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New Feature & CONTEST! Win SparkPoints & Cash!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Hello Everyone!

We're excited to announce big improvements to our "WebSearch" page and a related new contest and SparkPoints opportunity!

New WebSearch
Most Internet users like to set a search engine like Google or Yahoo as their homepage, and some like to customize this page with things like news or favorite links. SparkPeople has always offered our WebSearch page to use in this way, but this week we launched some major changes to the page. You can customize your page in a number of ways:
  • See your local weather, including the current temperature and forecast.
  • Choose different news feeds that change throughout the day. Subjects include News, Entertainment, and Health News.
  • View fun SparkPeople content, including our motivational Quote of the Day. You can then also search the web with a search powered by Google or search all of the content and resources on SparkPeople.

How WebSearch Helps You and Helps SparkPeople
By setting your browser's homepage as, you WILL be more likely to reach your goals. The reason is that you will be reminded of the tools, content, and community on SparkPeople each and every time you use your web browser.

You can also help SparkPeople, because when you search the web via Google, SparkPeople will earn income on some of your searches. SparkPeople's CEO Chris Downie (aka SPARKGUY) recently said, "Besides telling their friends to use SparkPeople, WebSearch is the biggest way members can help support SparkPeople so we can remain a free site. Plus, it's a really cool and useful page!"

SparkPoints and Contest
To help encourage members to set our WebSearch as their homepage, we are offering 2 fun incentives:
  1. When you set our WebSearch page as your homepage you will earn 25 SparkPoints.
  2. After setting SP as your homepage and earning your 25 SparkPoints, You will be entered into a drawing for cash prizes. Twenty-five people will win a $100 cash prize!

To Make Our WebSearch Your Browser Homepage and Enter the Contest
It is very easy to do this in most browsers. Simply visit Then, login and click the link just under the search box that says "Click Here to Make This Your Homepage." Note that if you've already added us as your homepage you'll need to click the link again to earn your SparkPoints and be entered into the contest. (Click here for contest rules.)

As always, we thank you for your support!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
YARAAMON 3/4/2008 9:25PM

    Thanks for this great idea

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LADYPINKR 3/4/2008 4:45PM

    I love SP...I have lost 65 lbs....I love the videos...and being able to track my exercise and food intake...I tell everyone I know about SP and how it has helped me both physically and mentally...It's a great way to learn a new healthy lifestyle...YEA!!!!

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NOMI_822 3/4/2008 1:56PM

    While I love the new homepage I too can not set up a new homepage on this computer. I think you people are all amazing to keep coming up with these ideas. I spread the spark every chance I get!! Thank you!!

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DOCDRH 3/4/2008 1:07PM


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DEBBROWN2 3/3/2008 4:54PM

  What is going on I have received the same emails two days in a row? What has happened. I have to make my cable / internet provider my home page. -
I love sparkpeople and have lost over 20 lbs and many inches uses Sparkpeople!! In May I was on a cane and I now take two water aerobic classes daily and water jog daily. It is helping me get healthy!

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ME4CAM 3/3/2008 2:36PM

  Awesome idea!!

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SKILASMOM 3/3/2008 2:05PM

    i made it my homepage. sparkpeople are great

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AIDELADE27 3/3/2008 12:53PM

    I made SP my homepage and I really do find it easier to reach my goals. Plus I have all these shticky things, like the weather and the news. I love it!

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TNCGULL 3/3/2008 9:30AM

    Is the contest still going on? I made this my homepage as I love SP! Thanks!

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LILACS37 3/3/2008 8:15AM

    I made SparkPage my homepage last week-I have also already customized it. This site is great-thank you for creating this site and making it available to all of us. I love it. Have already referred friends as well.

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MRSBUCKEYE 3/3/2008 7:58AM

    Made "MySparkPage" my home page last week - I've come to love this place !!!

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MISS3EVA21 3/2/2008 11:01PM

    I have as my home page already. It makes me do my points and updates as I am using my computer through out the day or evening. Like it, very much.

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MZDTHATSME 3/2/2008 9:35PM

    Great idea... Thanx!

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CUZZMN 3/2/2008 9:14PM

  yes that is a good idea!

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ROXANNE40 3/2/2008 5:27PM

    great idea!

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JOE731 3/2/2008 3:19PM

    Thank You!! I love it.

