Happy birthday Fotolog

Today is Fotolog's 5th birthday — a few words, and some images to mark the day.   It has been an amazing five years for Fotolog.  The history of the site is fairly straightforward.    Fotolog was started in mid '02 by Scott Heiferman.   Adam Seifer came on board soon after and took over the project and Scott focussed on building Meetup.   

The vision of the service was to cater to new picture taking behavior — as people were starting to adopt digital cameras the use cases around the capture and processing of images was also evolving.  Pictures have always been social – but the digital world was giving images a whole new social dimension.  Fotolog was created as a social media network — the genesis was Photo Blogging, the result was a mixture of social networking and user created media sharing.   This is what Scott's original Flog looked like:     

First Cyper Picture

The layout of Fotolog, was and is intentionally simple.     Fotolog has resisted the temptation to add feature after feature — rather it has stuck to offering a handful of features, similar to Craig's list the focus has been on the content and the conversations.    From the early days Scott and Adam had the vision that the pages on Fotolog needed to be social.    They needed to include not only your images, but also images from across the network, providing a visual navigation that today drives much of the time our members spend on the site, a self formed, organic distribution system, letting members see and be seen.    Complementing this social network of images they added comments and guest book entries — making the experience one where media intersects with communications, day in day out, millions of images collide with billions of conversations.     The growth of Fotolog has been steady and consistent — but it took 2 years to gather real steam — as the chart below illustrates.   In early 2005 we hit a million members — amazing to consider, since we are now adding close to a million a month.  

Milestones Flog

The phenomena started in Brazil.   Adam will tell you that in those early days he was concerned that Fotolog might get stuck in Brazil, Portuguese isn't a global language.   But Brazilian's have turned out to be a strong early indicator of global internet phenomenas — from ICQ to Hotmail to Okrut to Fotolog, Brazilians seem to have a knack for early adoption of global social platforms.  The Fotolog audience started skipping geographies and borders and today we sign up members from approximately 70 different countries everyday.    Our audience is still very large in South and Central America and we have complemented that base with strong European growth.   The primary language of Fotolog is images, beyond that the chatter around the site includes and mixes many different languages.  

This is what the home page looked like when we hit a million members.   Its not that different to what the home page looks like today — again, simplicity and consistency has mattered to the history of Fotolog.  

 1MM Flog'ers

Out of interest I checked how many of the 15 members with images above were still active on Fotolog.    A quick check of member names and recent posts indicated that nine of them have updated Flogs in the past six months.    Four of them have updated their Flog in the past 3 weeks — juju15 , lepadilha, tabata, mash — its amazing that after years members are still coming back and using Fotolog to share their world 

Yesterday we had 673,150 uploads to the site — with our regime of one photo a day and 8.3M member accounts that means that yesterday a little over 8% of the people who have ever signed up to the site, uploaded a photo to Fotolog.    That doesnt included all the members who just visited friends Flogs — but to have 8 percent of your membership coming back everyday is pretty engaging and pretty amazing.   Fotolog also hit #18 on Alexa earlier this week — our highest ranking ever.   The traffic on the site continues to surge — our reach continues to grow (see a ranking vs. facebook), and for people who want to relate us to other US photo sites (which I always say is a poor comparison, given that Fotolog is about self publishing and socializing and photo's just happen to be the medium, they aren't the end), see the relative traffic rankings over the past three years, vs. other photo sites, Photobucket is picking up share, Flickr seems to be flatlining, and Shutterfly is still a seasonal processing site.     Fotolog is a testament to the creativity the internet has unleashed — millions of people sharing moments of their lives through images and conversations.  

A thank you from the team in NY to all of the people and all of our members who have made this global collage of conversations possible.  

And read Adam's Birthday post here .    

  • http://lsvp.wordpress.com jeremy liew

    happy birthday!

  • John

    Thanks J

  • Pingback: Try, Try Again::Orkut, Friendster Get Second Chance Overseas  »Technology News | Venture Capital, Startups, Silicon Valley, Web 2.0 Tech()

  • http://www.mysecuremovers.com/ Boston Movers

    It's the first time i've heard of fotolog, but i guess it's one of the best photo hosting sites in the net
    because it lasted for five years.

  • http://www.extremesteam.biz/upholstery-cleaning Upholstery Cleaning

    Cheers for the anniversary of fotolog..
    I wish many would discover it on the future.

  • http://www.ptxmarketing.com/online-marketing Online Marketing

    cheers..
    Congratulations fotolog..

    • Alvina Charlotte

      Thanks for your marvelous posting! I quite enjoyed reading it, you are a great author.I will be sure to bookmark your blog and definitely will come back from now on. I want to encourage that you continue your great job, have a nice day!

