Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ:MNST) acquired Tickle.com for roughly $70 million.Â Tickle is a career social networking site packed full with quizzes and surveys revolving around career assessments.Â Tickle.com owns Ringo, a photo/video site that was created by the founder of Bebo and sold it in 2003.Â Tickle.com also owns LoveHappens, a dating website.Â
Ringo and LoveHappensÂ were managed by Affinity Labs, a network of career sites that Monster bought in January 2008.Â But then Ringo and LoveHappens shut down in two months ago too.
Monster.com is laying off 30-35 employees by the end of June and is shutting down Tickle.Â This is an e-mail that was sent out to Tickle.com users:
Dear Tickle User,
We will be shutting down Tickle as of June 30th 2008. You will no longer be able to access your saved test results after that date. If you would like to keep your test results, please print them out before that date. Many thanks for your understanding!
This email is for informational purposes solely and will be sent only once. There is no action required from your side, you don’t have to delete your user account or cancel your subscription; Tickle will do this for you. You will no longer be invoiced beyond June 30th 2008 if you have a paid subscription for our PhD tests. This is an electronically generated email. Please do not reply to this email, as it will not be answered. If you have any further questions, please consult our support team at email@example.com.” Copyright 2008 Tickle, inc. All rights reserved. 799 Market St, 7th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103
Tickle.com was formerly known as Emode.com and was started in 1999 by James Currier.Â
From what I’ve read about LoveHappens, users are upset that it is shutting down because it was a paid site.Â TechCrunch wrote about the rumor of Tickle.com/LoveHappens/Ringo shutting down two months ago and one commenter stated:
What bastards, Iâ€™ve spent quite a bit of money, being a paid member, over the years on lovehappens, achieve their supposed member for life status, and now they shut down.