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BLUESPIRIT 3/2/2008 2:12PM

    Have already made this my start page. I like it alot. Everything it right there when I need it. Searches & my tool & the community. Thanks Carol

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VGINNY 3/2/2008 12:34PM

    I have made Sp my home page. Such a great idea! I find it very handy. Good luck. Ginny x

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SIMPLEDREAMZ7 3/2/2008 11:14AM

    I have already made SP my homepage, but I renewed it to enter the contest. Thanks!

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PINUCCIA1 3/2/2008 11:13AM

  thank you soooooooooooo much

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FITNESSFREAK10 3/2/2008 9:57AM

    This is a wonderful idea. I have already made sparkpage as my home page.

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OUTSIDER34 3/2/2008 9:28AM


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DEEDUM 3/2/2008 9:19AM

    Great idea! I will give it a try!

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PEARLOI 3/2/2008 6:18AM

    wow great idea!!!!!!!!

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NANCYANNJONES 3/2/2008 12:11AM


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MDAEUMLE 3/1/2008 11:31PM

    Awesome I love it. :)

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MACCO58 3/1/2008 9:12PM

    Is there a way we can find out the winners list without having to mail a self-addressed stamped envelope?


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VELVETCATT 3/1/2008 4:01PM

    Wonderful idea!

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JOWILLI 3/1/2008 3:28PM

    I am a Registered Nurse certified in health care informatics and work as a clinical application analyst for a large hospital system. I work in health and computer applications all day 5 days a week. I am so impressed with SparkPeople in every respect and want to thank and congratulate the creators, maintainers, and supporters of this site.

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    Thank you! I agree it needs to be set up a little more like the google web page!

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JUDYGREG 3/1/2008 12:58PM

    My.Yahoo quit working for Netscape, so I just set the page today.

Since I always go to spark people first, it only makes sense.

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SPARKDEB111 3/1/2008 12:07PM


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SUZQ45 3/1/2008 11:09AM

    Love the new page! If I can make a suggestion, make it possible to search for just news like you can on the google page. That's what I do mostly and I don't want to search through all that other stuff.

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MOONBABY1950 3/1/2008 10:09AM

    I love sparpeople site, the advice is helpful, the recipes is very good. I look forward to turning my computer on and logging to the site.
Thanks, Diann.

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NANADA1947 3/1/2008 9:45AM

    i tried it and then changed back to yahoo. on sp site, i had to log in almost every time i used the computer. also, did i miss something or is there no e-mail account on this site. it sure seemed a bother to go back to yahoo every time i wanted to check my mail. also, no files/folders. did i do it right?

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FIFTY1 3/1/2008 9:34AM

    Jesse! go back and get those 25 took me forever to get my computer to give me mine! Maybe it is ME, the operator??? ya Think? Have a great all of my Spark Family. God Bless Lori

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STAR-WARRIOR 3/1/2008 8:59AM

    Well, I didnt get 25 points, so, I'm setting it back...

I wish you well...


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SRCTINK 3/1/2008 7:27AM


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KATHLEENKDC 2/29/2008 9:21PM

    Awesome! THanks for making it so you can google and spark page your search..that is perfect!
I love this site thanks for all the wonderful things you do!

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50FITNFUN 2/29/2008 9:15PM

    Absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE having the new homepage! So much easier than having to sign in on one page then pull up my list of favorites, click on Sparks and then have to sign into Sparks. Now, Sparks comes up as my homepage and I only have to sign in once! Thanks for making it easier!

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GBABYPRO1 2/29/2008 7:55PM


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MSRUBY66 2/29/2008 7:32PM

    does anyone else get the blog page popping up at same time as homepage?

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TNLADY1960 2/29/2008 6:08PM

    I love having Sparkpeople as my homepage it is so convenient.

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BNASCIMENTO 2/29/2008 5:15PM

  I know that God will help you through your weight loss.

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JOYSGARDEN 2/29/2008 5:01PM

    Well, I think I made it my homepage. I'm not too computer savvy, so I probably wiped out something I shouldn't have! Time will tell!

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NAUGHTYNURSE69 2/29/2008 4:23PM

  Thanks I have it set up so i have to web pages that come up its great

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RAVON27 2/29/2008 4:15PM

    My husband didn't want it as our homepage either. Then I realized you can add links to it. He's very unsavvy when it comes to the computer. Now he just has to click on his page and volia!

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FOFFY1010 2/29/2008 4:13PM

  My husband does not want this as our home page. Can I give back the 25 points and return to the way things were yesterday?

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DARKFEARY474 2/29/2008 4:03PM

    Cool Idea! ,, Its now my Homepage also :o) Thanks a Bunch!

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RONI3674 2/29/2008 3:55PM

  Great!! This is now my homepage

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