From the email:
“Since the launch of www.GISTearth.com in May 2009, the mission of the social network has been to provide members of the GIST global community with a place to give and receive support; make valuable connections and share personal experiences; as well as connect patient/caregivers members to patient advocacy groups for further support.
At this time, Novartis Oncology, sponsor of GIST Earth, has decided to close the social network (on or about May 15, 2013). The platform is not optimized for current technologies (such as mobile devices and tablets) which compromises the user experience and lessens the value of the platform.
Thank you for your participation, dedication and support of the GIST global community.
Your GIST Earth Team”
Surprised to see this community go by the wayside. The utilization must have not been there to justify continuing on.