MeetMe, formerly MyYearbook, is a social media site primarily aimed towards teens. It features many activities which help teens make friends and meet people. It even helps with the teen dating seen, as it allows teens to secretly admire one another. If two people secretly admire each other it will send them a message congratulating them and encouraging them to hold a conversation. MeetMe also has a virtual economy called “LunchMoney” which users can spend on virtual gifts, stickers, charitable donations and more. The site also offers games, television shows, and image battles. Users can also engage with MyMag: users will write articles, and then professional editors select, edit, and feature the articles that seem most relevant to the MeetMe audience. None of the features have changed with the name.
MeetMe was founded in 2005 by David and Catherine Cook while they were still in high school. They also enlisted the help of their older brother Geoff, who had already founded two successful sites. The site was originally intended as an electronic yearbook equivalent. Now, the site enjoys 50,000 new members a day and has over 40 million existing members.
MeetMe is very similar to Facebook, though the focus is fun. The audience is different as well since this social network is geared towards the younger set. Much of the focus of the app is driven towards getting people to engage outside of their normal networks, driving people to meet one another. The founders insist they are a social network instead of a social utility, though in reality it is difficult to see where the difference truly lies.
The MeetMe experience will change depending upon when you visit as the site is under heavy renovations. However, the site is known for loading quickly. An abundance of things to do lends to the sense of fun and adventure. Older audiences might get overwhelmed by the clashing colors and overabundance of choices.
Users register by adding their first name, last name, e-mail address, password, zip code, gender, and birthday. Users are also asked to agree to the terms and conditions of the site before joining.
MeetMe membership is free. However, most of the site runs directly on the Lunch Money virtual economy. Users can earn some Lunch Money with contests and activities. However, purchasing Lunch Money offers the quickest, easiest route to obtaining some. Users can spend $9.99 to get $1,000,000 Lunch Money credits. Users can pay via credit card, text message, or PayPal.
Teens who are looking for a new place to meet other people will really enjoy MeetMe. Nothing about the site’s new, expanded mission or name indicates that the older set will find anything to engage with here. However, it’s a good, safe environment for teens to talk and connect with one another, and it creates many ways for teens to play and connect. People who already have a huge presence on other Social Media networks might find MeetMe somewhat redundant, however. In the end, MeetMe will be a matter of personal preference for teens.