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Announcing SparkGoodies + 2 more Features


Thursday, February 07, 2008

Hi everyone!

We wanted to let you know about 3 new features and enhancements that we have added to the site today.

#1: SparkGoodies! Now, you can use the SparkPoints you earn to buy virtual “goodies” for yourself and others. We’re very excited for this new feature, which makes earning SparkPoints even more fun, and lets members reward themselves for their hard work and others for their support and accomplishments. You can learn more about how it works by reading this article or going to your SparkPage (Goodies are located on the left side below the photos).

#2: SparkTeams privacy. As of today, you can now choose which SparkTeams appear on your SparkPage. This was a frequent request by our members who want more privacy in terms of their interests, medical conditions and other lifestyle choices. What it means is this:

  • Private SparkTeams will never appear on your SparkPage for others to see.
  • You can choose to remove other public SparkTeams from your Page as well. If you belong to any SparkTeams that you don’t want to “publicize” for any reason, you won’t have to. To remove SparkTeams from your SparkPage, make sure you’re logged in and go to yourMy SparkTeams page. Uncheck the “Display on SparkPage” box next to any Teams that you don’t want to display on your SparkPage.


#3: SparkTeam Leader icons. This is a small enhancement. If you are a SparkTeam leader, a “leader” icon will appear on your SparkPage under that SparkTeam name. For example, since I lead the “Calling All Vegetarians” SparkTeam, people who visit my SparkPage will see that Team name/icon and that I’m the leader for that Team.

We hope that these new enhancements will make your experience at SparkPeople even better!
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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MA_DIDDLES 5/16/2008 3:37PM

    I do not understand why Private Spark Teams no longer show up on SparkPages. I have devoted hours and hours along with a co-leader in leading a Private SparkTeam - Now our Team Icon does not show up on the Team Members SparkPages. We feel like we have been ripped of our stripes and demoted. We no longer share the enthusiasm we once did for leading and promoting this team. I get the feeling SparkPeople is discouraging Private Teams.
I did inquire as to why, but don't feel I got a justifiable answeras to why SP decided to do this. Why can't the TeamMembers have the choice as to the Private Team Icon showing up on the SparkPage or not?

As a Team Leader, I know how much time can be spent by trying to lead a team. I honestly don't know where some of these leaders with families-careers-children find the time. I am retired and have quit chairing some of my Sports and Social Club events to be here for my Team Members. Our Team will be looking for a new Team Captain and Co-Leader to take over at the end of the month. A lot of our Team Members have already joined other challenge groups.

I think Team Leaders should be able to earn extra points for the time they put in being here for their Team Members. The points are usually used for incentive and motivation for team members anyway.

Don't forget to show your appreciation to your Team Leaders on occasion.
It can be a very time consuming endeaver to lead a team and so a pat on the back on occasion encourages them to stay and hang out and continue to lead. MA

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TOBEABETTERME08 2/29/2008 11:54AM

    I love the new features! Thanks for adding them. You all are doing a great job! I'm glad that I found this place.

God bless, Janeather

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PEGGYO4 2/28/2008 6:47AM

    Hi All, It is awesome!!!!

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PEGGYLYNN2 2/27/2008 12:57PM

    SPARK GUY YOU ARE GREAT.I LOVE SPARKS.
PEGGY

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ANNIERENAE 2/27/2008 2:00AM

    Life is short, Spark Guy, thanks for helping us to choose well!

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MEETEEMARIE 2/26/2008 2:43PM

    what a guy ..... spark guy... take it to the top!!!

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TAYHAY43 2/25/2008 10:24PM

    Sparkguy...your my hero.

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YOOPERSISTER 2/25/2008 12:41AM

    I dont know who came up with spark goodies, but it was a great idea. I totally love it. I use it frequently and always try to get as many spark points as i can. and one of my friends is working towards getting me a tiara! how cool is that! I love spark, it inspires me so much.

a huge thank you for a great site.

