Have you gotten glue yet?

Okay, okay, I realize that’s a really bad play on words.  Forgive me?

But seriously, have you checked our GetGlue yet?

It’s a pretty interesting and unique site compared to most of our social networking sites we visit daily…

GetGlue was launched in late 2008 by a NYC based company called “AdaptiveBlue.”  Since then, it’s really been a bit slow taking off, but I really believe more people should be jumping on the bandwagon for this one. And here’s why.

1. FREE *REAL* STICKERS — The premise of the site is that you “check-in” to what you’re currently doing. No, you don’t say where you are — no creepy stalkers here.  You just check in to the entertainment that you’re consuming at the moment.  What are you listening to? What are you reading? What are you watching? Discussing? Thinking? It’s all there.

It’s just like on Facebook or Twitter where you say what you’re doing, except here you “check-in.” And, after so many times of doing so, you get a sticker!

Did I mention they’re real?

About once a month, after you’ve earned enough stickers, you can request that they be mailed to you — at no cost. Free stickers. Who doesn’t like free?

2. Discovering similar interests — No, this isn’t a place to really connect with your friends, though you can! It’s more of a way to connect with people who have the same interests as you.  People with the same movie, book, music, (etc.) taste as you.  You follow them, see who is doing what/listening/watch/reading/thinking/discussing any wide variety of topics.  This is a way you can see what you have in common with others, and what you may be interested in that is similar to something else.  You like Britney Spears? Let me recommend other arists like that. Oh, this person you’re following happens to be listening to this artist that is similar to Britney. Hm.. maybe you should check it out. You like it? Check in, get a sticker!

3. Limited Time Stickers — Let’s face it, we all like free things.  We also all like free things that we can only get for a limited time.  Watching the premiere of a new TV show? An Award show? Opening week of a movie? Did a book just come out? A CD just launch? If you check in, you get a limited time sticker! Collectors, beware.

4. It’s easy — Honestly, all you do is sit there and click on things you find interesting.  Then, after so much clicking, you’re rewarded with free stickers. What’s not to like?

5. Easy display of the likes you like — That’s a bit confusing, so let me elaborate.  We all like very different unique things to ourselves.  By checking in to these things on GetGlue, and earning your stickers, you receive stickers that represent you and all of the things you enjoy.  It’s up to you how you use those stickers and what you do with them, but it is undeniable that they encompass all of the things you enjoy most.

Seriously, though, GetGlue is pretty great.  I mean, I’m still lost on the “point” other than to collect stickers and make new discoveries, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t enjoyable.

I still think it has a bit of a way to go, especially in getting more brands/people/organizations on board to get official stickers (even though the ever reliable Wikipedia lists all of their sponsors as 20th Century Fox, AMC, ABC Family, Disney Theatrical, Discovery, ESPN, FOX, Food Network, Hachette, HBO, HGTV, MTV, MSNBC, Showtime, Penguin, PBS, Random House, Simon and Schuster, Syfy, Sony Pictures, Travel Channel, USA Network, Universal Pictures, and Warner Bros. theatrical) Granted, it is a bit difficult to not be able to find something on GetGlue that you find interesting.

I do think, though, that GetGlue needs a bit better of a system.  Right now, they go by the honor system on check ins.  After 5, you unlock a fan sticker.  It’s very easy to sit there and check in 5 times in a row just to get the sticker.  I think they also need a better way of interacting with the people you’re following, and a better way of appealing to more people.  Personally, I know no one on GetGlue.  And I wish I did! Because then I could have so much more fun with it, with checking in, and monitoring how I’m doing compared to my friends.

All in all, though, I really think it’s a great invention.  People will do anything for some free stuff, and if all it takes is some mindless clicking to be rewarded with stickers that represent all of the things I love and enjoy, I’m more than okay with jumping on board this bandwagon.

Click the following link to check out the stickers I’ve collected below! And don’t forget to look for me when you join GetGlue!

View Valerie Wire’s stickers on GetGlue

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