Fotolog

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Fotolog
Fotolognewlogo.png
Type of site
social network
Available inEnglish
FoundedMay 2002; 19 years ago (2002-05)
Dissolved(approx.) March 13, 2019
OwnerFotolog Innovation Labs, S.L.
URLhttp://www.fotolog.com/
LaunchedApril 23, 2002
Current statusOffline

Fotolog.com (originally Fotolog.net) was a social network for sharing primarily photos. The site claimed that its vision was to build a “good” social network which prioritizes the wellbeing of users. The site only allowed all members of the community to post once per day, which according to the site, was aimed to end the overuse of social networking today and the meaningless consumption of content.[1][2]

Today the Fotolog.com domain is owned by a registrant based in Brčko, Bosnia and Herzegovina, according to its WHOIS information.[3] The website is now presented as an online magazine.

History[edit]

Launched in May 2002, the Fotolog site formerly generated over 3 billion page views, and received over 20 million unique visitors each month. In 2007, Fotolog.com was in the list of the top 20 busiest websites in the Alexa global site rankings.[4]

Fotolog used to be a registered trademark of Fotolog, Inc., which is a privately held company backed by BV Capital, 3i and several individual investors. Fotolog headquarters were in New York City, prior to its acquisition by Hi-Media Group.

The site had frequent technical problems during its growth. Originally, free members could not upload during peak hours, and only 500 people a day (per country) were allowed to register. On December 10, 2005, the site stated that "Fotolog is currently able to accept 1,000 new free members from each country each day", up from 500 a day previously. According to Fotolog co-founder Scott Heiferman, upgrades had made the site much faster and as of November 16, 2005, Fotolog was generating 750 million pageviews a month.[5] In mid-2006, 10,000 people per day, per country were allowed to register, and on August 14, 2006, the limiting of daily registrations was removed.

In 2005 Fotolog received an investment of 2.4 million dollars from BV Capital.[6]

In Spring 2006, a book of photographs from fotolog.com was published by the UK publisher Thames & Hudson titled fotolog.book: A Global Snapshot for the Digital Age. Edited by Andrew Long and containing text contributions by Nick Currie, the book is organized in sections highlighting several themes that arose in the site's community of photographers and several individual photographers from some of the major cities and countries with many fotolog users.[7]

On August 17, 2007, French online advertising company HiMedia agreed to acquire Fotolog for a combination of stock and cash worth $90 million.[8]

After a few weeks of periodic downtime, on January 26, 2016 Fotolog announced (in the form of a large header message on all pages) that the site was being closed down and would become "permanently unavailable" on the February 20.[9] However, the header was removed later.

On April 24, 2018, a new website was released under the fotolog.com domain, with a new logo of Fotolog as well as an overhauled design of the site. Fotolog had not officially released any announcement, but its official account at fotolog.com/fotolog posted the new logo on the release day of the new site and marked the photo with a small line of text saying “A new chapter of Fotolog begins here”.

It also appeared that a new team based in Spain controlled Fotolog under a different legal entity. A letter from the new Fotolog team was published on fotolog.com/about where they explained their vision of building a good social network that priorities user wellbeing and advocating for a meaningful and healthy way of using social network. The letter also announced the policy of “One post per day” for all community, which seems to be an extension of the old Fotolog's signature feature but given a new purpose.[2]

The last activity on the redesigned Fotolog website was recorded on March 13, 2019.[10] Following this, Thinking Different, a company owned by serial domain name investor Kevin Macpherson, purchased the domain names for an undisclosed amount.[11] Fotolog.com appeared as a completely new website on November 14, 2019.[12] The new Fotolog.com presents itself as an online magazine.[13] According to its WHOIS credentials, it now appears to be based in Brčko, Bosnia and Herzegovina.[3]

Usage[edit]

The website used to offer both free and subscription accounts. The free version was ad-supported, and limited users to uploading one picture per day and having only 20 comments (in their "guestbook"). The free user could also customize their page and add other fotologs into their "Friends/Favorites" list.

Paying members, known as "Gold Camera patrons" were allowed to upload up to 6 pictures a day and to have 200 comments per photo. Subsequent changes allowed Gold Camera members to comment on any guestbook that was full. Other features included customized photo-headings and having the most recent image appear beside the member's name when commenting on other photoblogs.

However, the 2019 version was free for everyone and limited everyone to only post one photo per day in order to, according to the team letter, end the overuse of social networking today and the meaningless consumption of content.[1]

The old Fotolog had "groups" which consisted of users focusing on a certain topic, and were managed by Fotolog users themselves. Fotolog groups allowed 50 photos per day. These photos might be added by any registered member. However, the “groups” feature was no longer available in the newer version.

Some site users, mainly in Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Spain, created so-called "dedicated fotologs" on their favorite actors and musicians, with images and information about them.[14]

In Argentina and Uruguay, Fotolog gave rise to a fashion trend, called 'Flogger'. Chilean urban group pokemones made use of Fotolog.[15]

User demographics[edit]

The site was based in Barcelona, Spain, though the majority of its users come from the Americas, especially South America.[2]

Previous site data showed that, as of September 2, 2008, Chile claimed the most accounts (4,827,387), Argentina was second with 4,225,209, and Brazil had 1,443,474 users. Fotolog's success prompted many other websites to appear and compete. In Spanish, and also in Portuguese, the word "fotolog" is almost universally understood to mean "any photoblog". For a time, Brazil was the country with most users; the site later lost users there to Orkut and Facebook.[14]

Password leak[edit]

According to Avast Hackcheck and Firefox Monitor, there has been a massive security breach, somewhere between December 2018 and March 2019. 28 million accounts were affected. The leak contains usernames, passwords, salts, email addresses and additional personal information.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Fotolog - About". fotolog.com. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  2. ^ a b c "Fotolog reneix a Barcelona i encara té les teves fotos d'adolescent". Ara.cat (in Catalan). Retrieved 2018-05-22.
  3. ^ a b "WHOIS Lookup - Domain Lookup and Availability Checker | Domain.com". www.domain.com. Retrieved 2020-09-24.
  4. ^ Fotolog Reaches 7 Million Member Milestone, Alexa Top 20 Archived 2016-02-16 at the Wayback Machine, March 28, 2007
  5. ^ Scott Heiferman's Daily Fotolog Archived 2016-02-16 at the Wayback Machine, November 16, 2005
  6. ^ The Blog Herald, Fotolog secured major investment from BV Capital, March 30, 2005.
  7. ^ "Fotolog.book: A Global Snapshot for a Digital Age - PhotographyBLOG".
  8. ^ "Updated: Fotolog Sells To French Hi-Media Group For $90 Million".
  9. ^ "Fotolog volta ao ar por tempo limitado; baixe suas fotos".
  10. ^ "Wayback Machine". web.archive.org. Retrieved 2020-09-24. Cite uses generic title (help)
  11. ^ "Updated: Thinking Different Acquires Fotolog Domain Names".
  12. ^ "Wayback Machine". web.archive.org. Retrieved 2021-06-25. Cite uses generic title (help)
  13. ^ "FotoLog - Magazine 2021". FotoLog. 2021. Retrieved 2021-06-25. FotoLog.com is your favorite web Magazine 2020/2021
  14. ^ a b Díaz, David (2016-01-10). "Epitafio a Fotolog: la red social que cambió Internet". El País (in Spanish). ISSN 1134-6582. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  15. ^ "Culturas Juveniles : Pokemones". Culturas Juveniles. Retrieved 2018-05-01.