Formspring is a question and answer service that will be shutting down. Formspring wrote in a blog post that their ability to maintain a level of resources needed to keep the company up-and-running is too high now. Users will be able to post questions on the service until March 31st. People that want to export their data from the website has until April 15th.
Formspring founder and CEO Ade Olonoh said that they have provided a unique way for people to engage in conversations about anything since they launched in November 2009. Unfortunately, a plethora of competitors has sprouted up since then including LinkedIn Answers and Quora. Formspring hit around 30 million registered users and 4 billion posts.
Formspring raised $14 million from investors including Baseline Ventures, Freestyle Capital, SV Angel, Lowercase Capital, FLOODGATE, Polaris Partners, and Redpoint Ventures. Below is Formspring’s official announcement:
Formspring launched in November 2009 as a unique way for people to have engaging conversations about anything. Eventually reaching over 30 million registered users and 4 billion posts, Formspring grew beyond my wildest dreams to become an important part of how people interact online.
I?m grateful to each of you that helped make the site better by asking questions and posting responses. None of this would have been possible without you. Through the community you created, we?ve met new people, strengthened relationships, opened our minds to different points of view, and made each other smile.
Unfortunately, and with great sadness, I must announce that Formspring is shutting down. While we?ve had great success in reaching a broad audience, it?s been challenging to sustain the resources needed to keep the lights on.
Sunday, March 31st will be the last day you?ll be able to ask questions or post content on Formspring. You?ll be able to export your responses from now through Monday, April 15th, after which the site and apps will go offline, and any content will be permanently deleted.
You can export the responses you?ve posted by following these steps:
- Log into your account and visit http://www.formspring.me/account/export
- Click the export button
- When your export is ready you?ll receive an email
- Visit http://www.formspring.me/account/export again to download a zip file with your data
Thanks again for all the smiles.
Ade Olonoh, Founder and CEO.