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DENESTIA 2/24/2008 8:34AM

    You Rock Sparkguy!!!!

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SKINNYNANNY 2/23/2008 10:00AM

    this sight is a true blessing to thousands. It is not just about weight loss, but about friendship, support and true community! my life is changed for ever, and I can't wait to inspire others to change their lives for the better also.!
thanks for the ministry and the outreach!
skinnynanny

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MRS_TOAD 2/21/2008 4:09PM

    Thanks so much for this user-friendly site. It is easy to navigate and has more information than I ever thought possible especially in one location. Thanks for investing yourself so fully for the purpose of helping us become more healthy individuals. You have changed an unknown number of lives and I for one am thankful.



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GABBYINKS 2/19/2008 11:24AM

    Just found this site and am speechless as to WOW!!! Chris -- this is fantastic. I have tried so many other sites without success and when I came here a few days ago, just KNEW I would be successful with my weight struggles here. Truly amazed at the great presentation, all the features that don't exist anywhere else, the ease of use and navigation - Well, I could go on and on, but the biggest thanks I'll be able to give you will come in the future --

when I'm off all medications, great shape and health and cute, adorable NANA before 60. Buahahahaha!!!

Thanks Chris -- PAM in Wichita, KS

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ISAIAHMOMMY 2/18/2008 10:20PM

  Thank you for creating this site. I LOVE IT. I have always looked for something like this but it costs hundreds of dollars, that is just too much for a college student! I have told all of my family about it and they have started using this site!! Thank you once again!!

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SHAUNA44 2/16/2008 10:02AM

    Chris, thank you , thank you , thank you! I am so fortunate ot have found this site, and we are all so fortunate that you are the type of person you are..... I am so amazed and impressed by your generosity and thoughtfulness... Best wishes to you and yours, and to all the Spark Team!

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CHERILYNS 2/16/2008 1:14AM

    I really love that private spark teams don't show up and we have more control over whether or not our teams show up... Thank you!!

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KAOSRULES 2/15/2008 10:13AM

  HELLO. I AM NEW TO SPARKS. I REALLY LOVE THIS SITE!!!! I CANT BELIEVE YOU GET ALL THIS INFO FOR FREE. i HAVE BEEN TRYING TO DO ALL THIS FOR A LITTLE OVER A WEEK AND HAVE LOST 6 LBS. THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!1

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WRITERMOMMY3 2/13/2008 1:44AM

    My mother joined first and started sending me info from this site. I was intrigued and had a few pounds to loose so I joined too. This a wonderful thing that you have done. It offers so much to so many different people. My favorite thing is the goodies: I'm addicted to getting Spark points so that I can "Spark" people every day. It's been fun. Thank you again

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TZH4145 2/12/2008 11:09PM

    Thank you for these new features on sparkpeople. I know that I will be using able to show which teams I want to, and thank you for the spark goodies.

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COUNTINGTHREADS 2/12/2008 10:08AM

    Fantastic! Thanks so much. I am loving sparkpeople more all the time!

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FULLOLAUGHS 2/11/2008 11:11AM

    Just when you think it can't get any better.....Thanks!

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LOTTLOTT 2/11/2008 9:08AM

  Absolutely Great, I like the extra incentive. GO SPARKPEOPLE

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LITTLE_DEBBIE 2/11/2008 1:08AM

    Great stuff! Thanks, SparkGuy!

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JACKIE4019 2/10/2008 10:46PM

    Wow, such cool stuff.

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LAVERNE15 2/10/2008 7:02PM

    Thanks for the goodies & all who keep us going! LaVerne

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MAJKOVA 2/9/2008 3:20PM

    I love Spark People and they became very imporstatnt part of my life. From enhancements I like mainly this idea about Spark Goodies - it is really great idea and I love it ! Liba

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MGUTNICK 2/8/2008 3:44PM

    SPARKPEOPLE is an amazing weight loss program. It offers so much for me and this new component is such an upper!
Marcia

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SKATERGIRL3 2/8/2008 12:52PM

  What a clever idea for the sparkgoodies you can now share your sparkpoints with others and get them a goodie! what a cool idea.
Thank you for the wonderful site.


