Well it's been over 5 months since the inception of "APrivateClub.com"...I really have to admit I had no idea what this was and will be honest, I wasn't that anxious in joining. Social networks are a really great way to stay connected and informed, they are also capable of making you feel like a brainwashed, over-dependent monkey. Last night, I decided to have a little "disconnected" time from my computer, but right before doing so, I joined APrivateClub and took a look around. For what it's worth (little) here are my two cents:
First off, the description (direct from the website):
"APrivateClub.com is an interactive social and cultural guide to New York City. Invited members are able to access selected events, art exhibits, fashion, films, books and restaurants.
All members must participate by writing reviews and submitting number ratings (scale 1-10). This requirement is in place so that APrivateClub.com provides the most up-to-date, comprehensive and exclusive content for members. If it has been 4 months since a member has submitted either a number rating or written review, they will lose access to the website."
A quick browse through the memberships show that this is a highly selective group of social friends based around ivy league colleges and the usual Trinity/Hotchkiss/Greenwich bunch. Make no mistake, this isn't a NEGATIVE thing. What's the saying "birds of a feather flock together"? It only makes sense that such a nichy group would want to share what they were doing in a highly exclusive manner on the web. Their launch party at the Chelsea Art Museum seemed to be a success. And their next event is scheduled for March 27th at the Hotel Rivington. Attire: "Creative Black Tie"...my fav (though my "creative" may be a bit off from theirs).
So the negative: another social website to manage and sort through. The upside: with some of the most "in the scene" socials promoting this site, it could very well become the American East coast version of the Euro-y "Asmallworld.net" that is obviously doing quite well. It's design is also very simple, sleek, and clean. This is quite refreshing from the hundreds of "hot friends" and "vampire" application invitations we receive on facebook, and don't even get me started on famegame.com