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FetLife is a social networking website that serves people interested in BDSM, fetishism, and kink. On its homepage, FetLife describes itself as, "Similar to Facebook and MySpace but run by kinksters like you and me." FetLife distinguishes itself from competitors by emphasizing itself as a social network rather than a dating site. FetLife is pansexual; everyone is welcome.
FetLife was launched in January 2008 by John Baku, a software engineer in Montreal, Quebec. Frustrated by attempts to find women who had the same sexual interests as he did, Baku created a website in 2007 called “FriendsWithFetishes”. While working on release 2.0 of FriendsWithFetishes, Baku decided to launch it as a separate site and named it FetLife.
In 2012, FetLife found itself at the center of a controversy regarding its policy that users pledge not to "make criminal accusations against another member in a public forum," which many of its users object to on the basis that it prevents them from warning each other about predatory users or illegal activities.
The limitations on search capability are cause of some user dissatisfaction. One can search for users with interest in fetish X and for users with location Y, but by design one cannot search for a user with interest X located in location Y. There is also no ability to search for users by age, gender, sexual orientation, or other personal characteristics other than profile name, nor can one search by neighborhood within a city.
Because of external pressures, about 40 words are blocked in the search for groups.
An account is required to view content on FetLife, although since membership is free the level of privacy offered by the site is minimal. In practice, this means the site is not indexed by search engines and, partly because of this, critics have argued that FetLife presents itself as being more private than it is.
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