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2012-12-30 02:26:20 PM
created his own kid-friendly and safe version of Facebook, called www.GromSocial.com

Yeah? How's he going to ensure that?

Unlike Facebook, parents have to OK their children to sign up for GromSocial land they receive emails of all their children's postings and correspondence on the site.

Ah, so the young user will have to open a second email address pretending to be his parents. Yup...fool-proof plan ya got there, kid.
 
2012-12-30 02:47:46 PM
Don't you have to be 13 or older to sign up for Facebook anyway? What's the big deal.
 
2012-12-30 02:49:24 PM
just what every tween wants...to be labeled as a kid.
 
2012-12-30 02:50:08 PM
i don't know what's worse. smoking weed or having to learn PHP
 
2012-12-30 02:50:57 PM

jaylectricity: Ah, so the young user will have to open a second email address pretending to be his parents. Yup...fool-proof plan ya got there, kid.


He's 11. I doubt he has taken any college courses on entrepreneurship.
 
2012-12-30 02:51:20 PM
With blackjack and hookers! Ya know what? Forget the social media site!
 
2012-12-30 02:52:34 PM
lol didn't read the post all that well. sorry!
 
2012-12-30 02:52:55 PM
zzzzzzzzzzzzz
 
2012-12-30 02:55:25 PM
Oh yeah?  What are you going to do?  Start your own social networking site in your treehouse and get all your little friends to come?  I'd like to see that.  Ah, ha, ha, ha.
 
2012-12-30 02:58:07 PM
Kid whose parents banned him from Facebook starts his own social media site. His friends have already started the lawsuits

What friends might look like:
grom.mil.pl
 
2012-12-30 03:04:22 PM
that email the parents everything sound incredibly lame.
 
2012-12-30 03:04:44 PM
Radar Online story about the kid

The kid didn't "create" the site in the way you and I would expect. His family went to a web developer and the kid apparently told them the kinds of things he wanted to see included in the site.

His dad is already an entrepreneur and marketer of energy drinks.

I'm calling bullshiat on this being the kids creation. Dad's starting another company and using the kid as marketing collateral.
 
2012-12-30 03:05:10 PM
His parents did him a favor.
 
2012-12-30 03:07:08 PM
Sometimes I'm willing to re-think the whole "there's danger on the Internet" scenario.

Not too many decades ago, people would probably have wished for such a detached place to teach their children about dangers of the real world - rather than having to send them out into the world to learn about such dangers.

I guess it depends on whether one's definition of "the real world" includes words and images on the computer - or is it only the three-dimensional real-time existence we encounter when we walk out the door?

(Not a parent, never have been.)
 
2012-12-30 03:08:00 PM
FTA:

Zach's father, Darren Marks, founder of an energy drink and food company based in South Florida, immediately saw the potential for GromSocial in the multibillion-dollar social media market and officially registered it as a company in March.

This is Dad's baby. He puts the kids out front to sell it. I hope they can sue him and take it some day, lol.
 
2012-12-30 03:12:18 PM
Sounds about as fun as going to confession.
 
2012-12-30 03:14:47 PM

Cluckity: Radar Online story about the kid

The kid didn't "create" the site in the way you and I would expect. His family went to a web developer and the kid apparently told them the kinds of things he wanted to see included in the site.

His dad is already an entrepreneur and marketer of energy drinks.

I'm calling bullshiat on this being the kids creation. Dad's starting another company and using the kid as marketing collateral.


I didn't see the Radar story, but I came here to call shenanigans on the suggestion that the kid created the site and his dad just happened to think it would be a great new business venture.

Thanks for doing all the hard work and finding a link that proved my suspicions.
 
2012-12-30 03:16:24 PM
No Homers Club?
 
2012-12-30 03:19:31 PM
The last guy who made a kid's social networking site got bought out by Disney for some ridiculous amount of money. I think Dad wants in on that.

//Your kids know more about computers than you do.
///You can't win. They have porno and they are talking to strangers.
 
