the money and never got a response back. If you want to get in touch with old school mates, go to facebook.com, I found almost all of my old classmates on there. I’m never using classmates ever again.

  38. Yes they S*T*I*N*K I would not ever give these clowns a penny. After navigating their crappy site, and looking through almost every profile in my high school classes group, I found that most people don’t “go for the gold” either. I also found that they run a nice auto-signup, never-give-your-money-back scam. DON”T give them any credit card info, you’ll never be able to cancel or get your money back, after finding out just how big a piece of crap their serivice is. They obviously care not a whit about providing a valuable service, they just want you to put your credit card number in. STAY AWAY run screaming.

  39. I am an openly gay member of society and graduated from Chippewa Valley High School in 1975 up in Clinton Township Michigan.

    I signed up for a Classmates.com account and have been subjected to harassment every since mentioning that I have a life partner.

    I don’t feel that Classmates is quite up to what it’s made out to be. There are a lot of weirdos, bigots, sex freaks and more that harass you and Classmates doesn’t seem to care and it’s almost impossible to reach a live person via phone or even get so much as an lowly autobot reply from an email query.

    Yours Truly,
    Barry Shirk 71-75
    Chippewa Vally High
    Clinton Twp MI

    1. Hi Barry,

      I too am gay. Funny that I don’t remember you much from high school but I graduated in 1975 as well. I think that you were in at least one of my classes. Maybe we can get together for a drink sometime and talk about old times.

      Cheers!
      Bob Andre
      Mt. Clemens Michigan

  40. I was shocked to find these people at classmates.com do not have a phone number or and e-mail address that accepts complaints. I woke up this morning to find an un-authorized $39.00 charge on my checking account. I have tried all day to get in touch with someone to have it removed, but there is no such thing. No contact information, all they do is send you to a questions and answers spot with genertic questions with genertic answers; no people contact. This most be the way they make their money.

  41. I hope this helps.

    Classmates Management Team

    Steven McArthur, President
    Steven B. McArthur serves as President of Classmates Online, Inc., the operator of the leading social network Classmates.com. Previously, Mr. McArthur held a number of executive officer positions at Expedia, Inc., including serving as President of Expedia Inc.’s North American Travel Group. Prior, Mr. McArthur served in several high-level roles at AOL including as Executive Vice President of Web Properties and President and Chief Executive Officer of AOL Canada. Mr. McArthur started his career as a strategy consultant with Bain & Company where he was one of the founders of Bain’s Toronto office. Mr. McArthur earned his M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and his Bachelor’s degree from Queen’s University, Belfast.

    Brian Pane, Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer
    Brian Pane is in charge of the software architecture, development processes and delivery for all Classmates Online software projects. Pane, an Internet industry veteran with more than 15 years of extensive software development experience, has focused on the development of high-traffic websites since 1996. He comes to the company from Walt Disney Internet Group, where he served as Director of Media Systems Engineering, responsible for content management and delivery systems for Disney’s web and wireless properties. Prior to Disney, Pane worked at CNET Networks for eight years, most recently serving as Vice President of Systems Integration and Architecture. While at CNET, he led initiatives to improve site scalability, integrate disparate software platforms and streamline deployment processes. Pane began his career at Bell Communications Research (Bellcore), where he developed software for network management systems.

    Michel Lindenberg, Senior Vice President, Europe
    Michel Lindenberg leads Classmates Online’s European presence, which includes Germany’s Stayfriends.de and Sweden’s Stayfriends.se. As founder of Stayfriends.de, his blend of technical and marketing skills led to the launch of several innovative features that were met with enthusiastic approval from customers and external analysts alike. Prior to Stayfriends.de, Lindenberg gained extensive experience in Internet platform and software development as co-founder of WWL Internet AG. There he managed high-end eBusiness development projects for European blue chip companies including Mercedes, Quelle, Entrium, Yves Rocher and Siemens. Lindenberg also co-founded B&L Impuls Software GmbH, a software company focusing on developing project management software.

