Is FitClick an alternative to SparkPeople?
Tuesday, June 08, 2021
Just took a look at the FitClick site. They are a competitor of SparkPeople. Nothing fancy, but maybe an alternative to SparkPeople, that will cease operating its website on 8/17. Fitclick seems to have a lot of the functionality of SparkPeople without all the bells and whistles.
As a side note, SparkPeople Inc., according to Chris Downie's sparkpage profile commentary, back in 2006 had an operating budget of $2M. Wonder what it is now? I read on their corporate site there are 17M members of SparkPeople. If only 15 million people paid $60 annual for the privilege of being a member of the sparkpeople community, that's a whopping $900M. Something tells me SparkPeople shutting down may not be $ driven, but maybe a change in strategic direction. Based on the SparkPeople 360 leadership team info on co-founders, and executive management, it seems like they have a credible, prestigious line up; they are postured to begin this new endeavor. Chris Downie has officially blogged that SparkPeople site is shutting down on 8/17; I believe this decision is final and not reversible, as sad as that is.
SparkAmerica may become the next big thing. More functionality will be available as time goes on. Chris Downey's blog gives future hope for a community platform and a wider net beyond what is being called "America." Technical infrastructure takes time to build, not to mention new international laws on privacy that need to be addressed and incorporated. For me, SparkAmerica will be a sit back, wait and see what develops before I will join, as I already know it will not have the functionality and the inclusive global community of SparkPeople that I am looking for, at least not now.
I will remain on SparkPeople until the very end on 8/17. SparkPeople has been such a great experience for me. With great appreciation, a big THANK YOU to all who made that possible.