Our favorite intrepid reporter, the NYO's Spencer Morgan, did us (and Radar) one better in our Socialite Rank coverage: He actually got the mystery people behind the site to respond to email questions! Clever.
Anyway, the site's responses to Morgan's questions are rather revealing, in that way that only people who actually respect the Tinz can be. Highlights after the jump!
How did the idea for this site come about? Is what we see now much different from what you originally envisioned?
The biggest and most inaccurate misconception is that we hate socialites and that we created a site to mock their identities and torture their publicized lives. We love these ladies and gentlemen and we created this project to further promote this exclusive and fascinating community. The popularity of the website translates to huge visitor numbers, majority of whom don't understand this mission statement and simply read everything as an ironic insult.
Is there any scheme to make a big reveal of the site's authors some day?OMG, will we be invited? Hmm, probably not:
Hopefully one day, we can reveal ourselves on our own terms and trust us we have though of big scenarios. Something like a masquerade with fireworks, gasps and lots of security would be nice.
What is your response to people who say the comment board has gotten too nasty?We ... we can't believe they would anomynously say such a thing!
It has. We don't sit at our computers and devilishly laugh at every comment. They annoy us too. But again, the majority of comments come from nearly 20,000 visitors from around the world who look at this world as one of unattainable privilege and surreal indulgence. At the same time, we want to make the comment board democratic but since we represent of one of very few sources on the Web about socialite activities, every comment is taken personally. When negative comments about socials come from Gawker they are not taken seriously. The message board on this site hurts because it represents what the majority sees when they search the Internet to learn more about these subjects.