I briefly joined MyGirlFund out of curiosity. There are a lot of web cam sites out there right now but this model was different. The women on the site make money from conversation sharing, photograph exchange, and naturally video chats as well. My Girl Fund even required that the models on the site hold up a sign with their screen name to help verify their identity. As someone who does deal with a decent amount of photo theft, I valued this.
I’m not going to say whether or not My Girl Fund is a scam, but I can speak to the fact that the people behind the show act in a very paranoid manner.
XXIII. AGREEMENT NOT TO COMPETE
For good consideration and as an inducement for MyGirlFund.com to its website members, the members hereby agree not to directly or indirectly compete with the business of MGF and its successors and assigns during the period of membership and for a period of two years following termination of membership and notwithstanding the cause or reason for termination. Member acknowledges and agrees that these terms and conditions are reasonable as to scope and duration.
The term “not compete” as used herein shall mean that the member shall not own, manage, operate, consult or be employed in a business substantially similar to or competitive with, the present business of MyGirlFund.com or such other business activity in which the Company may substantially engage during the term of membership. Specifically, competing means owning or working for a business of the following type: Cash payments to Models, delivered via funds raised over the Internet or another medium.
The member acknowledges that MyGirlFund.com shall or may in reliance of this agreement provide the member’s access to trade secrets, inner-website workings, customers, and other confidential data and good will not available to the general public. The members agree to retain said information as confidential and not to use said information on his or her own behalf or disclose same to any third-party.
This non-compete agreement shall be in full force and effect for two years, commencing with the member termination date.
-mygirlfund.com Terms of Service
This came into play for me because I registered, not surprisingly, as Maggie Mayhem. Why? It seemed like another opportunity to connect with fans. The rules clearly states that I could not post any links, so I didn’t. No links. This wasn’t enough for the website as I was told that I had to choose another name. Mine was “too easily searchable” and it would be “too easy for users to locate and communicate with me outside of the site.” They were worried that I would utilize this fancy network of potential customers and run off into the hills with them leaving MGF and their profit margin behind.
I didn’t post any links. The webmaster kindly offered to pick a new name for me. I told him to delete my account. Then I decided to do a little more research about MGF. Oddly enough, there was very little out there about the website. Given that MGF insists on being so insular, models aren’t posting too many links or stories back to the website. I did stumble upon this comment on a message board for “ballers” which revealed some startling information:
As a part of my investigation, I read the faq section and the terms of service. Hidden in the terms of service I discovered that the men could have MGF record their web cam sessions for one credit. Credits can be purchased at a rate of 50 credits for $62 or $1.22 per credit. If fewer credit are purchased, the rate can go up to as much as $1.80 a credit. If a man does wish to record the web cam session, the credit he purchases it for goes NOT to the woman but to the website. That raised a few more doubts about MGF in my mind. Credit are used for a few things on MGF but primarily for messages. If you send a message to a woman, it deducts one credit from your bank.
Since men paid a premium for the credits and the website implies that a credit is analogous to $1, I thought that the women would get $1 for each message (credit) sent their way. Since I’ve learned never to assume anything, I asked how much a woman received for a message. The answer was 65 cents, not the $1 I expected. MGF gets a cut of the money on BOTH ENDS of the transaction. If I were to buy credits on average for $1.22 each and the woman receives 65 cents, that mean the women get only 53% of the money while MGF gets 47%. The women do the hard work of coaxing men and MGF gets FORTY-SEVEN PERCENT of the money. It gets worse if fewer than 50 credits are purchased. At the highest credit rate of $1.80, the women only gets 36% and MGF gets 64%. SIXTY-FOUR PERCENT to MGF. I pointed out the $1.22 fact out on my profile and a few women messaged me thinking that men purchased the credits for $1 each since they received only 65 cents for them. Apparently some of them weren’t happy to discover this.
The author of the comment claims to have been kicked off of the website. Looking at the TOS regarding privacy, we can see that all communications (including video) are recorded in order to make sure that all laws and TOS are being followed. Now every website records everything you do. That’s part of how it works. There is a line between a high functioning website with a lot of media on it and a paranoid fear of dissent. It’s a page out of the Suicide Girls play book to boot people for their concerns and observations rather than actually addressing them. While I’m pretty damn out of the closet as a performer, there are a lot of girls who do cam because it’s such an over-saturated market that it would be unlikely to be outed at a later date in life. Mind you, I said unlikely, not impossible. To record every single one of your online cam sessions with hopes of finding a future senator or beauty queen is an arduous task. Furthermore, how could you really identify someone that well from a cheap low resolution web cam anyway?
At any rate, there are definitely a number of girls who have been banned from the site for minor offenses relating to having an internet life off of MFC. Whether or not these guys are scammers, they are doing a decent impression of douche bags. Although they do try to stir up some good publicity, anyone who says that a cam site selling chat, pics, and video is about ‘friendship’ then I believe we have two different editions of the dictionary. It is a relationship, it may be very friendly, but it is a business relationship and not a personal one.
At any rate, that was my brief touch with MGF. There are certain things I am willing to give up but my name is not one of them. Let’s all countdown until they try to make me take this blog entry down.