“It’s a horrible feeling. I felt bad that I had cheated on someone. I’ll never forgive myself for it, but it made me a better man. It made me a better person,” he said. “On the flip side, I have been cheated on, and it hurt. The worst part about it is I didn’t know. I was literally the last person to find out.”
McGibney channeled those feelings into a new website: CheaterVille.com. The site claims to promote fidelity and prevent heartache.
Users can post dirty details about sordid affairs. For example, one post labels a 29-year-old woman from Las Vegas the “Cheater of the Day”. A user wrote, “If you want to play with her, then you got a get a leash, a real short leash.”
“The way we look at it, we’re a blogger repository,” McGibney said. “We’re a central repository of information. That’s no different than someone blogging on CNN.com or another website. You can’t control the content that’s on there. You just try and do your best to filter it.”
According to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, social media play a big role in the number of extramarital affairs, with Facebook cited in one out of five divorces.
Local divorce attorney Stacy Rocheleau says she’s not surprised. She welcomes websites like CheaterVille.com that might give suspecting spouses the upper hand.
“I thought it was a very interesting concept,” she said. “If someone’s going to date, and there’s someone out there who’s being unfaithful, maybe they want to know that for their relationship in the future.”
McGibney says that is precisely the intent of CheaterVille.com. “There are so many sites on the Internet that promote infidelity, but where can someone go to find out if their significant other is cheating? There really is no place,” he said.
CheaterVille.com launched 16 days ago. It has already received more than 500,000 new hits, posts, and registered users.