Sign of the times! Hat tip to @csaper for spotting Affluence.org, an exclusive online social network for the wealthy, "aimed at forming a socially conscious, elite, and exclusive community that helps wealthy, influential, and affluent people make life better for both themselves and others."
Now that the "rich are under attack" ("The Economist"), entangled in a fatal web of Ponzi schemes, excessive executive bonuses, and a monumental destruction of assets (some $10 trillion, around a quarter of the wealthy's assets, has been lost in the financial crisis), their interest in finding new and keeping old friends is understandable.
Affluence allows members to "interact with other affluent people from around the world; receive free access to a dedicated Affluence Concierge; attend the most exclusive parties and events in the world; receive priority access to the world's most exclusive nightclubs, hotels, and restaurants; and find other millionaires, billionaires, and socially elite people to network with." Members can also direct donations to causes or promote their charities.
To become a member in Affluence you need "a demonstrable minimum household net worth of $3 million U.S.; or a minimum annual household income of $300,000; or successful invitation of five other people that qualify for membership."
The membership is free.