    Shawn Davis, Vice President of Direct Marketing
    Shawn Davis oversees direct marketing for Classmates Online. He previously worked for Identrus where he was the director of product management responsible for its relationships with key accounts and partner relationships in United States, Asia and Latin America. When Davis was department head of risk management at Visa International, he led the global product and project management team responsible for identifying and deploying countermeasures for fraud exploitation against Visa member banks and processing organizations. As director of global risk analysis, he also led Visa International’s data analysis team responsible for identifying global trends within the payment system and member bank processes. Davis has also held senior positions with Scudder Weisel Capital and eFinance corporation.

    Abani Heller, Vice President of Analytics & Reporting
    Abani Heller brings more than a decade of leadership experience working with reporting, analysis, data warehousing and business intelligence to Classmates Online. He is responsible for key analytical analysis accounting for millions of additional member visits each month. Previously, he was with CNET Networks. As director of decision support applications, he led implementation, deployment, and administration of an Internet specific web/email enabled data warehouse. Heller was also a risk management and security program manager at Visa International responsible for full lifecycle implementation, deployment, and administration of a multi terabyte web enabled data warehouse.

    Bob O’Keefe, Vice President of Creative Services
    Bob O’Keefe leads the creative direction for Classmates Online, including Classmates.com and all associated new product launches, advertising, promotional campaigns and external communications. He previously worked at Corbis, as senior user interface designer, where he redesigned corbis.com and the company’s suite of consumer sites. Prior to Corbis, as director of creative services at Meals.com, he was in charge of the overall look and feel and user interface of Meals.com and its network of over 30 co-branded websites. O’Keefe’s extensive retail design experience includes serving as art director at The Bon Marche, design director at Nordstrom.com, publishing systems manager at Nordstrom Direct Sales, studio manager of Ann Taylor and designer at Lerner New York. Throughout his career O’Keefe has been a design consultant on projects for Zango.com, Microsoft and The Bon-Macy’s.

    Rita Spangler, Vice President of Marketing
    Rita Spangler is a seasoned marketing executive in charge of all online and offline marketing initiatives for Classmates Online. She has significant consumer and technology experience at top-tier brands such as Wizards of the Coast/Hasbro Toys & Games, Paragon Trade Brands and Weyerhauser. As senior director of marketing at Wizards of the Coast/Hasbro Toys & Games, she led the advertising, creative, public relations, market research, event marketing and customer service departments. She directed all marketing for key brands Magic TCG, Pokemon, Star Wars and MLB. At Paragon Trade Brands, a private label manufacturer of personal products, Spangler managed relationships with suppliers and served as director of market research. Prior to that, she was the senior marketing research manager, personal care products division at Weyerhauser and led the internal research fielding operations and broad scale marketing program for new and existing products.

    Brett Thompson, Vice President of Human Resources
    Brett Thompson brings extensive experience in the area of human resource management with a focus in administration, recruitment and training. At Classmates Online, Thompson designed and built the human resources department including recruiting, human resources administration, benefits administration and organizational design. Previously, Thompson worked for Cupertino-based Hall Kinion, a professional recruiting firm specializing in finding technology talent. Prior to that he was with Robert Half International, a leading recruiting firm.

    Brad Toney, Vice President, Corporate Counsel
    Brad Toney is responsible for managing the legal affairs of Classmates Online, Inc. and it’s subsidiaries, including Classmates International, Inc. and Classmates Media, Inc., as well as United Online, Inc.’s PhotoSite and Web Services units. He was a key player in the acquisition of Classmates Online by United Online. Toney previously worked as vice president of employee relations and general counsel for Pro Air, a commercial passenger airline, where he provided legal analysis and direction as the company’s sole in-house attorney and headed its employee relations department. Prior to Pro Air, Toney was an in-house attorney for MIDCOM Communications Inc., a publicly-traded corporation once recognized as the ninth largest long distance carrier in the United States, and subsequently worked as a consulting attorney for Winstar Communications, Inc. after its acquisition of MIDCOM.

