Here is my update for the crowdfunding social network that I will just refer to as “SF” for the purpose of this post.
The reason I am not mentioning the company’s full name because my previous review got an incredible amount of attention and in the process, drawing the attention of SF and they decided to take legal action against me and sent me a Cease and Desist letter stating that their company name is copyrighted.
So here’s the thing, there are Fair Usage laws and I am entitled to write a review, for sure. However I don’t feel like fighting with a large corporation that feels they can just stomp all over people.
SF made claims that they are going to be incredible, they are going to take the world by storm and they are going to make it oh so easy for you to make $64 000 a month with their platform. Well from what I can see there is nothing incredible about them, they are not taking anything by storm and as far as trends go it looks like they are on the way down already.
What is SF? The best Crowdfunding Social Network?
SF claims to be a social network and a crowdfunding network. In pre-launch (before July 2016) I joined up for free, giving my credit card details and do you know what was inside their members area? Nothing! I took a video of this, showing that there was only one thing to see within the members area and that was a link to share with other people for them to join up under you.
The monthly fee for SF is $149 which they said will be charged when they launch, and every member you invite you will receive $50 a month. You also receive $4 for each of your referrals referrals. I know what that sounds like right?
They say also that you receive 80% revenue share. How $50 out of $149 is 80% doesn’t quite make sense to me. Anyway they claim you can very easily make $64 000 a month this way.
So my biggest question is how is this crowdfunding? It looks like you get paid to refer people! I’m hesitant to say outright what I think this looks like because SF likes throwing their weight around and geez I would really hate to have to remove this post too and rewrite it because suddenly freedom of speech doesn’t seem to apply!
Who owns SF and what is his reputation like?
The owner of SF has been involved in at least one previous law suit before for a company that was apparently MLM but others claim it was a pyramid scheme. So his reputation is tarnished, would you trust another company or product from someone that has a history like that? I can only speak for myself, the answer is most likely not. According to their website terms even his name is copyrighted so I cannot mention him here either. Like seriously?
I guess it is a good idea to copyright your name if your reputation is so shoddy, then if anyone mentions your name in reference to a previous lawsuit you were involved in you can threaten to sue them. I’m not sure about you but I find this incredibly funny.
SF’s Shocking Member’s Area during Pre-Launch
With all their claims I found it quite shocking to arrive and find nowhere to even add my profile picture, nowhere to add a project and even more concerning, nowhere to edit or remove the credit card details I entered into their sign up form to gain entry.
To me personally this stinks. In the video I took I explained why I think this stinks. I don’t think it is right for a company to claim to be something, offer zero proof and give a link to share so other people can join based on what they say.
I published my review on my website and I published my video on Youtube. Both of these hit first page on Youtube and on Google and stayed there.
Oh they did eventually add a payment area in June where you could edit your credit card details and they made a huge hoohaa about it too, like wow look at this great new feature! Surely every website that takes your payment details should have a section to edit them?
SF sends a Copyright Claim to Youtube
SF did not like this and sent in a copyright claim to Youtube because my video used their members area. I chose to remove my video simply because yes I did use their members area even though I believe I could have said it was Fair Usage and fought it. I chose to just remove it.
Here is a copy of the Copyright Claim sent in to Youtube by SF, do a Google search on that name and you will see he was involved with the group of people (including the CEO of SF) involved in the law suit I mentioned above.
I did a new video without their members area and that also hit page 1 on Youtube. I will unfortunately be removing that video too because in their Cease and Desist letter they requested I remove all mention of their name on social media too.
SF kicks me out of their website the day before Launch!
On the 30th June 2016 I got an email from SF saying they are sorry to see me go. WTF? I got kicked out the day before they were going to launch on 01 July 2016. Worried I am going to take another video of the members area? So now I lost being able to see what was happening in the members area, which was a real bummer.
It is now August and the feedback I have is that the social network part of this “social network” has still not arrived? Oh dear, what happened to the next best social network? They have now added some areas to add projects for crowdfunding though. Although I’m not sure why anyone needs to add projects when anyone can just earn referring people?
