5 Things You Didn't Know About Classmates
- Classmates covers over 57 million people, and the service allows you to search by maiden name to help find people you knew from your school.
- The Yearbook Project was started in 2010. The goal was to bring America's yearbooks online. Currently, they have over 250,000 high school yearbooks available online.
- The company blog is a good place to visit to find information on reunions, celebrity yearbook photos and fun articles on the nostalgia of school.
- The company has the largest directory of high school class lists available anywhere. Keep checking back if they don't have your high school available online.
- The company provides information on their blog to help you donate to charities and make school more affordable for poor families.
How to Redeem a Coupon Code at Classmates.com
Before you can use a coupon code, you must search for your high school class and then register for a free account. Once you register for an account, you can customize your profile by adding a photo and updating your contact information. There are subscription purchase options for online viewing, and some yearbooks offer the option to buy a hard copy. Promo codes can only be used on orders that require shipping such as yearbook reprints.
- Select the book you wish to purchase, and click the 'Own This Book' link.
- Choose whether you want a hardcover or softcover version of the book. The option isn't available for all books.
- Click the 'Continue to Checkout' button.
- Input your promo code into the 'Promotion Code:" text field and click 'Apply."
- Click the 'Checkout' button and provide your billing, shipping and payment information to complete the checkout process.
Classmates was founded in 1995 by Randy Conrads. It's similar to other social media sites like Facebook and LinkedIn, but with a unique focus on nostalgic offerings and connecting with high school friends. Initially, it was intended to help people from all grade levels, the U.S. military and workplaces find each other. In 2010, the company changed its focus and decided to concentrate on a push toward nostalgic offerings. This resulted in a fork of the Classmates website and one called Memory Lane. The company regularly seeks out yearbooks as a way of increasing their collections, and it provides an option to view the collections entirely online for a subscription fee or a way to purchase past yearbooks.
The company protects user privacy, although the site is set up to encourage the use of real names. Since you need to input your real name from high school to take advantage of the advanced offerings, many people are motivated to include real information. Email addresses are protected using a double-blind system to protect private member information. You can choose to share your information with others, but it must be self-disclosed.
The basic registration is free. When you register for the website, you're able to use the social network to search for your friends. It's also possible to post to message boards, find out about reunions and perform other basic tasks. The main limitation to a free account is the inability to initiate real contact with any of the other members. A paid membership is required to send emails, view member profiles and read emails that are delivered. Once you're a paid member, you can do anything you wish on the website. It's possible to view timelines, photos, biographies, profile data, timeline, announcements and interests. The site also offers some basic analytics, so you can view who has checkout out your profile, see who signed your guest book and use tools to plan private reunions. Once you pay for a subscription, the site works much like a premium version of Facebook.
The site specializes in printing and selling past yearbooks. Once you find your yearbook, there is generally an option to access it online or have it printed. You can choose between a softcover and hardcover book in most cases. If your yearbook isn't yet available, keep checking with the website. They continually add new books to their database, and if you complete your profile correctly, you can be notified when updates are available. The best way to visit the website and search for items is by using a desktop computer. The site isn't optimized for a mobile device since there are too many variables required when searching to make it mobile-friendly.
The yearbooks you purchase are previously owned yearbooks. This means that in some cases, there may be some handwriting in the books. The yearbook is also a reprint, so it won't look exactly like the original. However, any pages that were originally printed in color will still be printed in color. It's not possible to turn a black and white yearbook into a color yearbook. The main purpose for the service is to provide access to a yearbook that may otherwise be lost forever since most schools don't make past yearbooks available for reprint. The yearbook includes the cover, but in some cases, there may be pages missing. This is typically only the case with older yearbooks. The company works hard to pull from several different yearbooks and present the customer with one clean version of the yearbook.
Cancellation of membership can be done through an online system. For free memberships, there is a cancellation link within the customer service help center. Once you click the link, you're directed to a page that asks why you wish to cancel your account. Then, simply select the option to remove your registration. Paid members can cancel their account through their accounting and billing page. Simply select the option to "Turn Off Automatic Renewal" to cancel your subscription.
The following video provides information on how you can find past classmates, learn about reunions and use the service. The basic tour also shows you how to purchase a yearbook.
Classmates Social Media Links
Classmates.com on Facebook: The Facebook page for Classmates contains several articles, tips and tricks for getting in contact with past classmates. Find out about the latest yearbooks added, view celebrity photos and learn how you can donate to verified charities. Posts are updated regularly, and you can also find out about special deals and other discounts.
Classmates.com on Twitter: The Twitter page provides regular posts on famous celebrities and other people of interest. Find out what your favorite celebrities looked like in high school, and share the photos with your friends. The Twitter page also offers links to helpful columns on how to plan for a reunion and some fun quizzes to help you pass the time.
Classmates.com on Google+: The Google+ page for Classmates has a few videos you can check out, but it's mostly dedicated to background information about celebrities. Find out how many of your favorite celebrities got their start, and view their yearbook photos to see how they changed over the years.
Classmates.com on Pinterest: On Pinterest, you can view the editorial board's favorite snapshots. The company divides the page up into the month that the subject was born. This makes it possible to find a celebrity that shares your birthday or your birth month.
Classmates.com on Instagram: The Instagram page posts celebrity headshots and photos from past yearbooks. Most of the photos are of celebrities, but you can also find the occasional company photo to learn about the Classmates crew.
Classmates Contact Info
1501 4th Ave Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98101
Telephone Number: (206) 301-5700 or (425) 917-5000
Fax: (206) 301-5701