Whateverlife

Website review by
Carla Thornton, Common Sense Media
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Ambitious teen social network shows promise but needs work.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Positive Messages

The site's name is a little confusing. Most kids will think it refers to the popular sarcastic comeback, "whatever." According to the founder's blog, it's a shortened version of a motto,  "whatever life you want to lead," a nicer message if kids get it. In any case, the site's small but supportive kid-programmer community can give kids, especially girls, the self-confidence to try Web design.      

Violence
Sex

One old photo of Mark Wahlberg from his underwear modeling days, and come-hither profile photos of teen girls showing cleavage and kissing their boyfriends.

Language

Liberal use of OMG. One "bitch."

Consumerism

This not-quite-completed site is already overloaded with ads. None of the products are objectionable but there are banners on most pages, Google text ads and ads users have to click through before accessing certain parts of the site. Even user profiles have ads, in our case a 15-second Woolite commercial and a large teeth whitener ad. Like most kids’ social networks, this one awards points kids can use to buy schwag at a virtual mall and even lets kids buy points, called WhateverBucks, with real money. That's not all: the site asks kids for cash donations to keep it going, PayPal accepted.  

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this social networking site for teens was started by a Michigan girl and her pals who enjoy designing Web sites. Though not quite finished, it already has too much advertising, and we accidentally saw what might be evidence that the site intends to sell members' information.

In all other ways, Whateverlife seems safe and wholesome enough, with a full set of social networking tools coupled with a download page for kids interested in HTML. Its bubbly teen female founder gives it a nice girl-power kind of vibe. However, it's still in beta, so parents will want to keep an eye on how the community grows, especially Cupid Mail, a promised email option that matches "compatible" members.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymelissa09 January 11, 2010
love it
Teen, 16 years old Written byvyrgomd May 2, 2011

Need to clean up a bit.

I think it's an ok site. The pictures and language is disgusting, though. I mean, I've seen people cussing up a storm when I got on there. And the gir... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 16, 2011
its okay for older kids i guess but the first thing that happened when i got there i saw a boy and gurl french kissing and it loooked sooooooooo gross!

Is it any good?

It's too soon to tell whether Whateverlife will blossom into another Miss O & Friends or stall like so many new social networking sites. It has a lot of potential -- certainly the tools, once working, will give kids plenty of ways to safely interact -- but it might need more compelling seed content than free wallpaper and Myspace code. 

Online interaction: The beta version of the site was very quiet when we visited in October 2009. The chat room was empty and the message board was not yet working. However, the few posts up, mostly requests for specific types of wallpaper and a handful of events, were friendly and positive.
 

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