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NEWWAY1 2/8/2008 8:33AM

    These are great! SP justs gets better and better! Thank you so much for all you do!

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ROSEGARDEN6 2/8/2008 3:16AM

  Thank you for these goodies and upgrades! WOOHOO!

Oh, and if you add roses, please add YELLOW roses too! =D

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ROBINS-NEST 2/8/2008 1:39AM

    OOOOOOH I have a few ideas!

Please add a massage!!!

and a few other cards... thinking of you, congratulations

How about a spark people T-shirt in a choice of colors?

And a bubble bath!

a red rose (and a pink and white one)

Thanks for all you do to help us be all we can!




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MOVETHESCALE 2/8/2008 1:10AM

    This is what is so great about SPARKPEOPLE, you are always making changes and improving this site. Listening to what members have to say or suggest and implementing them when possible. THANK YOU!

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DEBBEV 2/7/2008 11:33PM

    Thanks for the fun new features! I love them.

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DOITFORME4 2/7/2008 11:31PM

    Thank you. These are three changes that really matter.

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CSONIA 2/7/2008 11:08PM

  Thank you so much!
I was delighted as well as all my team mates.. I sent them a mass mail to all of my teams to make sure that they saw it..
What a nice surprise.. We all Thank you! Sonia, and Team mates.

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MSTIGGERFAN 2/7/2008 10:25PM

    Thanks so much for the new goodies. I think this will be great for these new members to help keep them motivated as well as the old members too.

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LUNACELTA 2/7/2008 8:34PM

    Thanks for all the great things you do for us! With a place like SP, what could be the reason for not wanting to change?

You're awesome!

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CUSTOMBUILT55 2/7/2008 8:29PM

    This is just great, thanks so much for the diversity in using SP!
I can't wait to see what you come up with next!

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QUEENET 2/7/2008 8:00PM

    SOUNDS GOOD TO ME.

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ALEXACOMSTOCK 2/7/2008 7:25PM

  I love the new features, thanks!!!

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AGOLDIE 2/7/2008 6:44PM

    I love the Goodies, but why can't we have the option to have our Private teams show on our home page too? I run a team that is a private one and have another private team but I'd still like them to show on my sparkpage!

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BKP4166 2/7/2008 6:11PM

    Thanks! I can't wait to try this. You folks do great work.

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COLEMANSR 2/7/2008 6:08PM

    Thank you all for so much that you do for us. This Goodie made my day.
I was actually in tears that someone thought of me. Thanks again.

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BACKAGAININ2010 2/7/2008 5:44PM

    When I logged on today two friends had sent me SparkGoodies -- made my day!! Can't wait to start sending goodies to friends! Spark People is probably saving my life!!

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GRANDCRACKER 2/7/2008 5:34PM

    THANKS SPARK;
KEEP ON SPARKIN

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ITSANEWME! 2/7/2008 5:26PM

    Keep on Sparkin!


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BRITTVFAN 2/7/2008 5:11PM

    I have only been a member for 3 weeks and I just love this site and all the motivation I get from it.

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EUNICEMONTEIRO 2/7/2008 5:03PM

    Thank, this will help a lot.
Thanks for all you do!

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KOOCH4 2/7/2008 4:35PM

    It really does just keep getting better at Spark People...

WOW, THANKS FOR THE GOODIES, THIS IS FANTABULOUS

HUGS TO ALL OF YOU FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK(((((((((())))))))

KOOCH4

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PARTTIMER 2/7/2008 4:23PM

    WOW I love the new goodies.

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FRANNIEDID 2/7/2008 4:21PM

    These are really great additions, thanks so much. I don't have any teams I would want private but I can definitely see why people would and Spark Goodies, how cool is that!

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