|Headquarters||Venice, California, United States|
|Key people||Colin Fabig
|Industry||Social networking service|
|Alexa rank||7648 (November 2013[update])|
|Type of site||Social network|
|Users||4 million (December 2013)|
|Available in||English, Russian|
Spring.me (formerly known as as Formspring) is a social media network for meeting people and starting conversations. The beta was launched in July 2013, with the public site launched in September 2013. The Spring.me team is based in Silicon Beach Los Angeles (USA), Silicon Beach Sydney (Australia) and Silicon East Belgrade (Serbia).
In January 2013, the Spring.me started under the company name Helpa, Inc. The founders, Colin Fabig, James Gilbert and Ari Klinger, have co-founded a number of businesses including iMega, which was sold to Photon Group; Jump On It, now Living Social Australia & NZ; and Online Marketing Group, now part of Fairfax Media.
In early 2013, the company raised $2 million from investors including Tank Stream Ventures, Right Click Capital and Nextec Strategic Capital as well as a number of other industry investors. Matt Cudworth joined the team as CTO in January 2013 and recruited a technical team to build the platform.
In March 2013, Formspring.me, founded by Ade Olonoh, announced it was closing down and was acquired by Spring.me in May 2013. The Formspring website shut down in August 2013. Spring.me was launched in beta in July 2013 and was open to old Formspring members. Spring.me was launched to the public in September 2013.
Spring.me is a social network where members have profile pages, can post content, including photos, videos, animated gifs and questions, and can answer questions or comment. Members can also smile at content and can share on Spring.me or other social networks including Facebook and Twitter.
The Feed forms a central part of Spring.me and it appears on every user's homepage highlighting information including profile changes, videos, pictures and posts from the user's followers. As a social network, Spring.me revolves around the principle of followers. When another Spring.me user is chosen to be followed, that user's posts appear in reverse chronological order on your main Spring.me feed.
Users can create their own profiles with photos and other personal information. In addition they can communicate with followers and other users through private or public messages. Sharing option for posts, questions, photos and videos with other social networks such as Facebook and Twitter is abailable. Users can also mention other users by adding the "@" sign followed by a username when mentioning or replying to other users. The Smile button on Spring.me is a social networking feature similar to Facebook’s Like button. It allows users to express and share their appreciation of content such as comments, photos and questions.
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