From One Spring to Another

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It was a little over a year ago when I spoke about Formspring.me.

 

At that time, the newly reborn spring.me site seemed to work without problems.

 

That was until the last couple of months, when the site started having a lot of glitches.  Among the problems were webpage errors and duplicating questions and answers.  It also had problems connecting to Facebook.

 

However, all those problems seem to be over as the site appears to be dead.  Even though it seems to be an operating site, nobody has posted there since last Friday.  Apparently the site shut down while still looking like it was up and running.

 

When I posted a question, why there were no questions in my inbox in 4 days, one lone follower explained that the site was shut down and many had fled to another site.  Also, the spring.me site links pointed to a dating application.

 

Welcome to retrospring.net.

 

I joined this site on Monday and while it seems somewhat like the old spring.me site, it seemed closer to the now-defunct youreply.net.  While I have found some of the old followers from the old site so far, most are still missing.  I hope to go through my followers list to get some back.  So far there are a little less than 5000 users on the site, but as time goes on I expect this to grow quickly.

 

While the site seems fairly polished, it still lacks some features that spring.me had.  Since I didn’t use any of those features, I don’t have a list of those missing features, but this site seems fairly complete.

 

Being a new user of this site, I don’t have a lot of details of this site, but I encourage anyone to join this site if you want to have some fun asking questions.

 

You can find me at https://retrospring.net/louisbrownusa.  Hope to see you there.  Just a note:  I will follow anyone who follows me at least for now.

 

Hopefully, this site will live longer than the last 2 did.

 

 

 

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Good to Be Dead?

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Sometimes it is good to be dead or maybe to appear to be dead.

 

However, if you are a website this could be either a good thing or a bad thing.

 

Almost a year ago, I discussed the website youreply.net.

 

However, in the last couple of days, a new message appears on the site that says “closed for now”.  Unfortunately this site has not seen any real activity since the first of the year with the last question being back in December.  Personally, I never received any followers which added to my lack of desire to the site.

 

On the other hand, the new Formspring.me seems to be alive and well.  I have over 300 followers now there.  I am amazed at the growth in the past few months of this revamped site.  If you want to join me on the site, go to http://spring.me/louisbrownusa and follow me.

 

The other dead site (or nearing its death) is logmein.com.  If you have never heard of this site, it is a remote computing site that allows one computer to see exactly what is on the screen of another computer and take control of it.

 

I have used the free version regularly since I signed up a couple of years ago and it has worked really well between my laptop and desktop.  I would have recommended this program highly.

 

But, now, logmein.com is discontinuing the use of the free version and wants me to pay to use their pro version.  While I understand that you can’t make money from free, I still believe that the free version should still be available for those people for personal use.

 

So I will be looking at getting a new program over the coming couple of weeks.  If I find anything that I like, I will report on it here.  I hate giving up on this great program, but I refuse to give into the paid version which is more than I ever need.

 

Overall, being dead can be a good thing or a bad thing.

 

It just depends if you rely on the dead.

 

 

 

 

 

Favorite Q & A sites

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When wanting to ask questions of me or anybody else, there are 3 places that I use and to some extent recommend.  However each of them have their caveats as I will discuss here.

 

First up is formspring.me .

 

This is one of the oldest of the Q & A websites out there.  Recently it was almost shut down, but it was saved by a new owner who claims they want to improve it.  However, I have seen really no improvement in the last month.  Occasionally, I will get a question in my inbox, but it is extremely rare now.  This site doesn’t seem to get as much action as it used to, but is occasionally fun.  You can follow me at http://www.formspring.me/louisbrownusa

 

Next is youreply.net

 

This site claims to be the new Formspring; at least that was their original slogan.  While this site is not nearly as pretty as Formspring, it is functional to an extent.  Instead of asking questions on a more private level, this site allows for public questions.  Unfortunately, this list of questions is long with a long list of answers following each one.  It would be best if the questions were somehow grouped together by a date lookup.  Only plus side to this is that if somebody replies to your answer, you get a notification.  Since signing up, I am following about 2 people and have really no followers of my own.  However if you want to change that go to http://youreply.net/user/LouisBrown and follow me.  I really would appreciate it.

 

Lastly is meetme.com

 

This site was originally called the less meaningful name of myyearbook.com.  It should be obvious that this was not in any way a yearbook site.  However, this site seems to be home to more creepiness than any of the other sites.  While this site has a Q & A section where I have received some of the oddest questions, it also has a secret admirer section and even creepier profile viewer section that others can view your profile and then you receive an email showing you the person.  So far, it seems that the only thing I have attracted here are older women and gay men, neither of which I am interested in becoming socially intimate with.  Certainly this site has a lot to offer, but like Facebook has some very dangerous parts as well if one is not careful.  You can follow me here at http://www.meetme.com/member/30320477

 

So how do I rate all of these sites?  Unfortunately none are perfect and all have serious flaws.  I will give each of them a grade of 7 with a caution as all of them have serious issues that keep them from being perfect.

 

Stay safe on these sites and have fun.