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There’s A Facebook Clone That Charges $9,000 For Membership

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If you’re tired of rubbing elbows online with nothing but, you know, regular people, you’re going to want to take a look at Netropolitan. It’s an exclusive social network that charges $9,000 to enter. $6,000 of that is the initiation fee, then it’s $3,000 annually. In exchange for all those dollars, you gain access to “the online country club for people with more money than time”. But instead of a spa, jacuzzi, free towels, and rudimentary gym equipment (typical country club amenities), you’ll get to socialize with people just as, uh, special as you.

Netropolitan’s founder, James Touchi-Peters, 48, a composer and former conductor of the Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra, said he had trouble finding people to whom he could relate on other social sites. “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 said.

The hefty initiation fee, he said, “ensures that our membership remains exclusive, but also private.”

Members must be at least 21 years old and must register using their real names. Once in, they may form groups around common interests, but will have access to posts and status updates by all other users. There are no ads, the site is not indexed by search engines, and moderators are active at all times to police bad behavior (like spamming ads for your own business).

Allegedly, the site has already attract hundreds of members, although you can’t really check it out right this minute since it seems to be down.

[ Netropolitan ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Fan Of Reading? Amazon Launches Kindle Unlimited

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If you’re on this website reading the words rather than just looking at the pretty pictures, there’s a chance you’re also into reading other stuff. Like, you know, books. Amazon has recently announced the launch of Kindle Unlimited. For $9.99 a month, you’ll have unlimited access to their entire library of digital books, more than 600,000 strong. Additionally, you’ll receive a 3-month membership to Audible, where you have access to yet another library of professionally narrated audiobooks. This works across devices, and not just on the Kindle family of products. That means tablets, cellphones, and even computers.

The kick in the nuts, however, is that if you’re not living in the states, you’re out of luck for the moment. Still, the company claims to have plans to expand the service, so stay tuned.

[ Kindle Unlimited ] VIA [ UberGizmo ]

You Can Explore The Colorado River In Google Street View

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Some lucky Google employees (in partnership with American Rivers) have spent some time going down the Colorado river with their imaging equipment, this much is clear. Because it seems that you can now explore the famous waterway in all its glory from the comfort of your home. No need to spend on pricey helicopter tours, or even getting a single drop of water on your nature-averse body. Click, point, and pan all you want folks, the river that carved the Grand Canyon awaits your 21st century explorer spirit.

[ Colorado River Street View ] AND [ Google Blog Post ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Google’s Interactive Music Timeline Will Drive Music Nerds Crazy

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Fancy yourself a music aficionado? You might want to head on over to Google’s Research blog and take a look at the fantastic interactive music timeline they’ve developed. You can see the ebb and flow in popularity of several music genres and sub-genres. You can click trough and drill down each one, and are presented with quintessential examples for each. It’s extremely well done, meticulously researched, and chock full of so much data that it would take days to go over all of it. And of course, provided you live in a country where Google has the rights to play the music, you can listen to any of it at the press of a button. It’s about as exciting a course in music history as we’ve ever seen.

[ Google's Music Timeline ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Your Social Media Presence Has Turned Into An Obsession? Fliike Has Got You Covered

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The Fliike is an old-school mechanical counter. What it counts, however, is not so old-school: it’ll keep a tally of how many likes your Facebook profile has garnered. You simply plug it in, setup WiFi, give it access to your account, and lean back. It’ll serve as a glowing reminder that an intervention may be in order sometime soon, and will tell all your IRL friends just what sort of person you are. We’re thinking that if you need that much validation from online strangers and not-so-strangers, maybe you should altogether forgo IRL friends. IRL friends, after all, show their appreciation for your presence through actions and deeds, and not just the press of a virtual on-screen button; that could be a little too much to handle, don’t you think? In any case, if the Fliike is calling your name, it’ll cost you $390. That’s right. $390.

(We’re really hoping this is a hoax.)

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Uncrate ]

What If Superheroes Had Instagram?

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I’m an aging fart. Well, I feel that way at 32 anyway, and all the more so since I never got into Instagram. I just don’t see the appeal in documenting the food I ingest and sharing it with my friends. Maybe it’s because I really don’t care what you eat, and I assume you wouldn’t either. Anyway, enough burying the lede. This is a series of funny pictures of what the Instagram of some superheroes might look like, if, you know, superheroes weren’t aging farts like me.

Hit the jump for a bunch more.

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Giant Flowchart Helps You Find Content To Watch On Netflix

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The common wisdom is that you generally spend more time looking for stuff to watch on Netflix than you do actually watching anything. And even though the company has spent tremendous amounts perfecting its algorithm (even handing out $1 million back in 2009), that doesn’t mean it’s perfect. Of course this should give you some perspective about the above flowchart’s ability to actually find you some good content. For one, it’s made by some folks over at Silver Oak Casino. Flowcharts are like infographics these days: hastily made gimmicks to draw some traffic, and this is likely no exception, so take it with a grain of salt. That said, clearly a lot of work went into this one, and some of its suggestions are solid. Breaking Bad, House of Cards, Law and Order and other decent shows are arrived at through a pretty sound decision-making tree. Yeah, not everyone is going to be happy with it, but if you’re at home wondering what to watch, why not give this a try?

We’re including a 740px wide version after the jump, and if you click on the image, it’ll take you to a large 6.6MB HD copy (which doesn’t even seem to fit in this MBA’s screen for some reason…).

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What Not To Do: Cheating On Your Exams With An Aquafina Bottle Label

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A good portion of OhGizmo’s readership is currently entering or in the midst of exam season. So, kids, here’s how to throw away your tuition money: by cheating. Because everyone knows that college is not at all about learning, but all about passing exams, we’ve come across a website that helps you get away with it in a most ingenious fashion. Just replace the text in the Aquafina bottle label you see above with things that’ll help you pass, print it out, and stick it on your bottle. How the invigilators won’t notice that your label is paper instead of plastic, we don’t know. And just how you’ll be able to keep your head up at graduation, knowing that diploma isn’t even worth the paper it’s printed on, we don’t know either. But the ingenuity of it intrigued us.

[ Aquafina Cheat Sheet ] VIA [ Geekologie ]

I Can Has Twitter In LOLCat?

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If you’re tired of reading Twitter in good ole English, you can now select LOLCat instead. Simply go to Settings, Language (dropdown menu) and select LOLCat – LOLCATZ (Beta). Just like that, every part of the website will be written in the way cute cats on the Internet have learned to speak. Twitter is now TWTTR and a conversation is a CONVERSASHUN, for instance. It won’t go and translate your past Tweets (or even new ones going forward), but only the website itself. If you want to speak like a cute Internet cat yourself, we’ll include a link to a LOlCat translator below.

[ LOLCst Translator ] VIA [ Engadget ]