2012-12-30 03:20:07 PM
6800 subscribers in 3 months? Any one of us could start a site and have more than that in a month.. laughable. Especially with the guys money behind it.
 
2012-12-30 03:20:42 PM
Congrats on the 2,000 visitors a day. The homeless guy near near my office has a blog that gets more than that.
 
2012-12-30 03:22:30 PM

Cluckity: Radar Online story about the kid

The kid didn't "create" the site in the way you and I would expect. His family went to a web developer and the kid apparently told them the kinds of things he wanted to see included in the site.

His dad is already an entrepreneur and marketer of energy drinks.

I'm calling bullshiat on this being the kids creation. Dad's starting another company and using the kid as marketing collateral.



From the DNA Brands website:

DNA Brand Inc. Company Info Management Profiles
Darren M. Marks - President & Founder

As our Founder, President and CEO, Mr. Marks has and maintains strong ties to the action sports community. He has been instrumental in the development, production and marketing of the Company's initial product offering. He has been responsible for developing all our relationships in the action sports community as well as helping to create the image that we want to convey in the marketplace. As Executive Vice President of Royal Strategies and Solutions, Inc., our affiliated broker/distributor/consultant for the food, beverage, medical and health & beauty care industry, Mr. Marks has repeatedly demonstrated his ability to launch and grow new products.



And a pic of the kid's site:
www.clickorlando.com

Action Sports News, huh? LOL.
 
2012-12-30 03:26:00 PM
You/v heard the old saying " Ah to be young again..
I just signed up and I'm now 13.

/Suck it haters
// time to find me a g/f
/// Snert
 
2012-12-30 03:27:44 PM
wow .. And I spell like a 13 y/o too.. Life is good
 
2012-12-30 03:42:16 PM
I'd like to slap that stupid hat right off his head
 
2012-12-30 03:43:55 PM
"Grom, I have never prayed to you before. I have no tongue for it. No one, not even you will remember if we were good users or bad, why we posted, or why we trolled. No, all that matters is that one kid stood against many, that's what's important. Networking pleases you, Grom, so grant me one request, grant me AN IPO! And if you do not listen, then the hell with you!"
 
2012-12-30 03:44:23 PM
It would be a shame if GromSocial got a bunch of new members intent on posting nothing but porn and profanity.
 
2012-12-30 03:45:06 PM

gaspode: 6800 subscribers in 3 months? Any one of us could start a site and have more than that in a month.. laughable. Especially with the guys money behind it.


CruJones: Congrats on the 2,000 visitors a day. The homeless guy near near my office has a blog that gets more than that.


And those visitors are only averaging 3 page views each. Even Google Plus does better than that.
 
2012-12-30 04:05:36 PM

LDM90: I'd like to slap that stupid hat right off his head


I hate flat brim caps.

Kids always look like assholes every generation, so they get a pass I guess. I saw a picture of me in 4th grade the other day and...wow.

Adults who wear the flat brim hats just make it easy to spot who should not be taken seriously or given proper respect.

I guess that goes for all hip hop based fashion. Not doing yourselves any favors.
 
2012-12-30 04:24:36 PM

Jon iz teh kewl: i don't know what's worse. smoking weed or having to learn PHP


PHP
 
2012-12-30 04:48:28 PM

MassAsster: Jon iz teh kewl: i don't know what's worse. smoking weed or having to learn PHP

PHP


Trying to deal with PHP always makes me feel like I've smoked too much weed. I have no idea who thinks that's a good technology to use. I suppose it's good for job security though -- I can never understand any PHP code that someone else wrote.
 
2012-12-30 05:01:10 PM

LDM90: I'd like to slap that stupid hat right off his head


I like the way you think.
 
2012-12-30 05:47:05 PM

rightylefty: MassAsster: Jon iz teh kewl: i don't know what's worse. smoking weed or having to learn PHP

PHP

Trying to deal with PHP always makes me feel like I've smoked too much weed. I have no idea who thinks that's a good technology to use. I suppose it's good for job security though -- I can never understand any PHP code that someone else wrote.


