Egloos

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이글루스
Web address www.egloos.com
Commercial? Yes
Type of site
Blog Host
Registration Free
Available in Korean
Owner SK Communications
Launched 2004
Alexa rank
negative increase 6,114 (April 2014)[1]
Current status Active

Egloos is a South Korean blog host, established in 2003. Its current owner, SK Communications, claims it to be a professional publishing system.[2] The ISP acquired the service in 2006.[3] The site is reported to have around 1 million users,[4] but lost users to foreign blogging sites in 2009 due to concerns regarding the South Korean government's monitoring of its citizens: "Since April 1 (2009), the government mandated Internet users to make verifiable real-name registrations on all Web sites with more than 100,000 daily visitors, which means they have to submit their resident registration codes, the Korean equivalent of social security numbers" web-browsing behavior.[5]

The name "Egloo" is derived from the word "igloo" and represents a personal online home for its users' lives.[6]

Users[edit]

Egloos' users are often Koreans with an intensive interest in IT-related interests, with anime and manga featured throughout (known as otaku in Japan).

Valley system[edit]

Egloos uses a unique, theme-based system called "valley", whereby bloggers can choose to adopt and publish their blog postings under pre-existing themes (valleys). Valleys can also be created by user demand. As of 2012, Egloos hosts 29 valleys.[citation needed]

  • Book Valley [7]
  • Animation Valley [8]
  • News criticism [9]
  • Egloos Valley
  • Movie Valley [10]
  • History Valley
  • World Valley
  • Comic Valley[11]

Censorship[edit]

The Blog allowed censorship of the posting censored by the site administrator under certain circumstances. However, Egloos users have complained about the fairness of the censoring process, as site administrators have been able to censor content based upon a request from anyone reading the blogs.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Egloos.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ "Our Company". SK Communications (in Korean and English). SK Communications. 2008. Retrieved 26 April 2012. 
  3. ^ http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=105&oid=009&aid=0000490711
  4. ^ http://www.ohmynews.com/NWS_Web/View/at_pg.aspx?CNTN_CD=A0000315367
  5. ^ Kim Tong-hyung (27 April 2009). "Google Avoids Regulations, Korean Portals Not So Lucky". The Korea Times (in English and Korean). Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  6. ^ Channy Yun (20 April 2005). "Egloos". KoreaCrunch. KoreaCrunch. Retrieved 26 April 2012. 
  7. ^ De facto Light novel valley
  8. ^ De facto Anime valley
  9. ^ De facto conservative valley
  10. ^ Some animation are focused on this valley. for example, PIXAR.
  11. ^ not only manga, but also manwha and American comics.
  12. ^ http://carucaru.egloos.com/1965095