FotoLog is an online social networking site which is based specifically around sharing photos. Users can create their own photo diaries which they can then pack full of photos. Fotolog features a search engine where users can search for particular photos by keywords. The members of Fotolog can also tag their photos as they see appropriate. The site streams its latest and most popular photos on its homepage along with the user's name and their country of origin. Profiles post the sex, age, date of birth, number of photos and their location on the profile. Friends can also indicate what photos of their friend's are their favorites. Users can leave their comments about photos or repost some through Facebook or Pinterest. There site also displays a "roll" of VIP photos along its footer and users can click on any of the photos that interest them and be taken to that user's profile so they can see more. Fotolog is the world's leading photo-blogging site and one of the world's largest social networking sites, representing members form over 200 different countries.
FotoLog was founded in May 2002 and received around $12 million in funding from BV Capital and 3i group. In August 2007 fotolog was purchased for around $90 million by Hi Media. The main competitors of the site include Picasa, Flickr, mySpace and FaceBook. The site was considered the 10th most trafficked social networking site in the world according to Alexa's November 2008 numbers.
Fotolog's profiles revolve around the photograph. It's an excellent platform for its members to make a photo diary for themselves and others to enjoy. The things that separate Fotolog from other similar sites is its dominance in Latin America, its over 22 million registered members and global presence.
Fotolog is very easy to use and can be compared to virtually any other photo blogging or social networking platform out there. Many teenagers and younger people use the site in order to stay in touch with their friends and to see what others are up to. Overall the site looks fun, engaging and the photos are featured in an appealing manner. The only criticism is that the site is funded by advertising revenue, so banner ads do pop up and crowd some of the profiles.
FotoLog is completely free for everyone to use, yet there are lots of advertising when using the free version. So, there is a gold camera package which users can to subscribe to. This gives extra benefits including being able to create one's own home page banner, and fewer restrictions. The gold package costs $5 per month or $40 per year.
Fotolog is interesting for anyone who loves taking photos of their daily journeys and who wants to share those with their friends or with the rest of the world. Particularly for those in Latin American countries, they may find more of their friends on Fotolog than others.