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Elitism on Facebook

Cool Enough For ClubOne?

— September 26, 2007 — Pop Culture
For a lot of people, Facebook is a convenient way to keep in touch with others. But Zach Wade also suspected that an equal amount of users use their Facebook profile to project "an ideal image of themselves". In other words, they want the most friends, they want the most wall posts and they want to look like they are a 'somebody'.

To exploit this particular niche, Zach established an intentionally divisive and possibly controversial application known as Club One.

A Club One membership "guarantees you exclusive access to a hidden network of peers at your caliber. Among them are movers and shakers that will be or already are the powerbrokers, celebrity, or wealth of the online world. Club One provides a secret venue for communication among this select community". Zach notes that the club's actual purpose is simply to connect cool people.

To become a part of the club you must apply to a waitlist where your Facebook profile is "reviewed". You can also add Zach as a friend so he can personally review your profile. And the more people you invite to the club, the faster your review process will be.

Since its launch, Zach has received dozens of hate mail, dozens of flatterers lobbying to get in and dozens of impatient messages demanding to know if people have made the cut.

As Zach notes, "sociologically, it is an interesting phenomenon. People's curiosity drives them to apply, but even more powerful a motivation are people's egos".