The final downfall of Care2 is coming

About 21 years ago, a new web community called Care2 was created as a means for liberal and environmental activists to come together and share information about their causes. I joined it in late 2004 and was an active member of it for nearly a decade. Over the years, I made many wonderful friends in it, some of whom I am still linked to in Facebook. I also made many enemies.

Previous blog entries that refer to Care2 include:

Three opponents, three different results

Assuming the worst of others

An anti-Zionist Jew?

Beauty, ugliness, and crossed wired thinking!

The Blunder from Down Under

Bashing, criticism, and a lie of convenience

Two different Christians and how I dealt with them.

A clueless pro-America zealot

Fired from a hosting job for NO LOGICAL REASON!

A fake expert vs real ones on global warming

Why debates are often unethical in nature

The sad downfall of Silly Old Bear in Care2

Leaving Care2, and returning

Another reason to despise Michael Shermer

Now, that web community, in decline for many years, is finally ending.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/activist-university/important-news-from-care2/

Important News From Care2

Dear Care2 Family,

We’re planning important changes in an effort to support the Care2 Community in creating a kinder, more inclusive, and sustainable world.

Care2 started 21 years ago as a tiny site focused on empowering individuals to make a difference. Today, we’ve grown to become a powerful activist platform with 53 million members and counting — including you.

For 21 years, Care2 members have connected with like-minded activists, created nearly a half million petitions, and gathered nearly a billion signatures! You’ve read thousands of articles on Healthy Living and Causes, saved large swaths of the Amazon Rainforest, helped support children in developing countries, and provided over 1 million days of safe drinking water.

We are so proud of what we’ve accomplished together, and our efforts are needed now, more than ever. In that spirit, we’ll be focusing all of our time and resources on Care2 Petitions – our community’s most powerful tool for collective impact. That means we’ll be saying goodbye to some features of the site that we’ve loved and nurtured for many years.

  • Butterfly Rewards will expire on August 1, 2019. Please redeem any unused credits before then.
  • Groups, Healthy Living and Causes, C2NN, eCards, and Care2 Connect will remain live until August 12, 2019 after which point they will be turned off.

We, and many of our members will miss these features dearly, but by focusing our efforts on petitions and working with nonprofit partners, we will be able to better amplify our positive impact.

But we can’t do it alone. 

At this moment in time, human rights, animal habitat, and our environment are in jeopardy. By starting petitions, joining campaigns and sharing successes, you help move the world in the right direction. Whether you’ve signed zero petitions or 10,000, you are an integral part of our movement.

Please check out some of the key issue areas we’re focusing on, at www.thepetitionsite.com. And please continue the conversation with our Care2 family on Facebook and Instagram

We’ve won countless victories over the years with you by our side. Together, we make a difference!

They may try to spin this in a positive way, but the reality is that the features that made it so attractive to millions of users will be no more next month. They are doing this to save money, no doubt, but it will only make the site even less popular than it is now.

As I stated in Facebook:

The Care2 admin did very little to protect the community from being overrun by toxic personalities that made it difficult for people to get positive things done. Instead we had a tendency to stir up drama among ourselves. I won’t miss that……we have plenty of drama here in Facebook, of course

We can certainly learn a lot of painful lessons on how NOT to run a web community.

Care2 was supposed to be all about progressives and environmentalists coming together to support their causes. Instead, it became a constant ideological battleground once so many right-wing fanatics invaded it. They should have been banned and condemned for their disruptive attitudes.

One thought on “The final downfall of Care2 is coming

  1. As a footnote to the announcement about Care2’s coming demise, we read:

    {{{Our promise: Welcome to Care2, the world’s largest community for good. Here, you’ll find millions of like-minded people working towards progress, kindness, and lasting impact.

    Care2 stands against: bigots, bullies, science deniers, misogynists, gun lobbyists, xenophobes, the willfully ignorant, animal abusers, frackers, and other mean people. If you find yourself aligning with any of those folks, you can move along, nothing to see here.

    Care2 stands with: humanitarians, animal lovers, feminists, rabble-rousers, nature-buffs, creatives, the naturally curious, and people who really love to do the right thing.

    You are our people. You Care. We Care2.}}}

    YOU HYPOCRITES ALLOWED THE ONES YOU SUPPOSEDLY STAND AGAINST TO OVERRUN OUR COMMUNITY FOR MANY YEARS!

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