For younger people who might have less money, but aspire to a similarly elite lifestyle, there are other options.
These semi-elite social networks tend to feel like carbon copies of more popular, public apps.
“There’s a very small group of people who don’t really have anywhere to go online,” Wessels says.
“And that’s where The Marque comes in.” public than their popular counterparts, because they often involve connecting with strangers and don’t allow for anonymity the way most social networks do.
But recently, many real-world country clubs have seen membership stall or decline.
In 2016, reported that country clubs for golfers were suffering from the “golf recession” — rising membership fees and fewer amenities coupled with a declining interest in golf were frustrating long-term members while new membership stagnated.
At our events, everyone feels so relaxed because they’re surrounded by peers.” The price of relaxation? Like Best of All Worlds, The Marque operates under an invite-only membership process, but an invite isn’t enough to get you in the door.
After someone is recommended by an existing member, they must meet with Wessels or another Marque executive to determine their fit.
Wachtmeister says that unlike other social networks, Best of All Worlds delivers “privacy, intimacy and relevance” to its users.The social network Best of All Worlds is five years old (ancient by Silicon Valley standards) and has just a tiny fraction of the users its contemporaries like Facebook and Twitter have. In fact, the social network’s founder doesn’t really want any more members.Best of All Worlds (or BOAW, as its members call it) is one of several exclusive social networks for the internet’s 1 percent — an elite, close-knit group that most likely does not include you. Since the late 1800s, country clubs have provided a plush, invite-only space for the upper crust.It’s having the option to ignore people living lives wildly unlike your own.And this can seem ironic coming from the kinds of people who already have the least to fear online, and in the real world.