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To the dismay of many of its users, the information capturing service, Springpad.com will be shut down on June 25th. The Springpad blog says that because of a lack of funding, the site, which was free to members, is no longer self-sustaining.

Springpad was often favored over the cloud storage service Evernote because of its more visual orientation, and its free features for sharing content between users. Now Springpad users are being urged to migrate their notes to Evernote quickly.

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At this point, members attempting to log into their account will be see a message about the process for exporting their data before the June 25th shutdown. After that date, Springpad will no longer be available and the sync features of its mobile apps will seize working.

Existing users of Springpad can either export their existing Springpad content to Evernote, to a viewable HTML data backup, and/or to an importable JSON file for other services to use. For the Evernote migration, each notebook you have in your Springpad account will create a new notebook in Evernote. All your unfiled items will be put into an “Unfiled” notebook. Springpad provides more details about these options on their blog.

Springpad’s FQA states that whether you migrate your content or not, you don’t have to delete your account. When the site is shuts downs on June 25th, all user data on the servers will be automatically deleted. However, you can still log into your account and manually shut it down by going into your account settings, clicking on Account Details, and then clicking on “Delete Account.”

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Source: Springpad Blog

  1. vilaku
    June 24, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    It is a sad news for Springpad users like me!
    I took a shot on how users can deal with services like Springpad shutting down:
    http://www.vilaku.com/2014/06/21/all-good-things-must-come-to-an-end/

    • Bakari Chavanu
      June 25, 2014 at 5:30 pm

      Vilaku, thanks for sharing this. And good points to think about. I'm not sure how many people foresaw the closing of Springpad, but you're definitely correct that they should have monetize their site to make it profitable. Plus, they needed to gain integration with other apps and online services. Nevertheless, it was sad to see them go.

  2. book
    June 2, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    So there it is a nasty second agenda. Anyone watching silicon valley on hbo? Think it like a grudge between two imbecile ceos what do we really know?

  3. Elviera
    June 2, 2014 at 1:57 am

    Something fishy is going on. If they lack funds, why not ask all the Springpad users to pay a dollar or two to keep the app alive? Why such a short notice before shutdown? Why no proper explanation?

    • Bakari Chavanu
      June 2, 2014 at 3:49 pm

      Yep, I have the same questions. Plus, they added a few other big features about a month before the shutdown.

  4. Chrissy
    June 2, 2014 at 1:02 am

    I am completely crushed to hear this. It was my favorite and most used app. I quit using Evernote years ago and just took another look after I read this. I really dislike Evernote and can't make myself go back to using it. It isn't even comparable. I wish they would have charged for Springpad. I'd be willing to pay - not a monthly subscription but a one time fee. This is truly depressing. I haven't seen anything that compares. Awesome Note is great but isn't available for Android.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      June 2, 2014 at 3:47 pm

      Chrissy, that's the question I have: why didn't they roll out a premium accounts option early on to help fund the development.

  5. Peter Wills
    June 1, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    I liked it too Bakari but fortunately I had not invested a great deal of information in it. And the developers seemed focused on features other than what a lot of users were saying they wanted and needed. This closure does seem to have come out of nowhere though.

  6. Peter Wills
    June 1, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Another example of online data services folding and severely inconveniencing users. Seriously, why would anyone commit to a service that did not have a desktop app such as Evernote has where content can still be stored locally and/or synched to the cloud?

    Did anyone see this coming with Springpad? The productivity nightmares this is going to create are gianormous! Many reputable and some not so reputable consultants spent tens of thousands of hours or more over many years espousing the Springpad app and developing GTD and other productivity applications and uses based on the Springpad service. These were adopted by businesses and individuals alike.

    Were there no takers willing to step up and buy the rights to the technology or was this not offered, and if not, why not?

    I believe that cloud computing is the future but I believe any cloud service needs a desktop app to go along with it both as a data backup and a means by which to continue to access data that is no longer live online so as to minimize the awful productivity consequences.

    It is one thing to provide a non proprietary data backup that can be uploaded into another compatible application in the event of something like this occurring, assuming of course there is a suitable alternative and compatible app available, but this is a long way removed from the convenience of having a desktop app that will function in much the same was as the live app did and allow uninterrupted and ongoing access to the data while a suitable replacement service is sought.

    I have now seen this too many times and have been inconvenienced myself to a significant degree, albeit on a personal level and thankfully not a work level, to put 100 % trust and faith in any online app that does not provide the above mentioned features.

