Netroplitan, a new social network that is branding itself as an exclusive online country club for rich people, has announced itself this week. What makes it so exclusive? The membership fee is a smooth 9k to start off, with recurring annual payments of 3k thereafter. The only thing accessible to the general unwashed masses is a view of the login screen at the social website, Netropolitan.club, a simple form on a white screen. Netropolitan.info is a site devoted to explaining what Netropolitan.club is – a basic-templated WordPress site headlined with an image of (rich looking??) people sipping white wine on a private jet and highlighting the app on a tablet.
The service was created by James Touchi-Peters, a Manhattan-based composer. Perks of the service include freedom from all third-party advertising, preservation of member-privacy, an adults-only community (only individuals over the age of 21 are allowed to join), and highly moderated and controlled posting environments. What does this all provide for exclusive members? “[Netropolitan] is designed to be the place to talk about your last European vacation or new car without the backlash.” says Touchi-Peters. #FirstWordProblems much?
Personally, if I had the type of capital to
waste spend on a site like this, I would want a little more refinement in the materials presenting the site. So far, the only preview to public audiences is screenshots of the same basic social screen replicated across all standard devices. I’m making no claims on the actual legitimacy of the site, but at this point it smacks more of an elaborate scam than anything else. Not so, says the founder, “This is 100% real, and I believe there is a need and an audience for this service” says Touchi-Peters as quoted on CNN.