New social networking site, seek advice

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    Feb 09, 2012 5:29 AM GMT
    Hello everyone,

    I'm in the process of redeveloping my company's website and was curious if anyone had any advice on paid access vs. advertisement.

    I operate SoCal Social Club, which is a social and business network for LGBT professionals in LA. In addition to our social networking website that will soon launch in March, we host a variety of events from monthly mixers and dinner parties to community service and outdoor activities, to provide members with a more positive and non-sexual alternative to the gay scene. We're not a dating site or hook up site.

    So considering all that we offer, would it advisable to charge a monthly or annual fee or do you think that would scare off current members? How much would you be willing to pay annually?

    As I said, our site is currently under development, but you can check out our FB page at

    Thanks in advance for the feedback!
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    Feb 09, 2012 5:44 AM GMT
    For business/networking sites, it's best to offer the core features for free. And then offer a premium membership for advanced features. I think LinkedIn should be something you may want to model your site after. Just make sure the premium features are worth paying for. No one wants to pay for trivial features they can get through other sites for free.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Feb 09, 2012 7:45 AM GMT
    I read they think the 12 or so high school girls and 1 guy in upstate NY, who are all experiencing Tourette Syndrome tics, may be because of social network sitesicon_idea.gif I also read Erin Brockivich is taking on the case.

    There was a chemical spill nearby that was never remediated..hmmm
    We shall see.....

    There high school said it's from stress???