I understand your point of view Almarma, and I sympathize. Unfortunately, I don’t think Springpad ever really meant to be an Evernote alternative — at least, not in the face of the juggernaut Evernote was becoming. They always intended to be something more, something that was contextual in nature. They always intended to take the digital notebook and give it life — and with the evolution of social media, it only made sense that they kept building in that direction.
As I mentioned in the beginning of my post, what Springpad has done with their functionality wasn’t really a change — they’ve had the infrastructure in place in some form since the beginning. They basically just took the gloves off, updated to fit modern standards and trends, and beefed up the social capability.
It may not be what you envisioned for the service — and I’ve been right where you are, so I understand — but to remain relevant and to grow into what they are meant to be, the change was needed. The alternative may have been that you were left with no Springpad at all — something that can happen overnight in the tech world (to a user perspective, anyway).
Give it a chance. They are a responsive company — they may well take your concerns and roll them in to a new iteration that suits both you and the direction of the company. :)