GetGlue is a unique social networking website that helps users discover their next favorite film, book, or other form of entertainment. The site works much like StumbleUpon, only with an entertainment focus. Users can give a thumbs up or thumbs down to suggestions made by GetGlue. This helps determine what other items are presented. The site also monitors what the user’s friends are watching or reading and factors that information in as well. Users can earn status on the site through stickers. Stickers are essentially badges or achievements the user can earn. Some are easy to get based on the user’s activities while others are a little more obscure. Some require the user to log in on certain days at a certain time. The user can build their reputation through stickers and show friends what they like while discovering new entertainment media that may be their next favorite.
GetGlue is a creation of the Adaptive Blue team. The site has gained significant popularity, with recognition on popular news outlets including CNN, BBC, NBC, Los Angeles Times, Wired, TechCrunch, and Mashable. GetGlue was also featured on Gizmodo, Entrepreneur, Twit, Tuaw, ReadWriteWeb, and AdvertisingAge. Today, the site has over ten million unique ratings posted every month.
GetGlue presents a fun way to discover new media and connect online. The site has built a social network focused on media that allows users to help their friends find something new they may like. It’s not always easy to recommend something to a friend. GetGlue simplifies the process and leaves it up to the user to check out the new movie or book. The site also allows users to gain recognition through their stickers which gives them a reason to be active on the site.
The GetGlue website is very well organized with minimal clutter. The homepage features an enticing image of stickers and media. A new user can easily learn how to navigate the site, with prominently displayed buttons and simple navigation that actually enhances the user’s experience. The clean layout and fun nature of the site make it an enticing way to learn about new entertainment or find a place to spend some free time earning stickers and sharing recommendations.
New users are given two login options. The first is to sign up and login through Facebook. A wide blue “Connect with Facebook” button is found at the top center of the homepage. Users can also choose to click the blue “Create a free account” link just beside the Facebook button. The registration form is very plain, which is a good thing. The oversized data entry fields ask for a username, email address, and password. After submitting the information clicking the blue “Get Started” button at the bottom of the form, the user is asked to rate ten movies they like to begin using GetGlue.
GetGlue works better by having more users available to make recommendations and participate on the site. A good way to entice new members to join is to offer accounts for free, and that is just what GetGlue does. Anyone can register through their Facebook account or a traditional registration form for nothing. The site does not offer a premium paid account. As soon as the user registers, they can access all features and begin enjoying GetGlue.
GetGlue is great for anyone who loves to spend time online, social networking and enjoys entertainment. This is a very broad classification, which makes GetGlue a good choice for almost anyone. Many genres are covered and users can have fun connecting with others and discovering new books, movies and other forms of entertainment.