    John Uppendahl, Vice President of Public Relations & Community Affairs
    John Uppendahl is responsible for worldwide public relations for Classmates Online. He brings more than 20 years of communications and marketing experience from the technology, music and entertainment industries including senior executive roles at Rival Networks (Rivals.com), GT Interactive Software and Humongous Entertainment. Previously, at Waggener Edstrom, he led the public relations launch of Starwave Corporation (including ESPN.com and Mr. Showbiz) and Microsoft’s Complete Baseball CD-ROM. As principal of Uppendahl Entertainment, he drove GRAMMY award-winning PR campaigns for Boyz II Men, Stevie Wonder and Motown Records. At Solters/Roskin/Friedman, Inc. he managed client campaigns including the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (The GRAMMY Awards), Star Search, Neil Diamond and Jay Leno.

    United Online

    Classmates.com

  42. WHEN I SUBSCRIBED WITH C-M, ONE DAY I WAS INVITED TO JOIN THE DISCUSSION BOARD EECTIONS AND LEADERS, WHAT A MISTAKE!
    NO SOONER HAD I POSTED MY PREFERANCE FOR PRESIDENT IN 08 I WAS SET UPON BY WHAT I CAN ONLY DESCRIBE AS THE RABID RIGHT!
    I BEGAN TO RESEARCH THE ARCHIVES AT THE BOARD THAT INCLUDES 500 PAGES AND 10,000 THREADS AND TO MY ASTONISHMENT I DISCOVERED PAGE AFTER PAGE OF HATE SPEECH!
    HJERES AN EXAMPLE:

    1 2 3 next » | last page »
    (1) Why can’t we just

    Lucius (Lou) Harwell (view profile)

    Started: 06/13/07 12:57pm PST

    shoot the illegal aliens as they illegally cross the boards into this country? Shouldn’t we just start shooting them and be done with it?

    Now, suppose one of these “illegals” is carrying a dirty bomb or antrax?

    Shouldn’t we just start shooting them and be done with it?

    I’m just asking a question to see why we should or shouldn’t just shoot them?

    WHY WOULD CLASSMATES NOT REMOVE REMARKS LIKE THESE WHEN ALERTED AND WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD ANY ONE THINK THEY COULD POST SUCH AS THESE WITH IMPUNITY?
    BECAUSE CLASSMATES CONDONES IT THATS WHY!

    THERE ARE LITERALLY THOUSAND OS THESE REMARKS.

    DO YOU WANT TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS SORT OF HATE SPEECH?

  43. I get messages from them once in a while, and actually heard from a long-lost friend through them. But Classmates.com raises a bigger question I’ve also seen explored in fascinating, even painful depth at http://www.iscollegefun.com. Namely, was high school the best time of your life, was college better, or are you living in the here and now of real life?

  44. Be warned that Classmates.com will take money from you without you wanting them to. If you sign up for their membership, they will enroll you for automatic deduction. You may think your signing up for a time limited trial, but you signing up gives them automatic access to take that amount out of your account without you actually having to agree with it. Look it up and you will find many complaints against them on numerous websites.

  45. Thanks for the warning! I am so sick and tired of “Rip Offs.” I was just about to join “Gold” but thanks to you guys sharing your experiences, I will not be joining and furthermore, I will pass the word on to others!!!!!!!!!!

  46. I haven’t been able to access the classmates site for 4 months now. My sister can’t get to the site, either. I tried the Gold membership for 3 months. I had sent them a check. I was able to load photos, write and reply to mails, and post notes on the bulletin boards. It was fun. After my gold ran out, I saw that tons of people had visited my profile, but I had no way to view these visitors. I am not going to renew. I think it is a rip-off. I had heard from a friend that he had paid by credit card, and that they auto-renewed him, too. He cancelled and logged off the site completely. You write mails to people, thinking they are mad at you because they never answer. The fact may be that they have a free account and never saw that you sent them a mail.

  47. I am very angry that Classmates give out your peronal information and they dont have a phone number. This website should be shut down!

