CouchSurfing is dead.
The link is to a letter from one of the founders of CouchSurfing, explaining how a series of computer problems brought the site/service/community to its knees. I signed up for CouchSurfing last fall after hearing about it from a classmate who is studying virtual tourism. I stayed with a CouchSurfer – Gabriela – in Porto, and had a CouchSurfer – John – stay at my place for a night or two earlier this month. I am truly saddened that this community is gone – the vision was so fantastic, and the realization must have been so rewarding. I hope that there will be a replacement – and soon. It was a wonderful asset – and a wonderful experience.