As I noted in Friday’s report, even those that think they are protecting their kids sometimes need to take another look.Â Well, I was doing just that when I found Glubble.Â Glubble is a sort of hybrid social network like front end tied in with a Parental Control product like NetNanny. It seems to run the idea that “the family” all uses one computer, and wants Glubble to act as its private Social Network, with “family messages” available through the front end, and a Family Home Page.
Glubble sets its heights very high, and expects that everybody in the family will want to live with this kiddie front end.Â Of course, that is also its greatest downfall.Â It contains its own version of Bookmarks (Warning: It wipes out yours in the process), it has a predefined whitelist of products that it has predetermined are OK for your child.Â While changing these aren’t difficult (it is only basically a whitelist), it is a bit tedious and more work that it should be.
If you and your children have different profiles, then this Firefox addon need to be installed and configured in each profile.Â This in therory canÂ save the parent from being stuck with Glubble, but then it blows the whole point of the “social” and “family” aspects of the program.
The final nail in the coffin is that the program has reports of breaking (and/or removing) other addons as well as slowing Firefox itself.Â Finally it modifies Google results, and doesn’t allow you to use other search engines (yet, but the company claims to be working on that). Glaxstar, the company behind Glubble has published several other very popular and sucessful Add-ons for Firefox… And given enough time, there is certainly some potential for it as a unique child friendly front end and Parental Control product.
If you are not using Firefox yet… why not?Â You should be… just not with Glubble.Â It just isn’t there quite yet.Â Hopefully, there will be a version 2.0 with better control for the user over how it takes over your browser.