PHP wasn't as bad to pick up as I'd imagined when I took my current job. Never tried pot so I can't compare.
 
2012-12-30 06:17:29 PM
So basically it's a site that lets parents spy on what their kids are posting all the time. What a subservient little kid lol!
 
2012-12-30 06:38:53 PM

Huck And Molly Ziegler: Sometimes I'm willing to re-think the whole "there's danger on the Internet" scenario.

Not too many decades ago, people would probably have wished for such a detached place to teach their children about dangers of the real world - rather than having to send them out into the world to learn about such dangers.

I guess it depends on whether one's definition of "the real world" includes words and images on the computer - or is it only the three-dimensional real-time existence we encounter when we walk out the door?

(Not a parent, never have been.)


I never really thunk it myself, but I totally agree with you here.  The Internet, no matter how reckless you are with it, its much more controlled than the real world.

Now, if I had kids, I wouldn't want them spending 100% of their social time online... I'd still insist they experience the real world.  And get all the bumps and bruises I got as I learned about life.
 
2012-12-30 07:20:26 PM

Cluckity: Radar Online story about the kid

The kid didn't "create" the site in the way you and I would expect. His family went to a web developer and the kid apparently told them the kinds of things he wanted to see included in the site.

His dad is already an entrepreneur and marketer of energy drinks.

I'm calling bullshiat on this being the kids creation. Dad's starting another company and using the kid as marketing collateral.


^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
(except isn't that *always* the case?)
 
2012-12-30 07:26:52 PM
One stop pedo shopping.
 
2012-12-30 08:00:19 PM
"Grom, which is what a surfer is called".

My ass.

I don't mean that surfers are called my ass, it's just that they're not called GROMS. The correct term for this sad 80's attempt at 'coolness' by poseurs who've never drank from the dirty ol' Wedge in February is "grommet". Also, surfers these days look back on those old terms as mostly shark-jumpingly obsolete. n00bs are called n00bs these days, since most surfers now use that thing called the internet. F*cking haoles.

/somebody ripped my stick
 
2012-12-30 08:33:09 PM
Yuk. Joomla as a platform, kid? You crazy.
 
2012-12-31 12:05:09 PM

gaspode: 6800 subscribers in 3 months? Any one of us could start a site and have more than that in a month.. laughable.


This is like the Studman69 reply for technology.

Even if what you're saying is true, which is questionable, you're bragging that you've got more business savvy than an ELEVEN YEAR OLD.

/Links to your successful site or STFU.
 
2012-12-31 02:59:51 PM

Cluckity: Radar Online story about the kid

The kid didn't "create" the site in the way you and I would expect. His family went to a web developer and the kid apparently told them the kinds of things he wanted to see included in the site..


Ugh. That makes it worse. The overly-busy, color-clashing, tasteless design was forgivable coming from a kid...
 
2012-12-31 03:17:03 PM

Pangea:

Even if what you're saying is true, which is questionable, you're bragging that you've got more business savvy than an ELEVEN YEAR OLD.

/Links to your successful site or STFU.


1: The kid has nothing to do with it, it is his fathers commercial project, and thus an utter failure.
2: I said any one of us, that includes you. Think about the billions on the internet and how pathetically few 6800 is. Think how easy to think of something a few thousand will buy into. or you could be like this guy and think of something that only a few thousand people in one area of australia even know/care about and wonder why you arent the new facebook..
 
2012-12-31 03:17:15 PM

rightylefty: MassAsster: Jon iz teh kewl: i don't know what's worse. smoking weed or having to learn PHP

PHP

Trying to deal with PHP always makes me feel like I've smoked too much weed. I have no idea who thinks that's a good technology to use. I suppose it's good for job security though -- I can never understand any PHP code that someone else wrote.


i dip my cigarettes in PHP. they call it formaldehyde or "wet" in da hood
 
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