Friday, April 20, 2012
Problems with spanking social sites
The idea of spanking personal ads has been around for a long time. ShadowLane had a spanking personals site. There are a few others with ambitions that have come and gone. Most forums have a section for personal ads that's hardly ever visited. However, there are a few sites worth mentioning, though they all have significant problems.
When you type spanko into google, the first entry you get is spanko.net. It used to be called SIN a/k/a Spanking Internet Network -I think. (And yes, less than a week after a post complaining about the word "spanko" I'm using it in three times in the first two sentences of this paragraph I guess the word serves its purpose).
Spanko.net is an all-encompassing site with a forum, and movies, and a great chatroom, and a social network aspect plus personal ads. You could pay a premium for the ability to watch the movies, but I never did. I have tons of movies downloaded over the years and just never cared about what they had on there enough to do so. Never had much luck with their personal ads either, but did make some nice acquaintances, and the chatroom there is probably the best for spanking chat (and has been for a long time). I liked to be able to chat with someone and be able to look up their profile. Most people had a profile pic of some sort. You could click on a link and see who had viewed your profile, which was pretty cool. It could be a way of "flirting" without sending gay-ass "winks" to each other.
However, all that changed a couple of weeks ago. Now you have to buy the $19.95/month subscription in order to have your profile pic shown. If you don't it looks like this:
Yup, now it's just the site's logo. Secret Spanko tip: If you're on one of these sites, it is (or was) possible to submit a profile pic that conveys (conveyed) lots of information without revealing your identity. I had a snippet of a larger picture that showed me standing and looking away from the camera. It revealed that I was relatively height/weight proportionate, my race, that I'm clean cut, and probably confirmed a little about my age and height too.
What's worse though, is that now the "who's viewed you" link, which used to show handles, the date they viewed you, and their profile pic if they had one, now shows this...
Yes, you have to become a premium member to see who's viewed you. Not only that, but thanks to the software upgrade, all your old messages are lost. Bummer. I'll be spending a lot less time there. They still have the popular chatroom, though.
Spankfinder has a completely different problem. It's a more popular site in terms of number of people, and I truly salute them for what they did. I had my first real-life spanking encounters as a result of meeting people on there. But the site is totally free without ads, and can't really support itself. The software is apparently pretty clunky, and the site is slow. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles that you might expect for a social networking site Although it appears that there were 25 new folks that joined last week, from my experience, the site has dwindling numbers, and the owners haven't really updated it in a few years.
However, based on the best I can glean, and not having first-hand knowledge of the situation, the folks behind spankfinder are trying a new model that they are updating and that does have all the bells and whistles. It's a very reasonable membership fee, after the initial free 30 day trial, I think about $5/month. I'd be willing to pay that, except... well, there's nobody there. It would be throwing my money at a good concept, but one which would give me very little chance of succeeding in finding a play partner. I'd be willing to pay that for a service of joining a site to meet people, but I'm not sure I'm willing to pay that just to invest in the hopes that someday it grows into the service that I'm hoping it might become.
The stats show there are over 1,000 members, with 79 new this month, but that's only about 1/6 of those on the old spankfinder site. Based on usual odds, I'm guessing that represents about 250 women and 750 men. Divided among geographic areas, your odds of finding a real life person to spank are pretty slim. Also, my bet is that most of those are there for the free trial and will quickly disappear. Unfortunately, I don't know what the answer is. I'm not sure if it's technically feasible to transfer profiles from the older site to the newer one or something. Again, I salute the owners for trying, but the result is a little frustrating. Just thought I'd share- please let me know in the comments about your experience with these spanking personals sites.
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