Update 11/11/11: Sadly, this site did not survive. I’ll leave the review up for comparison to other similar efforts.
Rating so far: B- (If there were more members, I would bump it up to a B+)
I have been exploring a brand new website recently called FetConnect.
The site is designed to look like and operate similarly to facebook. I was the 216th person to sign up and only the 2nd from Colorado.
I have done everything I can think of, but so far, I haven’t come across any “sorry, you have to give us money if you want to do that” pages, the way you do on most other “free” sites. That alone makes FetConnect one of the best new sites in years.
The site will not really be useful until many more people join, but so far, I am very optimistic. It seems like it will end up being somewhere between Fetlife and CollarMe as far as design is concerned. There is the groups and networking functions of Fetlife, with the people search and dating functions of CollarMe. And in many ways, it does both better.
For instance, the groups on FetConnect allow you to upload group photos and set criteria for who can join. And you can filter which parts of your profile can be seen by non-friends or certain types of friends, unlike either of the existing sites.
This is a promising new resource for our community. For now, I am supporting it. If any of you wanna add me there, I am dscross.