Plus if you want to get crowdfunding why not just join a crowdfunding website that is free? I just don’t get why anyone would pay $149 for a crowdfunding and social network website. We have those and they are all free.
I guess with SF you can make money without adding any projects which is what the whole appeal is, but then that just sort of cuts out the fact it is crowdfunding doesn’t it?
SF Founding Member “Steve” begs for a phone call to explain how it works?
Someone claiming to be a founding member of SF was commenting on my website asking for me to call him in person to explain how it works. I can’t understand this, why not just explain it right there on my website for everyone to see? Why try and talk to me privately about it.
He likened my negative review of SF in pre-launch to writing a negative review from a foreword of a book… but how come then everyone was writing positive reviews on “a foreword of a book” that they had also not read.
And this was my biggest issue with SF. There was nothing to see, nothing amazing. Just the words of a man with a bad reputation promising the world… and you must go forth and spread these words and get everyone to join up and give their credit card details? Oh no thank you!
Oh and “Steve” has no last name, no profile picture and a gmail address? You want me to take you seriously?
SF the “best” up and coming social network does a Google Trend nose dive
So how come if SF is THE up and coming social network they have done a nose dive in Google Trends since launching. I’m not an SEO expert but I would think that interest would have at least spiked a little bit when they launched, not just nose dived?
Just to show you how ridiculous their Google Trend results were, here is SF vs Phoenix Power Rising in Google Trends. In case you don’t know Phoenix Power Rising is an awful scam that is well just about dead now, but you can see how they had more popularity than SF! Or maybe SF is planning a slow and steady growth over the next few years?
SF is the blue and PPR is the red below.
And here is my number one recommendation for making money online in Google Trends with SF and PPR for comparison. SF being blue, PPR being red and Wealthy Affiliate being Yellow.
SF sends me a Cease and Desist Letter
SF has accused me of using their name to profit off of and to promote my own opportunity, which they say is Wealthy Affiliate University. They have made it seem like I am a nasty person that just likes to badmouth companies to make money off of them. They have said in their letter that I have a pattern of doing this.
Yes I have a pattern – I review online opportunities and I give my honest opinion on these online opportunities. Yes I review the opportunities I find and I tell you what I really think of them, without buttering my words or trying to profit from you by recommending rubbish.
My opinion is that some are incredible and some just plain stink.
My goals for this website are to help you to make money online in an honest and ethical way. I want to help you avoid scams and things that will disappoint you and let you down.
And yes of course I make money from my website. I don’t do this purely for fun or to be nice. Yes I am passionate about making money online and I love sharing these things with you. When I find things I love online I recommend them and I affiliate with them and yes I make money from them.
You will find a good number of positive reviews on my website. Wealthy Affiliate University, SeoClerks, Affilorama, The Chris Farrell Membership, Bring The Fresh, Clixsense and Answered Insight are good examples of these. These are online business opportunities I recommend.
It is not against the law to write an honest review and share your opinion. It is not against the law to tell people what I do recommend on my website.
I do not write negative and false reviews with any hidden agenda. I do not affiliate with scams and rotten opportunities to attempt to make money recommending them to you.
I write my review based on what I see and what I experience in the hopes it will help you to make the right choice for yourself.
So in short, I DO NOT recommend SF and I have every right to share my opinion on this. If you are looking for an online opportunity then there are a good number I do recommend and I mentioned them above.
I’m just wondering whether SF is going to be bullying every single negative review? I have seen some absolutely outstanding and spot on reviews of SF. I hope they aren’t next up for this BS?
Here’s what people were saying on my original SF review
Have a browse below of some of the interesting comments I received on my original review of SF.. and of course I have taken out the company name and the owner’s name where applicable as per SF’s Cease and Desist request.
I have to say that I really am disappointed as there were so many more comments and discussions that I just would not be able to add them all here, but I would love for everyone to be able to get get the whole picture of everything said and not just bits and pieces!
So there you have it ladies and gentlemen! What is your opinion? Feel free to share it all here, I approve all genuine comments that are not spammy so go for it say exactly what you are thinking!