Famento Update: Step-by-step wizard, Quick links, and more

Dear Famento community,

Based on your suggestions about various improvements for Famento, we’re happy to announce a few new changes:

1) Step-by-step wizard
We know it can be daunting to have a complete blank slate when you’re starting to either record your own or a loved one’s life stories.  That’s why we created a step-by-step wizard that guides you through the major areas of doing this:  profile picture, biography, stories, photos and timeline.  You certainly don’t need to have everything compiled before you use the wizard; it’s just meant to help you get started.

2) Quick links
You will now see to the right of the page a column with Quick links.  This allows you to get to things you’ll use the most, like adding your own life stories, uploading photos, etc.  Or, when you’re looking at a friend’s profile, the Quick Links will allow you to easily submit any stories, photos or other memories you have of that person.

3) New Famento home page
We’ve made some changes to make it easier for you to start — just choose whether you want to share your own or a loved one’s life stories.  We’ll then walk you through the rest.  For those of you who want help with writing your life stories, we’ve also continued to add to our partner directory professionals who can provide those services.

We expect these changes will make things easier for you.  Our team continues to add new features and make improvements to the site.  If you have ideas or feedback, we’d love to hear them. 

The Famento Team

New Feature: Submit a picture or story to a Famento profile!

We’ve added a new feature to allow you to directly submit a picture or story to a Famento account. In general, the main reason you would make a submission is because you have a great picture or story about a friend or family member. It’s a story or experience that shouldn’t be forgotten.

Another key use of submissions is for online memorials. You may have a special story or picture of a friend that has passed away. By submitting it to this person’s profile, the account manager can put together a more complete picture of this person’s life.

Making a submission is easy

To make a submission, just visit the profile of the person you want submit to. Look for the link “Submit something to this profile” under the header area. Click on the link and you’ll be taken to a screen that allows you to choose what type of submission you want to make.

Make a submission to someone

Make a submission to someone

The person you’re submitting to will receive a notice at the top of their screen. When they click on that, they’ll be asked to approve the submissions they’ve received. Once approved, the pictures or stories will be located in their respective location (gallery, stories, etc.).

This is the link you'll see

This is the link you'll see

You can approve the submissions you've received

You can approve the submissions you've received

We hope the new Submissions feature makes it easy for you to submit (and receive) photos, stories, files or guestbook posts. Now you’ll be able to submit the pictures for a trip that you took together, a funny story about the first time you met, or a copy of the eulogy you gave at a relative’s memorial service.

We’re hard at work to roll out more features on Famento. Let us know if you have any specific requests — we’re building Famento based on your feedback!

The Famento Team
www.famento.com

What is Famento and what does it have to do with family history?

Famento was inspired by our personal experience of wanting to know more about our family.  As we watched our parents and grandparents age, and our nieces and nephews grow up, it forced us to think:

* How well do we know our parents?

For many of us, we know the general outline of their life, but we don’t have many of the details.  Do you know the story of how your parents met?  Do you ever wonder what your parents were like at your age?  What were the toughest struggles that your parents faced?  Most of us know much less about our grandparents.

Now let’s turn the question around:

* How will future generations know who we are?

If you are knowledgeable about computers, you probably have hundreds of photos, videos, emails, and conversations embedded in all the different web services you have joined. You probably also have albums of hardcopy photos from the pre-digital days, and boxes of paper documents.

Buried in all that information is the story of who you are.  The question is, how are you possibly going to pass this along?  Imagine if your grandfather handed you his laptop and a box of his personal photo albums, and said, “the story of my life is in there, and here are the passwords to all my online accounts.”  It would be overwhelming to go through all of that information.

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* Why save that information at all?

We think there will come a time when you want to know more about the life stories of  your close friends and family.  Your curiosity might be spurred by the birth of your own children.  Or maybe it happens at a wedding or a family reunion where you are confronted with relatives you have never met before.  Or perhaps it happens when someone you were close to passes away.

Sharing and preserving these memories — this is what Famento is all about.

In the next posts, we’ll give you more ideas on how to use Famento to write the story of your life, preserve the stories of other family members, and stay in touch with your friends and family.

The Famento Team
www.famento.com

Famento is back online

Late on Wednesday night, we discovered that there was a problem that led to the corruption of the database.  Our backup systems saved most of the data, but we lost approximately 18 hours of new data (Wednesday 6:30 AM PST to Thursday 12:00 AM PST).  We took down the site as a precaution and have been working to improve our backup and security systems.  Information you have entered in that timeframe or new account registrations will have to be re-submitted.  We are deeply sorry for the inconvenience, and we’re taking this issue very seriously.  We hope these additional measures will make your Famento experience a better one.

Thank you for your understanding,

The Famento Team

Famento is here!

We’re excited to share with you www.famento.com, a website that we hope will help you and your family and friends stay connected and get to know each other through all times.

Why Famento?
From our own experiences, we know it’s hard to stay updated on how our loved ones are doing.  Our lives are busier than ever, and many of us don’t live in the same city as some of our closest friends and family any more.  Famento lets you bring the people you care about into a private network, and stay connected by exchanging life stories, photos, videos, files and more.
 
How is Famento different from other social networks?

1) Famento is a private network of people that you care about
2) Famento is focused on sharing deep content about your life and your family history
3) Famento keeps all of your family members (live and deceased), and the stories of their lives connected in one network

There’s more coming ahead…

As you see, Famento is currently in beta.  That means we have more features we’re planning to roll out.  For example, Family Tree and Groups features are coming soon!  In the meantime, sign up for your own Famento account, and invite your friends and family to join your Famento network. 

We hope you enjoy using Famento.  Take a look at the features.  We’d love to hear your feedback, including ideas for other features that would make the site more useful for you and your loved ones.
The Famento Team

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