      Logo Design Contests
      Cheap Logo Design
      Essay Help
      Buy Essay

  • http://%20http://www.dcmentors.com/seminars_chiro_performance_summit.html chiropractors marketing

    wow congratulations to fotolog may you have more years of success to come, i never heard of your site before but i will take time to visit it

  • http://www.sunglassesuk.com/Bolle_Ski_Goggles.asp Bolle Ski Goggles

    i' m sure fotolog will have more anniversaries to come, and it will make a remark in the world wide web, congratulations fotolog

  • http://www.myinflatableboat.net inflatable boat

    Congratulations, adding a year of success is a hard thing to accomplish and you had done it amazingly. just like a boat race you are along the way to your success, well may more properous years to come for fotolog

  • janice07

    Accomplishing five years is really hard to do, job well done fotolog and congratulations i'm sure you will have more years to celebrate.

  • http://http:/http://www.LiveSuccess.tv nValeo

    Accomplishing five years is really hard to do, job well done fotolog and congratulations i'm sure you will have more years to celebrate.

  • http://oginfo.ru oginfo

    you can work five year segments – as with the USSR. given a plan for five years – and tried to comply with it for four years 🙂

  • http://chooseoutdoorkitchens.com/outdoor-kitchen-equipment/built-in-grill-barbecues.html drop in grills

    Congrats for 5th anniversary, success will not come very easily for that we need to work very hard i think for this five year they have worked very hard once again Congrats for all Fotolog team.

  • http://www.extremesteam.biz/carpet-cleaning Miami Carpet Cleaning

    happy anniversary to you Fotolog… I know that your one of the best because you last for five years.. wish all the best..

  • flamingleaf8

    Wow, five years of hardwork! happy anniv. i wonder how many similar sites are there now, since fotolog was launch?

  • http://www.smithmountainhomes.com real estate mountain lake

    This will not happen in every bodies life 5 years is very long days i appreciate for their hard work and congratulate them for the achievement for the website Fotolog. I think every Fotolog team member is very hard worker then only they achieved the success.

    Thanks

    • http://www.herbalhealthcenter.com nature's sunshine

      yes five years in the web is not happen in everybody.. some only took a year and some months. so i can say that Fotolog has a great teamwork..

  • http://www.herbalhealthcenter.com nature's sunshine

    congratulations Fotolog!
    And happy 5th anniversary!
    more power to you!

  • gift for birthday

    Congratulations Fotolog and happy birthday, 8.3M member account for only 5 years wow I can say your doing a great job.

  • http://thestyleshopper.com/ed-hardy/ed-hardy-bags-and-purses/ Ed Hardy Bags

    It's the first time i've heard of fotolog, but i guess it's one of the best photo hosting sites in the net
    because it lasted for five years.

  • http://www.online-poker-texas-holdem.de/ Online Poker

    he growth of Fotolog has been steady and consistent . The primary language of Fotolog is images!

  • http://www.lets-do-diy.com/Projects-and-advice/Heating/Underfloor-heating.aspx installing underfloor heating

    Congrats for 5th anniversary, success will not come very easily for that we need to work very hard i think for this five year they have worked very hard once again Congrats for all Fotolog team.

  • http://www.sunglassesuk.com/Gucci_Sunglasses.asp Gucci Sunglasses

    To last five years is really an achievement..
    Wish all the best Fotolog!!

  • http://www.memorybits.co.uk/mobile_accessories Mobile Phone Accessories

    Accomplishing five years is really hard to do, job well done fotolog and congratulations i'm sure you will have more years to celebrate.

  • http://www.bradfordsbakers.com Hampers

    It seems like you are now reaching the highest pedestal of your niche. Although late, my congratulations. Your success was the result of your hard work and you seems to really care about the millions of people who are sharing their unforgettable moments through pictures, images and yes, hitech conversation techniques.

  • paparaciy

    It’s good article just about Happy birthday Fotolog . It is achievable to select the writing service ,which will do the essay writing and buy a custom essay. In fact, you should .

  • http://www.playedonline.com online games

    heyz Congrats for 5th anniversary, success will not come very easily for that we need to work very hard i think for this five year they have worked very hard once again Congrats for all Fotolog team.

    Thanks

  • dude91

    Congrats , keep up the good work 🙂

  • mittog

    Congratulations.
    Keep doing the same kind of effective work.

  • http://www.m-audiodirect.co.uk/m-audio-torq-xponent Torq Xponent

    After so many years i still prefer using fotolog rather than google picaso or yahoo photos. Its still very good.

    • http://www.virtualsocialmedia.com/ Social Media Services

      fotolog produces better result, that might be the reason too.

