Without a doubt, everyone I know has a Facebook account. How do I know this? Simple…. whenever I meet new friends or bump into old ones, we’ll ‘Facebook’ each other by the end of the conversation. I think it’s the equivalent of ‘let’s keep in touch’. And that’s the thing. While we all have Facebook accounts, I’m pretty sure we don’t want to share every little news or updates with everyone. I mean, yes, we can twitter, but it’s about us. Sometimes, we have news about our relatives or our own kids, where we just want to keep it within the family and close circle of friends. Let’s face it..seeing someone’s uncle pinching someone’s daughter’s cheeks isn’t exactly what we really want to see on Facebook, right?
And that’s where Kidjot.com comes in. Here, we can share every snippet of our family’s life with everyone who won’t find it remotely boring. It’s super easy to sign up, just your username, password and email. Thereafter, it’s setting up the household details like my name, my husband’s and of course, the 3 boys. Easy, takes less than 5 minutes, depending just how many kids/hubbies you have! LOL.
[sample screen, courtesy of kidjot.com]
Here’s why I personally like it:
My family doesn’t have to create a username for each person. We can all login with the same username and password, but create our stories in our respective names! So, all our stories are kept in one single neat site, but in their individual pages!
It’s one way of detailing the scrapbook part of your life. For instance, capturing photos of my eldest son’s dance in his junior concert would be easy, but I’d also like to explain the feelings that I had for him, his very own thoughts as he danced through it. It’s a great family project that everyone can get involved with. Grandparents or relatives in distant states/countries, can add in their side of the story, or add in a trophy or three, as positive encouragements.
It’s quite different from Facebook or a blog, because when you want to add your side of the story in Facebook or a blog, it’s not part of the big picture, it’s just merely comments here and there. So, visually, Kidjot.com is better presented, just like a storyboard, instead of fragmented pieces lying everywhere.
About (as written by the co-creator, Chris Fawcett) :
The site came about as a result of my family seeing a need in our own lives for something like this. Up until 5 years ago, we all lived within 15 miles of each other. Today, we’re spread out over the eastern U.S. We wanted a way to connect with each other that was more private than Facebook and also would allow us to revisit these memories years later.
So we came up with the idea for Kidjot, and thought it was a good enough idea that other families would use it too. The main creators are myself and my brother Jon. But my wife, Jon’s wife, and our parents have all been highly influential. Jon programmed 100% of the site while I directed the look and feel and functionality and handled the business side.
Since we started testing in September, my extended family has added over 60 stories (we call them Jots) to the site. I already find myself occasionally going back to re-read them, so I can only imagine how cool it will be 20 years from now to look back on these memories. The site has also allowed us to reconnect with a cousin that we never really knew growing up. It has made our family better.
Buy It! : I do sincerely believe that Kidjot has come up with a gem. Once you’ve gotten your family and extended family on board, there will be no end to the stories/memories that will be stored in here. When you or your kids look back into their lives (‘jots’), the ol brains will be jogging down memory lane.
Right now, Kidjot is offering a free 6 months subscription to everybody! Thereafter, there is an annual fee of USD10 (which is pretty darn low, if you ask me). In fact, if you sign up now, you’ll get to participate in their $100 Amazon gift certificate sweepstakes! What? Where? Here, at Kidjot.com!
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