Late last week, Daven at SplitCoastStampers posted an announcement on their website entitled, "Changes at Splitcoast." You can read the announcement here, but essentially SplitCoast has been sold again to a new entity.
SplitCoast was founded in 2003 and has evolved into a huge online community. They are the #1 stamping community on the web. They were sold 19 months ago to a company called NameMedia. As of December 2009, they have been sold again to a company named Internet Brands.
Apparently after the initial sale, the company originators were still very much involved in the day-to-day of the business. Now, with this sale to Internet Brands, those company founders are saying goodbye.
You can read their goodbyes along with some introductions to the new management at this thread here on the splitcoast forum.
I have never personally been terribly active on Splitcoast so I'm not feeling much of an impact from this announcement…. but I imagine that some of you are very active over there. Have you seen any changes yet? If not, do you anticicipate changes or do you think things will continue as-is to the end user, yourself?
In reading different reactions to this news, I have to say that my biggest shock was in hearing that supposedly, because of the popularity of blogs, now message boards and forums are decreasing in popularity…. (Uh oh, really? Somebody should have told us that before we started our new forum! Haha, I crack myself up. No, our forum isn't meant to BE PaperCrafter's Corner. It's simply a supplement so that you guys can get together IRL more easily.)
Who knows what changes will come to Splitcoast over the coming months? I did enjoy reading an excellent editorial on the SplitCoast sale at Craft Critique from Editor-in-Chief, Sarah Moore. Sarah takes a step back and talks about what has made SplitCoast such a good online community… good points that we at PaperCrafter's Corner have taken to heart 🙂 You can read her article here.
So, what do you think? What are your thoughts on the SplitCoast sale, possible changes at Splitcoast, and the future of online paper crafting communities?