Monday, March 7, 2016

Classmates.com sucks

There was a time when Classmates.com was a useful site. I think it was sometime in the late 1990's. Back before the corruption of Myspace and the rise of Facebook, Classmates.com was about the only way you could keep up with your former high school and college friends. I first signed up back when talk of a 10 year high school reunion was circulating among the few people I kept in contact with from my high school. It never came to pass, and, by the time my 20 year reunion came around, I had just let my Classmates.com account languish in the back of my mind.

From its inception, Classmates.com has engaged in what many people would call shady business practices. In order to maintain the integrity of their closed system, Classmates.com automatically filtered their internal messaging system in order to scrub out email addresses, phone numbers and street addresses, which would have allowed users to communicate outside of Classmates.com, thus negating the need for a membership. Even worse, Classmates.com had sent a significant number of emails that told recipients that their old friends from school wished to reconnect with them. The recipients then would need to buy a Classmates.com memberships in order to read their old friends' contact information. Classmates.com got hit with a class action lawsuit and ended up settling for $9.5 Million. There are many more examples, but, I'm sure you get the picture. Classmates.com is the Internet equivalent of some letch pulling up in a windowless van telling you to get inside because your mother is in the hospital and you need to get to her ASAP.

Normally, I just ignore SPAM from Classmates.com. I normally get stuff with the following subject lines:


  • Is this one of your buddies?
  • Start bragging, you made the list!
  • Is this someone you've been expecting?
  • You have 1 profile visit waiting to be revealed!
Those sort of messages are obvious SPAM bait on a par with "Sexy, local ladies are waiting to meet you" ads and are easily ignored. However, the other day, Classmates.com sent me something a little different. The subject line was We've left a message in your inbox that might interest you. With my 25 year reunion coming up, I thought that this perhaps was from someone in my graduating class sending out an event invite. Here's what greeted me when I logged in: 


So,  Classmates.com essentially spammed my Classmates.com inbox with some drivel so that they could later have an excuse to spam my regular inbox. Pretty sneaky, Classmates.com. This sort of chicanery was enough motivation for me to go through the process of deleting my Classmates.com account. 

How To Delete Your Classmates.com Account


They sure don't make it easy, do they? You'd think that, in order to delete your Classmates.com account, you could just go to your account settings and do it. But, you can't. Instead, you either have to navigate through their FAQ or contact a Classmates.com representative who will then try to guilt you into sticking around. Or, you could follow the steps below:

  1. Log-in  to your Classmates.com account
  2. Navigate to https://secure.classmates.com/auth/removemember
  3. Select a reason why you want to remove your registration (you must choose one)
  4. Click the "Remove Registration" button.
  5. A tiny pop-up will appear and ask you if you are sure. Click "Yes". Interestingly enough, the pop-up did not appear when I tried to do this in Internet Explorer 11. It worked in Chrome, though. 
So, that's it. Hopefully, after deleting the account, you won't get any more deceptive SPAM from Classmates.com.



1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this nice, succinct coverage of Classmates.com. I just tried to cancel my membership six hours into the new subscription year. '6 hours!' Yet, they are refusing to refund the annual renewal amount. I missed the email telling me it was autorenewing because they send so much damn spam that I ignored it.

    Obviously, they have no viable business model today, if they ever had one. Their only hold on revenue is deliberate obfuscation and and entrapment. I am sharing your blog to my HS Class Facebook page and encouraging everyone to drop Classmates.com now.

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