    The only other more viable alternative is to go with paid services but even then there is still no 100% guarantee that this scenario will not arise with one of those services. And the cost is usually prohibitive for personal use.

    Evernote may not be visually in the same league as Springpad but it has a hell of a lot of practical features that Springpad didn't and showed no inclination to introduce either. Evernote's true worth lies in using it for any and all general and reference information storage needs and spending time learning how to use it effectively.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      June 1, 2014 at 11:17 pm

      Pete, you're absolutely right. I often worry about the investment I make in in a piece of software or online service only to see it fold under, and taking all my time and investment with it. Apple did that with iWeb, for example.

      I really liked Springpad, but I kept also using Evernote because I didn't think in the long run that Springpad was getting the support from other apps and services that it needed in order to expand and compete.

      I've always thought that Springpad's UI was much better than Evernote, but I was never sure about their free business model—how they were sustaining themselves on a totally free service.

      Thanks for your feedback. It's definitely an issue we need to continue to discuss.

  7. Michael
    June 1, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Kelsey. Could not agree more with your Evernote sentiment. That's why we built Centrallo. Take a look at http://www.centrallo.com. You can reach me via the feedback tab. Would love to hear your thoughts.

    Regards,
    -Michael

  8. Kelsey Tidwell
    June 1, 2014 at 1:18 am

    Bakari, please be aware that the Google+ Springpad Community is hard at work searching out, evaluating and road testing every single app we can find that could be a successor to Springpad. We want to turn this very troubling event into a positive thing, especially since there are so many business owners out there who relied on Springpad for many aspects of their day-to-day operations.
    Many of us are very reluctant to submit to going to (or going back to, in my case) Evernote, primarily because of the drab and spartan atmosphere of the app itself, and the condescending tone of many of the old heads there.
    Come join the (very busy) conversation with us! We guarantee you won't be bored lol.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      June 1, 2014 at 6:43 pm

      Hi Kelsey, thanks for your feedback. I'm an active member of the Google+ Springpad Community, and I would be willing to write an article listing what the community recognizes as great successors to Springpad. MUO has published articles about Keep (Archive Web Pages, Images, Videos & Notes With Keep Everything for Mac & iOS) and Keeeb (Keeeb - A Unique Alternative To The Traditional Blogging Platform), which are two possible alternatives. I'll definitely keep checking the Springpad community to get updates on other suggestions.

    • Kelsey T
      June 1, 2014 at 9:42 pm

      Bakari, I have used Keep for a long while now, and I'm currently testing Keeeb along with Annotary, Zimilate, and my current favorite, Memit. I will freely admit my work schedule and lack of time to devote to the task usually forces me to take what others have observed and then put that to task, occasionally getting to throw in my opinion. The star researcher there is Hildegerd Haugen, who I can't praise enough for her efforts. Anything she says has been backed by scientific investigative process, I assure you.
      The waters are definitely muddied and roiling, but it's really amazing the amount of app culling that has gone on in roughly a week.
      Now if we can just ignore that condescending tone I spoke of in all of the "I told you so" crowd, we can get 'er done. If the comments aren't constructive, to the garbage they go.
      Thanks for the help, Bakari...see you in the Community (I do remember reading your posts there before, btw).
      Springpad has been compared to the offspring of Evernote and Pinterest, or Pinterest with a brain lol. For those of us who think outside of the box, there's another Springpad-in-the-rough out there. We'll find it.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      June 1, 2014 at 11:33 pm

      Kelsey, you're so right. The first article about Springpad was about its visual orientation and the ability to share content. Evernote doesn't have that same appeal, and there are several other solutions, like Keeeb, Keep, and Pinterest that could do what Springpad was trying to do. In fact, I think Springpad was developed before Pinterest, if memory serves me correctly.

      Personally I think the essential feature that these services need is a smart folder functionality for automatically managing and collecting content based on specified rules. Smart folder technology is a huge time saver, and the lack of it keeps me from using Keeeb, Dragdis, and other services as much as I would like. I'm also worried too these services, like Springpad, won't have long shelf life.

      Well, thanks for your feedback and input. Really appreciate it. See you on Google+. We need to make sure we're following one another on there.

  9. Mac W
    May 31, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Any information about why they stopped? Less people used it or ...
    Had an account I stopped use for some times ago, can not remember why .

    • Bakari Chavanu
      May 31, 2014 at 7:33 pm

      The indicated in their blog that it was due to a lack of funding. As far as I know, the site and service was completely free. So it sounds like the capital investment dried up.

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