GTL’s Hot-Springs end is near! 2008 – 2010

The below message has been received by myself as the creator of GTL Hot-Springs. ( )
Due to the fact that I started this site as a free site on Ning and I have no desire to charge for the service GTL’s Hot-Springs will be coming to an end soon. So if you want hot-spring maps and GPS lists come and download them before they are gone.

My thanks to all those members who contributed so much here. I have enjoyed every post and photo/video clip you have sent.

Thanks to all those members who joined and you will be missed.

So unless changes their mind which I doubt the end will come to all my Ning sites. This is not a plea for support by any means. Just an anouncement of the end of an erra.

If you are interested in reading more here is the email I received below.


Ning Phasing out Free Sites

Thursday, April 15, 2010 12:44 PM
Directory of Ning Networks / Social Network Directory of Ning Networks


Hi Friends,

In case you haven’t heard, I wanted to give you the latest news from Ning. Today, Ning announced a monumental change in it’s business plan. This is good news and bad news. For premium networks, it’s probably good news; in that, it’s what most premium networks thought they were investing in, in the first place. It will make the premium Ning Networks closer to white label, and likely more valuable assets. It is bad news and extremely sad for some free Ning Networks. Here’s an excerpt from the announcement by Ning’s CEO – Jason Rosenthal:

When I became CEO 30 days ago, I told you I would take a hard look at our business. This process has brought real clarity to what’s working, what’s not, and what we need to do now
to make Ning a big success.

My main conclusion is that we need to double down on our premium services
business. Our Premium Ning Networks like Friends or Enemies, Linkin
Park, Shred or Die, Pickens Plan, and tens of thousands of others both
drive 75% of our monthly US traffic, and those Network Creators need and
will pay for many more services and features from us.

So, we are going to change our strategy to
devote 100% of our resources to building the winning product to capture
this big opportunity. We will phase out our free service. Existing
free networks will have the opportunity to either convert to paying for
premium services, or transition off of Ning. We will judge ourselves by
our ability to enable and power Premium Ning Networks at huge scale.
And all of our product development capability will be devoted to making
paying Network Creators extremely happy.

Full Story

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Best Regards,

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