  48. I got an email from classmates.com from a few years back which claimed I had 47k message from a long lost friend Paul (I knew a few Pauls) which I got excited to read, but it came to my classmates in box and I was not allowed to read it unless I paid!
    A month later they automatically deleted it! So people, when you send any mail through them, don’t be surprised if you don’t get a reply! Non-paying users aren’t allowed to read the mail you send them. It’s a Ginormas scam! They suck skin lollipop!

  49. Good luck you guys!!!
    JUST TRY TO CANCEL YOUR SUBSCRIPTION WITH “CLASSMATES.COM”
    Believe me it’s almost IMPOSSIBLE!!!
    I’m going to contact the BBB and Attorney General here
    to try and get them to make Classmates cancel my subscription.

  50. I’ve been a free member of CM since the site started.

    Just yesterday I received an email from CM saying someone had emailed me through their site. I click the link and was actually able to read the “email” in my account.

    It was from my high school sweetheart from 35 years ago. It couldn’t have been faked, just by what he said in the few lines he left. (And I never mentioned him in my HS profile). I was able to reply back to him (through CM “email”), even though I’m not a gold member.

    Now wondering if he’ll be able to read my message since I won’t pay, even to reconnect with the only person I would care to talk to from back then. This will be interesting.

  51. i had a very good exp. with this site, i reconnecteed with lots of ole friends, its cheap & easy to use. just remmenber to click manual renewal billing , or theyll auto renew u.

  52. the best way i found to shop on the web is to go buy walmart cedit card visa or master card i think their $10.00, load it with the amount u want to spend, use that amount & leave the card at or near zero, do this each time u want to shop, u can load the walmart card with your regular visa or master card for free, the walmart card has no credit line, so even if the # stolden it cant be used, & it cant be auto billed, or any type of that bs, if u every have problems cut it up $ go buy another $10.00 walmart card

  53. reply to D, if hes a gold member he can be contracted by free members, i think , i know gold members can contact any one on the site , anyways u can leave a note on his profile page and ask if he got your email. kd

  54. I found a way to talk to others on classmates without paying the membership… Just open up a photo editing software like paintshop or adobe, then create a new image with any color of background………Then insert TEXT with your add text button, I put my email and my myspace address and phone number on mine, THEN save as an IMAGE FILE, JPG. etc. WALLA!!!!!!!!

    Post on your classmates board or class bulletin board and everyone can see how to personally and manually contact you….
    Classmates does not catch this because they allow image files to be uploaded,,, you can even upload this pic in your profile pics place too..

    Hope this helps,, sure beats paying the outrageous fee…

    Katrina

  55. Wow thanks folks…
    ok so someone signed your guest book but CM wants you to upgrade to GOLD (Will damage your credit). quick fix if the person who signed your profile in CM has a pick then place the mouse courser over the pic press the F5 key on the keyboard as soon as you see the pic click on it with your left mouse button and drag& drop it on your desktop then open it in windows picture & fax view.

    and you should be able to tell who the person is if the image is not clear that means you weren’t fast enough.

    and if the person who signed you profile doesn’t have a pic then your SOL. on that one. Good LUCK fellow same mind set folks .

  56. Katrina, I’ve been posting my email address to the bottom of my profile picture for several years now–I’ve never been caught or challenged by the Classmates powers-that-be. Still, I routinely get notices about people “signing my guestbook”; notices that I am dubious of.

    That is a neat trick, Hack2. I hadn’t really noticed that the thumbnails come up momentarilly “unblurred”.

  57. Classmates.com automatically signs your guest book when anybody visits even if they are looking for someone with that same name and not necessarily you. This is a scam. They are misleading people to sign up. Now what I did was overlay my email address on the free photo they allow you to upload so people can read my email address from my photo & respond free using their own email program. I have not been contacted by anyone even though my guest book has been signed 329 time.

  58. THEY ALLOW YOU TO UPLOAD A FREE PHOTO. USE A PHOTO EDITOR PROGRAM & OVERLAY YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS ON TOP OF PHOTO SO PEOPLE CAN REPLY FOR FREE USING THEIR OWN EMAIL PROGRAM.

