Girls rule. No matter how you look at it, the new totally with-it young femme site Thirsty.com is an example of how to offer a smart and safe haven for younger ‘Net users without being dull or redundant. It won’t be a surprise if the site stirs faint pangs of jealousy in the hearts of older women, who wish they had had such a cool place to visit when they were growing up.
For starters, the spot looks pretty rad. Electric colors, clear-cut sections on the navigation bar, and eye-catching photos of girls du jour such as Tyra Banks, Jessica Biehl and Jennifer Aniston welcome users to the home page.
Browsers can register and post their photos and personal profiles and each day, one of them pops up on the first page so the other Thirsty visitors can learn about each other in due time. Members also get to earn points by submitting artwork and reviews.
The site’s different areas — Xsports, Indie/Punk, Gothic, Coffeehouse, Rave, Grrrlz, Rock, Hip Hop, Pop, Hollywood, Sci-Fi/Comics, and yes, Wrestling — are clearly designed to cater to the diverse tastes of today’s young girls: Not only are they kept up-to-date and fun to read, they never condescend or patronize and display a certain hip mentality that’s hard to fake.
News and entertainment headlines are well edited and up-to-the-minute, and the site’s various boards attract all kinds of passionate discussions on topic such as “Do dorks make the best lovers?” and “The Untalented Ms. Paltrow.”
More important, the advice columns offer the right links to other Web sites and community resources: When a confused young girl writes to seek advice about being attracted to other women, she’s referred to helpful gay and lesbian information sites and community outreach services.
It would be nice to see a similar Web site dedicated to boys, but conventional wisdom dictates that they’d rather be playing videogames or checking out Romp.com’s hot stuff anyway.