Netropolitan Is Facebook For The Rich, Only A $9000 Fee To Join

Facebook has become too crowded and too mundane. With around 1.3 billion Facebook users, it’s understandable to be overwhelmed by everything and want to get away from it all. However, unlike Facebook which is looking to connect everyone to the internet, there is a new site called Netropolitan that focuses more on exclusivity and privacy.

The site, which launched today, was founded by composer and former conductor of the Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra James Touchi-Peters who wanted to provide a social media site for affluent and accomplished individuals. People wishing to join need only pay a mere $9,000 to join. Of that amount, $6,000 is the initiation fee and the remaining $3,000 is for the annual membership fee which users will continue to pay.

Netropolitan also requires that its members be at least 21 years old and use their real names, cities of residence, and background. Once these requirements have been met, users will be able to form groups and have access to posts and status updates by other users.

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So what does the initiation and annual fee get you? For starters, Netropolitan will offer an ad-free experience and will not promote any kind of paid promotions to its members. However, it will allow the creation of groups by businesses in which members can advertise to each other under certain guidelines. There will also be moderators who will be active at all times to curtail bad behavior such as spamming ads for a business.

Explaining why he created the site, Touchi-Peters told CNN, “I saw a need for an environment where you could talk about the finer things in life without backlash -- an environment where people could share similar likes and experiences.”

He went on to compare the site as being an online country club adding, “We view in the same light as any country club out there. They have initiation fees and yearly dues for members. Netropolitan is an online country club, focused on connecting members around the world. We believe there is a need for a community like this, and we are filling the need."