February 6, 2013

Glassboard – A Private Network


Glassboard is a private social network that groups of friends, coworkers, teammates, and classmates can use to share photos, videos, and messages online. The social network operates similarly to larger platforms like Facebook and Google+, with privacy and security being the only real differentiating factors.

Download Glassboard on your iPhone or Android device, or sign up for the network through the web-based platform. Create a “board” based on a topic or common interest you share with other Glassboard users. For example, you might invite your immediate family to participate in one board, and members of the volleyball team you play on to participate in another board. Post messages on your board wall, and upload videos, photos, and other files for people to download on their own computers. Only the “board chair” can invite new members to a board, which helps to ensure your comments and files are only seen by the eyes you select.

Users with premium accounts can get access to an expanded number of boards, along with APIs and exporting tools. Although Glassboard does send emails and push notifications to let people know when other users have updated their boards with new content, these messages can be silenced temporarily by setting up “quiet hours” within the mobile app.

Practical Uses:

  • Converse with colleagues in a private environment
  • Share photos of your child with family members
  • Discuss financial issues with the volunteers on your charity committee
  • Make sure everyone on your team has access to important work files

Insider Tips:

  • Only the board chair can invite new members to a board
  • Glassboard sends notifications when content has been added to a board
  • Basic users can get up to 10 boards for free
  • Premium users get access to Glassboard’s APIs

What we liked:

  • People can feel confident that their work messages aren’t being seen by outsiders
  • Glassboard is an excellent way for friends to share photos and videos
  • Users can set up quiet hours, during which they should not receive push notifications from Glassboard
  • People can use Glassboard on their mobile devices or desktop computers

What we didn’t like:

  • People who need more than 10 boards have to pay for a premium account


Company Info:

  • Launched: August 2012
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Denver, Colorado
  • Founded by: Sepia Labs
  • Web site:


  • Free accounts
  • Premium accounts are $5 per month

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