If you get any of your products from the supposedly green and idealistic company known as Gaiam, I call upon you to stop doing so.
Why? Because it is no longer living up to its image and the only way to punish it for its hypocrisy is in the pocketbook.
A few years ago, a small social networking site dedicated to spirituality called Zaadz.com was created. The original creator and owner of it, Brian Johnson, then sold it to Gaiam, and it was changed into Gaia.com. But it appears that it never made a profit for Gaiam and finally last month, the director of Gaia Community, Siona van Dijk, made this announcement:
Until that happens, you’ll be able to continue to log in, so as to copy your blogs and save your posts or messages, and to exchange information with any community members with whom you’d like to stay in touch. (We’ll post information on the Team blog for the easiest way to export your content.) You can also visit our Gaia Community Vision Group to post, should you wish, any recommendations for a new community home.
If you’re a Group moderator yourself, you may want to consider moving your group to Ning. WordPress and Tumblr are great for those of you who’d like to continue blogging, and you can sign up to receive the Q&Rs here.
– Dr. Seuss –
I’d also invite you to connect at the Gaia facebook group, and to continue to participate in the Gaia Minute. And do please stay in touch… I know you’ll each and every one of you be on to amazing, extraordinary next chapters, and I’ll be honored to continue encouraging you.
Last but not least, thank you all, so very, very, very much, for having been a part of this wonderful journey. I’m grateful to each and every one of you for your contributions to the connection and heart and the spirit of the community, to the Team for their committed behind-the-scenes efforts, and of course to everyone at Gaiam for their tremendous investment and generous support of this community over the past few years, especially in the face of the current recession. It’s been, again, an incredible adventure.
Love always and always,
Soon after this, Siona made a new community in Ning titled Gaia Community and then members of Gaia.com flooded into there. http://anewgaia.ning.com/
I myself was the first to join after it was created and I was also the first to create a group within it, Universal Science Forum, which was a clone of the one in the original Gaia.
Now, when you attempt to access Gaia.com, you get this instead:
Update: Gaia Community closed its doors on March 31st, 2010
It’s been a wonderful journey and an honor to serve the members of the site over the past few years, and we’re greatful for the connections and relationships that came about as a result of these pages. The ripples and kindness you’ve created and contributed to continue to influence the world in immeasurable ways. Thank you deeply, for being a part of it.
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No, an HONEST and fair advertisement would have led to this and nowhere else: http://anewgaia.ning.com/ The fan page of Facebook is of Gaiam company itself.
Spread the word about how Gaiam stabbed that entire web community in the back to increase its profit margins! And if you really beleive in what Gaiam was supposed to stand for, boycott that company to cut even more into its profits than it would have lost by keeping Gaia.com operating! And swear to NEVER buy from it again unless and until it restores Gaia.com to full operating status!