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Zirtual’s Virtual Assistants make side deals with former users after Zirtual announces ‘pause’

Looks like people are still making things work! Some were able to keep the relationship with their old Virtual Assistants!

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Zirtual Users desperately try and keep their accounts live after shutdown

With the suprise Monday morning Aug 10th shutdown announcement  of the virtual assistant platform Zirtual, many Zirtual Assistants are desperatly trying to contact their users while all Zirtual employees find themselves all locked out of their Zirtual Assistant accounts. Meaning they have no way to reach the users they built a lover relationship over the months, even year(s).

Both former users and employees are mad as hell about this lack of communication.

Many users trying to broker a backdoor deal to somehow keep their Zirtual assistants services live.


Zirtual a virtual assistant service is ‘pausing operations’ leaving their users high and dry

Early Monday morning Zirtual the very popular virtual assistant service focussed on connecting its users with USA based virtual assistants, made an announment that they will be ‘pausing operations’

Meaning all users (including myself) woke up this Monday with word that their virtual assistant is ‘paused’ or as Zirtual like(d) to call them, Zirtual Assistants, or ZA’s.

They did offer an email address for you to try and reach out individually to your former ZA. It felt similar to when a terrible situation would happen to a classmate when you were in school and they would bring counselors in to help you work through situation. Reflected in this statment made by Zirtual:

“We know that many of you care deeply about your Zirtual Assistants. If you would like to connect with your assistant independently, please reach out to:”

Without any idea as to what has happened only knowing that Zirtual committed social suicide, by killing their social media accounts on both Twitter and Facebook. One can only speculate on what has happened.


Turns out even the employees of Zirtual did not know!!! Many of them still think it must have been a hack or spam!

Pay it Forward Person of the Week 3/16/2012: Corey Oostveen

Pay it Forward Person of the Week 3/16/2012: Corey Oostveen

Mar 16, 2012 — GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A Grand Valley State Senior is wearing a lot of different hats to give back to the community: full-time student, worker and full-time volunteer.

Corey Oostveen prides himself on volunteering more than 200 hours every year, despite a hectic schedule.

“I’d be lying… if I didn’t say I wasn’t stressed out at times, but it’s stuff I enjoy and it’s stuff that I love,” Oostveen told FOX 17 News. “So, I don’t even see it as much of a choice for me to make.” Oostveen spends between 10-15 hours a week as a volunteer coach with the community non-profit Code Red Robotics. The 22-year-old helps to mentor and teach kids ranging from elementary to high school age on how to build robots and get hands-on engineering experience.

“I’ve learned a lot from Corey, he’s the best teacher, and coach I’ve had for robotcs yet I think,” said eight-grader Michael Spoehr, who participates in the program. “He’s really helpful, he gives us a lot of good tips and guidance, on how we can do things better.” Oostveen also steps away from campus to pay it forward in other ways. He’s active in Relay for Life as his mother is a breast cancer survior. He also spent about a year and a half growing out his hair to donate to the organization Children With Hairloss.

How does he manage to make all his community service fit into his schedule? The GVSU student says he just sleeps less.

“That’s the main thing that I want to focus my energy on is giving back,” he explained. Even if it’s just an hour a week, I can still donate. Every little bit you can give back helps so much.” Oostveen graduates at the end of the year and plans to pursue a job in sales or engineering. He adds that he definitely plans to keep volunteering.

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