Glogster.com is a social networking platform that allows users to create “glogs”, which are blog entries that look like posters. A glog can consist of text, graphics, images, videos and a background image. The glog editor provides many predefined elements for use on the glog, such as various graphics and many different text styles. Users can drag and drop elements of the glog anywhere on the page, and rearrange them at any time. The completed glog can be saved at its own unique address on the Glogster.com site, easily shared via a link or via the major social networking sites, or embedded on the user's website. Glogster.com has several social networking features such as ratings on glogs, friends, fans, comments on glogs and messaging. Users also have a profile on the site. All of a user's blogs can be seen from their profile, and the site categorizes all glogs according to new glogs, top glogs, or by category, such as Fun and Entertainment, Love, School, Music, etc. Users have a dashboard, where they can view thumbnails of all their glogs, their friends, fans and messages. Users gain points on the site, which are called “G's”, by rating the glogs of other users or by leaving comments.
Glogster, which has offices in Boston, MA and Prague, CZE, was founded in 2007 by Martin Santorcl and Patrik Prepsl. Roman Smola is currently CEO of the site.
Competition to Glogster.com comes from sites such as Visualblog.net, which allows users to post a visual blog using photos and videos. Glogster.com allows the user to add more elements to a Glog than are available for a visual blog on Visualblog.net. The Glogster.com site is really unique in the service that it offers.
The Glogster.com site has a somewhat cluttered look and feel. There are a lot of link and images shown on most pages of the site. The site is very responsive, however, and page loads happen quickly. The glog editor is quite responsive as well, and is just as responsive as a dedicated desktop application. Navigation is intuitive and the site and editor are very easy to use. Advertising is displayed on the site, but it is relatively unobtrusive.
Registration to Glogster.com is free and is required to use the site. The registration process asks for nickname, password, email address, real name, birthdate and country. Validation of the email address is required.
All features of the site are available with a free account, and there is no premium membership offered to the Glogster.com site.
Glogster.com is recommended to creative users everywhere who would like to express themselves more visually than is easily possible with the regular blogging and microblogging services such as Blogger, Wordpress, and Facebook. The site provides excellent tools for creating glogs using a variety of elements, and is very easy to use. The site is also a good place to view the creative efforts of other users, and some very professional glogs can be found on the site.