    CHEERS DAVE
    PARIS, ONTARIO, CANADA

  59. I too have been scammed from this site and just realized I been getting charged $19.95 a month from Privacymatters123 on the credit card I used on classmates. I called them and they refunded a full credit, but not before I threatened to expose this.

    Has anyone else caught this? If so, What did you do?

    I am searching for the number to contact classmates but to no avail.

    The # is a hotel and I spoke personally to the Comfort Inn in washington who is recieving these calls. Their proposing their own investigation and we talked about the FBI getting involved.
    I am going to pursue this.

    If anything I will expose this on the web through a web master and it should come up on any and all Google searches at the top. Any help or reccomendations? This is horrible and enterprises are making a lot of money of those of us ignorant enough to trust such a site.

  60. I signed up for clasmates & to see some things It was good but after my 3 month membership was up ,i guess i didn’t read the fine print, they charged me $15. the 6th of feb. I didnt think i agreed to this . They automaticlly took it out of my checking account. Beware of hidden fee’s that they take out after a 3 month membership!!!

  61. Looks like gradfinder dot com, The good free reunion web site, went out of business this week
    They sent no notice Wasn’t able to retrive the photos I had posted.
    Their have been several that have come & gone
    I will miss gradfinder.
    The rest can go to hell.

  62. I joined Classmates.com and only got in touch with two old aquaintances that were WAY out of my radar. I’m sure I cancelled my subscription sometime in the fall but was just told by my husband that we had a charg on our credit card in February… I’m glad all these phone numbers and addresses are listed–I’m dreading the hours of work it will take to get out of this arrangement! Facebook is so much easier!

  63. NEW CLASSMATES.COM Phone number contact is: 206-301-5700. This number is to their Member Help Center Hours M-F 6:30-4:30 PST

  64. I agree it should be free they dont provide anything. MySpace you can load music, video personalized background and it is free. It doesn’t add up. The other way I found out to direct people to my e-mail is by encrypting it in a story or subject post. Remove @ and .com. Play around with it until it works and give those thay want to contact you give them a hint to fill the blanks. I am going to try the photo text that is a good idea.
    I hate MySpace and FaceBook too because it seems vain I just want to say HI to people I normally can’t. Think of all the other people that don’t want to be vain either all we have is CM’s Thanks Peace Out

  65. I have not been able to connect for several months. All I get is that big blue screen. I sent them a letter to please unsubscribe my name so I would be able to re-enroll. When I troied to reset my password that didn’t work. Sending them idiots an email, they don’t respond to it. Now after some time I tried to re-enroll I got the reply that another person has my address and same name.
    Nuts.

  66. HOW THE HECK DO THEY GET THE ‘PRIVACY MATTERS’ HOOKED ON TO YOUR CARD AND TAKE OUT MULTIPLE–FOR US TWO A MONTH–DEBITS TO PROTECT OUR IDENTITY…..ITS THEM WE NEED THE PROTECTION FROMMMMMMMMMMMMMM. RIP OFF ARTISTS. WE GOT OUR MONEY BACK. THERE IS NO PHONE FOR CLASSMATES.COM AS FAR AS I SEE TO TELL THEM THEY ARE RIP OFFS.
    MY HUSBAND HAD JOINED, BUT MY HIGH SCHOOL HAS A FREE SITE WHERE YOU CAN CONTACT FRIENDS.
    REDICULOUS
    NO WONDER THEY ARE BEING SUED.
    GET THEM OFF THE INTERNET

  67. i fell for it also . had to cancel my c.c. as for the list of super-duper philanthropists above i dont see any ph#s or e mail addresses. just a hand job, smoke and mirrors from a good ole boys club i truly would like to find a legit e-mail adress but cannot. more the fool i .
    every one scammed by these internet pirates should contact theb.b.b. and other consumer watchdogs
    1) dont EVER give your banking info to ANYBODY UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES
    2)investigate the company thouroughly if you plan on doing any bussinness with them
    maybe its time we go on the offensive here. HACKERS UNITE! make these guys play by humanities rules instead of lawyer-speak

    peace out—– but none for liars and thieves
    and if c.m. wishes to seek me out , please do. lets dance

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