  • http://www.gardeningtalk.net/ Gardening Talk

    Fotolog began to monetize its audience in 2007 and expects that revenues in fiscal year 2007 will reach $2.3 million. While Fotolog has sustained losses since January 2007, its revenue has recently increased sharply (sales have increased by approximately 245% since January 2007), and management anticipates Fotolog will reach break-even within the six months following the acquisition, resulting in a positive contribution to the operating income of Hi-Media in 2008

    • http://www.hai91.com Free Sms

      What is the ranking of Fotlog now as compare to facebook. Facebook has now beat all the records and has become one of the most used social site on the web.

      • http://www.balesworldwide.com/nile-cruise.html Nile Cruises

        Fotolog.net is pretty much popular in Argentina. Its not as high as facebook but its still pretty good site.

  • http://www.budding-health.com Herbal Fiberblend

    Fotolog has many advantages, Photographs lead to friendship. Fotolog gives you a place to share your most obscure or brilliant images—and you may find a soulmate in the process.

  • http://www.buyonlinesteroids.com/ buysteroids

    Not that I'm totally impressed, but this is a lot more than I expected for when I stumpled upon a link on SU telling that the info is quite decent. Thanks.

  • andrewlukas

    If you try to find place where you can buy custom written term paper or buy persuasive research paper here is very best place for you about essays writing, which keep examples and gives an fortune to learn how make investigation . But this site is more curious, and more important. So don't be lazy and write your own or buy essay paper.

  • akhi

    Fotolog is so old concept. It worked very well. It has done lot more then expected at the time of its launch.

  • http://www.rumahfarmasi.com apotik online

    The job well done fotolog and congratulations, Congrats , keep up the good work 🙂
    Hmm I wonder how many similar web sites are there now like this.

  • http://sweethomeimprove.com Sweet_Home_Improvement

    Some good points raised in that post. Will be back to check for more.

    Cheers,
    sweethomeimprove.com

  • http://www.gproids.com buy steroids

    The main difference what i feel about facebook and fotolog is the interface. Facebook has no doubt most visitors. The Alexa ranking of Facebook is 5 and Fotolog is 165.

  • http://www.aboveandbeyondconstruct.com construction rochester

    Fotolog had been in the field for five years, well not bad it is really hard too keep up with five years in this very competitive marketing

  • http://timetoshinecleaning.com/ portland window cleaning

    That's pretty good to even hang around for five years.

  • http://www.storagezip.com Data Storage

    Accomplishing five years is really hard to do, job well done fotolog and congratulations i'm sure you will have more years to celebrate.

  • http://www.ashwagandhaherb.co.cc ashwagandha

    I have read first two paragraphs, i have no time right now to read the rest, but i have bookmarked your blog for further reading.
    _______________________
    did you know about ashwagandha benefits ?

  • http://www.homme-rock.com/collar-stiffeners collar stiffeners

    There are reports that fotolog.net rapid growth was most notable in the Americas, and although the site is from the U.S., the majority of its users come from South America. As of September 2, 2008 Chile claims the most accounts (4,827,387), Argentina is second with 4,225,209, while Brazil has 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.

  • http://www.homme-rock.com/collar-stiffeners collar stiffeners

    There are reports that fotolog.net rapid growth was most notable in the Americas, and although the site is from the U.S., the majority of its users come from South America. As of September 2, 2008 Chile claims the most accounts (4,827,387), Argentina is second with 4,225,209, while Brazil has 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.

    • http://www.cosmeticdentistryguide.co.uk/dentists/surrey-cosmetic-dentist.html dentists in surrey

      Yah fotolog definitely have south american people like orkut. Well i prefer using facebook. Its one of the social media network.

  • http://www.robertljensen.com Fresno Property Management

    Wow! From such humble beginnings does anybody have the stats for 2008 and 2009?

  • jeffsmith1

    Fotolog will reach break-even within the six months following the acquisition, resulting in a positive contribution to the operating income of Hi-Media in.
    Livescores
    live football results
    latest football scores

  • http://credit-card-processing.123vendors.com/index.asp phone credit card processing

    Fotolog has many advantages, Photographs lead to friendship. Fotolog gives you a place to share your most obscure or brilliant images—and you may find a soulmate in the process.

  • http://www.uk-cheapest.co.uk/hosting.php Best Web Hosting

    This will not happen in every bodies life 5 years is very long days i appreciate for their hard work and congratulate them for the achievement for the website Fotolog. I think every Fotolog team member is very hard worker then only they achieved the success.

    Thanks

  • http://www.uk-cheapest.co.uk/hosting.php Bulk Domain Names

    Congrats for 5th anniversary, success will not come very easily for that we need to work very hard i think for this five year they have worked very hard once again Congrats for all Fotolog team.

    Thanks and Regards

  • Musicvideos1

    i like Fotolog as it gives us a place to share our most images. Congrats for 5th anniversary
    Music

  • dentalimplants

    great post , really good perspective on the subject and very well written, this certainly has put a spin on my day, many thanks from the UK and keep up the good work