Me to everyone: Be wary of the virtual nothing
As I was walking down the stairs
I met a man who wasn’t there
He wasn’t there again today
I wish, I wish he’d stay away
I just joined me2everyone.com, a new social network from the UK that many voices on the Internet say will not only be bigger than Google, but will also provide me with passive income for life. me2everyone is a “cool, new virtual world where I can meet friends, chat, shop, play, watch videos, create an art gallery, open a virtual newspaper, and make money from my own online store.” They say I get to make the decisions, shape the world, create real incomes and share in the profits.
The best part is that I get shares – a currency called “ripples” — just for signing up. I can purchase additional shares, of course, which help capitalize a members-owned company. If I encourage others to join, I get bonus ripples, which is why so many people have emailed me about me2everyone. me2everyone even provides the text – “something incredible has arrived” – to send to friends and make them rich, too.
It looks like a couple of hundred thousand people have signed on in a few weeks, a good start on the way to 200 million members by 2012.
The problem is that me2everyone currently exists only in a pre-beta world of hyperbolic virtual marketing. Social networkers are buying buzz. Evangelists spin threads of the popular hype of me2everyone’s stealth marketers. Some skeptical reviews have been deleted or flamed, and the Wikipedia entry has been deleted.
Enough skepticism. I’m ready for the launch. Time to follow my investment and start getting rich. Just the way Bernie Madoff’s clients did.
Dale is co-founder emeritus of We Media.