Classmates.com Sued After Guy Realizes His Classmates Weren't Really Looking For Him

from the that-would-be-called-false-advertising dept

You may recall that Classmates.com was a website that first showed up in the 90s, and tried to do what Friendster and Facebook were later able to do. The problem was that Classmates.com's business model was to charge users for many of its features, including actually connecting with and contacting your classmates -- things that more recent social networks have always allowed for free. However, if you ever used Classmates.com for anything, you've probably been spammed with emails for years, each one claiming that your classmates are looking for you, or had recently viewed your profile. Nearly every email sent by the company (and they seem to come about once a week) has some enticing subject line that tries to suggest that something is happening with your profile and you're missing out if you don't upgrade to a premium account.

I've always ignored these emails, figuring that if any of my former high school classmates really wants to contact me, there are plenty of ways to do so that don't require me to pay up -- and naturally assumed that Classmates.com was exaggerating what was happening on the site. Some folks, however, believed the emails and upgraded. And, now, one of those who upgraded his account to see which classmates were trying to contact him, discovered (surprise, surprise) that Classmates.com was lying to him. His classmates weren't trying to contact him via the site, and so he's now suing the company for deceptive advertising, and demanding that the company refund subscription fees for everyone who was similarly duped.

Filed Under: class action, truth in advertising
Companies: classmates.com


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  1. identicon
    DSA, 25 Nov 2008 @ 6:00pm

    Re: classmates.con

    I signed up years ago for the free account only to become highly annoyed by the "you are one step away from (not gold, but insanity)" BS. A few years later, I had a couple of old hometown friends contact me through classmates. I was able to get in touch with them without upgrading. But then my email was bombarded with classmates.con claiming I had several signatures in my guestbook so eventually, I upgraded to see what all the hoopla was about. I discovered that the guestbook isn't a guestbook at all but rather a profile visit where visitors may checkmark a selection that lets me know they visited. That's all. No messages and not even any indication they wanted to write or talk to me.

    What I've concluded is that classmates.con is a big marketing scam, a major spammer, and based on recent experiences with my old friends and classmates I've contacted through the site, sometimes there's a good reason why we all go our separate ways, rarely to be seen or heard from again.

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