Classmates.com should be free

Classmates.com really frustrates me. I love the whole idea behind the service and would love to reconnect with some of my old high school friends but I just can’t get past the fact that you have to pay for it.

If you haven’t heard of Classmates.com, it’s a social network that serves as a giant yearbook of all of your classmates from high school. Once you register by plugging in your state, city and the name of your high school you can instantly see all of the classmates from your school that have also registered for the service. So far, so good… and free.

What isn’t free is everything else. If you want to see where your friends live now, send your classmates email, see who visited your profile, read your notes from visitors or plan reunions and events, that will cost you extra.

Classmates.com gold membership

The extra is called a gold membership and will cost you $59 for 2 years, $39 for 1 year or 3 months for $15. They also offer a free trial for 7 days.

What I don’t understand is why Classmates.com can’t open up their service for free and rely on the increased traffic and advertising to fund it. As it is, I already have to put up with a splattering of singles and dating ads, credit score ads, tax software ads and a host of others.

This wouldn’t be a new concept. Last I checked I haven’t paid a dime for my MySpace or Facebook account. And I’m pretty sure I’ve never paid Google for anything. But until Classmates.com offers their service for free, I have a better chance of hooking up with my high school friends using Facebook or a Google search then I do on Classmates.com.