Ventnation.com is a social networking site designed for users wishing to vent their frustrations about a particular subject or situation. Vents are voted on by rating them, and the ones with the most good ratings appear in the Popular section of the site. Vents are in a form similar to updates on MySpace or Facebook. A video or photo can also be attached to a vent. Users have the option of leaving Anonymous Vents, which do not require registration. Users can follow other users, and comment on individual vents. Users can also give advice to the venter concerning their frustration with the particular topic or situation. Users can easily share a given vent on the most popular social networking sites. Users can choose to view vents by Recent Vents, Popular Vents and Anonymous Vents. In addition, events can be viewed by category, including WTF!, Work Life, Technology, Today I Feel, Men, Entertainment, Women and others. Each category view shows a list of vents with the first few sentences – clicking on the vent title takes the user to the complete text of the vent. The home page shows a vent activity stream, along with the titles of the most popular vents. There is also a graph showing the mood of the site, which is graphed by good and bad ratings being given. Users also have a My Profile page where they can view their Vent Stream, and a settings page which allows control of site settings.
Ventnation.com was founded by Alex Berhane in May 2007. The site is based in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Competition to Ventnation.com comes from sites such as Ventyourfrustration and Ventyourvenom. Ventyourfrustration is in the form of a community bulletin board, and popularity of vents is determined by the number of times an item is read. Ventyourvenom is a more full-featured social networking platform, featuring vents, blog posts, groups and a community forum.
The Ventnation.com site has a uncluttered look and feel. The site is quite responsive, and page loads happen quickly. The commenting, advice and rating features work well. Navigation is intuitive, with a convenient top menu bar displaying all of the categories. Advertising is displayed on the site and is somewhat obtrusive.
Ventnation.com site is free and is not required to leave a vent or view vents, but is required to use the social networking features of the site. The registration process asks for display name, email address, date of birth and password. Validation of the email address is required.
There is no premium membership offered to the Ventnation.com site, and free registration provides access to all of the site's features.
Ventnation.com is a gimmick site for anyone who wishes to vent their frustration about a particular subject or situation. Users may even receive a little sympathy about their vents in the comments. It is also a good place to see what topics are really bothering people and to find people that the user can relate to over a given topic or situation.