A Social Network for the Wealthy – $9,000 Joining Fee

Are you tired of non-rich people clogging up your newsfeed? Today is your lucky day!

I recently wrote an article asking if you would pay to use social media. I received a variety of answers and there definitely wasn’t a consensus.

Today, I read an article in Entrepreneur, Move Over, Facebook. Here Comes a Social Network for Rich People.” It’s called Netropolitan and it costs $9,000 and $3,000 to renew your annual membership. 

It’s the brainchild of James Touchi-Peters, a Minneapolis-based orchestra conductor, who said he had trouble finding an online place where he could communicate with people who share his interests according to ABC News.

The Lowdown:

  • Netropolitan, for the most part, is just like Facebook. You have the ability to post updates, start discussions and join groups. You don’t add friends though, you follow members you find “interesting”.
  • Their tagline is, “Netropolitan: The online country club for people with more money than time.”
  • Netropolitan is ad-free and there is no 3rd party advertising whatsoever. Members are allowed to create groups and members to advertise to each other but there are strict guidelines according to their website. The site will not be indexed by search engines either.
  • You can access Netropolitan from your desktop, laptop and tablet. They are “working on” apps for Android and iOS phones.
  • You have to be 21 or over to use the site and you have to use your real name.
  • In the FAQ section of the website, someone asks, “How many members does Netropolitan have?”. Netropolitan states that they preserve their members’ privacy and they will never publicly state the exact number of members in the club.
  • It has a built-in geolocation system that “optionally automatically determines your location on Earth each time you log in.” This works on smartphones as well as desktops and laptops. jcr
  • Netropolitan is a WordPress site and it officially launched on September 16, 2014.
Netropolitan isn’t going to last. They are smart to focus on a niche network but other than that, this is going to die soon. I find it funny (and unprofessional) that there is a media contact (Media Minefield) at the bottom of the page to contact for media inquiries.

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  • I thought this was a joke. But I just found them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NetropolitanClub

    They’re website doesn’t want to load for me though. I completely agree with you, Samantha, this won’t last long.

  • I like those you’ve mentioned Sam. I would add Buffer app to the mix because, as you know, jt allows us to share to all of our social media accounts, either right away, or scheduled at another time. I always follow this cross-posting recommendation with the strong suggestion for users to be aware of any interaction their posts might stir up, and to be available to interact with those who have commented, shared, ReTweeted or somehow interacted with us. Don’t be an absentee social networker, right?

  • Great resources, Sam! I’ve never used Instapaper, however, I like Pocket! It sounds like it has the same purpose.

  • Good post.

    I use Pocket rather than Instapaper, They do essentially the same thing.

    As an alternative to Alltop, I use FlipBoard and Feedly to find and curate content.

    IFTTT is a great tool as is Hootsuite.