Market Still Not Totally Crazy: Classmates.com IPO Shuttered

from the a-little-sanity dept

In all the talk about a "new" internet bubble, the one thing that many people have pointed out over and over again is that we're still not seeing the same sort of crazy IPOs that were everywhere in 1998 and 1999. However, that's not to say some weren't interested in trying to push the envelope. More internet firms -- including quite a few that were unprofitable -- have been looking to go public lately. However, perhaps the most outlandish was Classmates.com's IPO plans. Classmates, of course, was a survivor from the original bubble, and had something of a web 1.0 social network, helping classmates reconnect. It tried to make money on premium services that very few people signed up for -- and even fewer as things like Friendster, MySpace and Facebook came along. However, with social networking sites getting astounding valuations, United Online (the current owner of Classmates) decided to try to polish the company up and position it as a social networking IPO. Of course, it didn't take Sherlock Holmes to realize this was a dud from the very beginning -- and it seems that message finally got back to the folks at United Online who have pulled the offering costing the company $4.5 to $5.5 million for a lot of nothing. Still, this should be seen as a positive development. Even with the hype and crazy valuations around social networking, the folks on Wall Street have at least some sense of when a company just has a story rather than anything of substance.


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    Max Powers, Dec 12th, 2007 @ 8:57pm

    This IPO offering must have been planned to make the top people lots of money and then word got out how ridiculous this attempt was at trying to build up this boring site.

    As stated, nobody (including me) would pay extra for the needed features to make it worthwhile.

     

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    illegalprelude, Dec 13th, 2007 @ 12:12am

    whats funny is with a name like classmates and the fact that their popups have been around for fracking years now, that company should have and should take that money and invest it in themselves.

    Maybe a social networking site that goes to HS's and gets their info and starts to create a list and actually help link classmates together.

    Older generation would love that and they got the income for a site where the younger generation is in touch with each other because we have had social networking from the start

     

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    Tom, Dec 13th, 2007 @ 6:41am

    Classmates.com is a great idea with a lousy implem

    I really tried to like classmates.com, but the site is useless. For example, only 20 names at a time will show on the screen (because so much screen room is taken up with advertising for crap). But if I want to see people in the S's with my class of 800 students, I need to commit over an hour and a half to try to page through the list.

    The problem is that they seem to think they are in the business of advertising rather than trying to connect people. If they made it pleasant to use I would have spent more time there, but it is just too anoying.

     

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