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There is a website for everything. Even this

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Just when you think you’ve seen everything on the Internet, something like this comes along. Let me count the amount of times I’ve wished that this kind of thing existed… oh wait, that would be never.

Welcome to ‘Thank Your Wank‘, a site you can use to thank the person you fantasized to while masturbating. In a creepy kind of way, it’s based on real people – not celebrities, as one might assume – and you can search any name you’d like to search on their site. It links to Facebook  to find that person’s picture and takes you to their ‘Thank Your Wank’ page, where you can ‘thank’ people by clicking +1 on their profile.

You don’t have to have a ‘Thank Your Wank’ profile to thank people – but it is an option for those who are really dedicated to the site.

The website says….

We believe Thankyourwank.com is the next step in Social Media, making it a more democratic and open system than ever before! It’s a masturbation revolution!

Thankyourwank.com enables you to vote for people you masturbate to. By doing this you give something to them in exchange for all the wonderful times they’ve given you, you also get to see how many people do it while thinking about you. It’s free, it’s anonymous, and it’s fucking awesome. What’s even better is that you can sign up for mutual wank alerts. This means that if said person ever +1s you, BANG! you get a mutual wank alert.

So go ahead, +1 some of those wonderful people and hope that one of them +1s you!

Wank you very much!

Okay. What I find most disturbing here is that there’s no consent given to use people’s faces and names – so  literally anyone with access to the Internet can search you and find your name and the picture you’ve got set as your profile picture on Facebook (if you’ve got one). You know what? If Thank Your Wank is your type of thing, go for it – sign up, make a profile and go nuts thanking other people who like the concept. But if I was to suddenly find myself at the top of the ‘Wall of Wanks‘ – the page with the “most-wanked-to” people on it – without ever agreeing to being part of the site, I’d be pissed.

Exhibit A – I searched Rick (our news editor) because, you know, he knows where I work and he wouldn’t be too weirded out if he came across “Thank Your Wank – Rick Morton” in my browsing history. His picture came up, along with his name, giving me the option to “+1” him. Before you know it, Rick could end up on the Wall of Wanks without ever knowing that the site existed.

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Maybe I’m being prudish or I just don’t have the right sense of humour, but I think this site has gone too far. And as well as the ‘Wall of Wanks’, it also features ‘The Wank Shop‘ featuring t-shirts with charming slogans like “W**king 9 to 5”, “W**k all over me” and “I am a W**kaholic”. Thanks, but I think I’ll stick to ShopBop.

What do you think? Is there anyone you’d like to ‘thank’?

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