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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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  • MA_DIDDLES
    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
    3055 days ago
  • TOBEABETTERME08
    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
    3132 days ago
  • PEGGYO4
    Hi All, It is awesome!!!!
    3133 days ago
  • PEGGYLYNN2
    SPARK GUY YOU ARE GREAT.I LOVE SPARKS.
    PEGGY
    3134 days ago
  • ANNIERENAE
    Life is short, Spark Guy, thanks for helping us to choose well!
    3134 days ago
  • MEETEEMARIE
    what a guy ..... spark guy... take it to the top!!!
    3135 days ago
  • TAYHAY43
    Sparkguy...your my hero.
    3135 days ago
  • YOOPERSISTER
    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.
    3136 days ago
  • DENESTIA
    You Rock Sparkguy!!!!
    3137 days ago
  • SKINNYNANNY
    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
    3138 days ago
  • MRS_TOAD
    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.


    3140 days ago
  • GABBYINKS
    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
    3142 days ago
  • ISAIAHMOMMY
    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!!
    3142 days ago
  • SHAUNA44
    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!
    3145 days ago
  • CHERILYNS
    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!!
    3145 days ago
  • KAOSRULES
    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
    3146 days ago
  • WRITERMOMMY3
    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
    3148 days ago
  • TZH4145
    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.
    3148 days ago
  • COUNTINGTHREADS
    Fantastic! Thanks so much. I am loving sparkpeople more all the time!
    3149 days ago
  • FULLOLAUGHS
    Just when you think it can't get any better.....Thanks!
    3150 days ago
  • LOTTLOTT
    Absolutely Great, I like the extra incentive. GO SPARKPEOPLE
    3150 days ago
  • LITTLE_DEBBIE
    Great stuff! Thanks, SparkGuy!
    3150 days ago
  • JACKIE4019
    Wow, such cool stuff.
    3150 days ago
  • LAVERNE15
    Thanks for the goodies & all who keep us going! LaVerne
    3150 days ago
  • MAJKOVA
    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
    3152 days ago
  • MGUTNICK
    SPARKPEOPLE is an amazing weight loss program. It offers so much for me and this new component is such an upper!
    Marcia
    3153 days ago
  • SKATERGIRL3
    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.

    3153 days ago
  • NEWWAY1
    These are great! SP justs gets better and better! Thank you so much for all you do!
    3153 days ago
  • ROSEGARDEN6
    Thank you for these goodies and upgrades! WOOHOO!

    Oh, and if you add roses, please add YELLOW roses too! =D
    3153 days ago
  • ROBINS-NEST
    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!



    3153 days ago
  • MOVETHESCALE
    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!
    3153 days ago
  • DEBBEV
    Thanks for the fun new features! I love them.
    3153 days ago
  • DOITFORME4
    Thank you. These are three changes that really matter.
    3153 days ago
  • CSONIA
    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.
    3153 days ago
  • MSTIGGERFAN
    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.
    3153 days ago
  • LUNACELTA
    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!
    3153 days ago
  • CUSTOMBUILT55
    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!
    3153 days ago
  • QUEENET
    SOUNDS GOOD TO ME.
    3153 days ago
  • ALEXACOMSTOCK
    I love the new features, thanks!!!
    3153 days ago
  • AGOLDIE
    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!
    3153 days ago
  • BKP4166
    Thanks! I can't wait to try this. You folks do great work.
    3153 days ago
  • COLEMANSR
    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.
    3153 days ago
  • BACKAGAININ2010
    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!!
    3153 days ago
  • GRANDCRACKER
    THANKS SPARK;
    KEEP ON SPARKIN
    3153 days ago
  • ITSANEWME!
    Keep on Sparkin!

    3153 days ago
  • BRITTVFAN
    I have only been a member for 3 weeks and I just love this site and all the motivation I get from it.
    3153 days ago
  • EUNICEMONTEIRO
    Thank, this will help a lot.
    Thanks for all you do!
    3153 days ago
  • KOOCH4
    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
    3153 days ago
  • PARTTIMER
    WOW I love the new goodies.
    3153 days ago
  • FRANNIEDID
    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!
    3153 days ago
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