Guest Author - Barbara Swiech
In January 2006 some students from the Silesian city in Poland decided to make an internet service, that would enable them to find their acquaintances and friends from classes that they attended. In the beginning the page was supposed to be a private space where only small group would meet.
It took almost a year to create the whole idea how the website would look like and work. In November eventually the website was put online – and everybody could make the website of their own school, with members of class, teachers etc. Although there have already been similar Polish websites (where friends could sign up and keep in touch) it was the first website in Poland that reminded the version of ‘classmates’.
The creators thought that the website would be especially used by people who recently graduated and do not want to lose contact with their mates. It appeared, however, that almost whole Poland went crazy for nasza-klasa.pl
People started recommending the page to their friends, and their friends recommended it to others. Soon almost every person in Poland heard about the website – and the most important news stations and programs in the country featured the history of the simple website that appeared to be the “hit” of the season. People were searching there not only friends from school but also kindergartens or from childhood. Even middle aged Poles, who were not used to and familiar with internet, were asking their children to make the account for them and sign them up for certain schools.
Joining nasza-klasa.pl provides you the space for signing up to your high school, university group, primary school and kindergarten. Apart from this you get your own email box to send messages to people who are also signed up. You can display your photos and make comments on photos of your friends and their profiles. Apart from this the class mates may chat in forum.
The Poles started to use this tool in many different ways. They get to know new friends here, create themed groups as well as groups of their place of work, clubs etc. The website holds also groups of surnames (for example if you are called Kowalski, you can sign up for a group of Kowalskis) where you can find your distant relations. It appeared soon that the website is used by employers who check their future employees there and etc.
Nasza-klasa.pl is the only website where you can easily find millions of Poles online! So if you search for anybody with whom you lost the contact, it is the best to start from this very site.