Do you use Facebook to connect with your family and close friends, but find your news feed cluttered with angry political rants and mind-numbing cat videos? Do you log in with the intention of viewing your kids' photos, but find yourself clicking on random links, causing you to wonder where the last hour went? Famicity has the antidote. Famicity provides a closed network where you can invite family and close friends to view and contribute content about your family. No random friend requests; no acquaintances you haven't seen since grade school; no political rants; and the only cat videos are your own.
I found Famicity on Instagram. We entered each other's radar, likely through the use of mutual hashtags, and started following each other. I checked out their website and was impressed with their service. The website is easy to understand and navigate, and it has a compelling video at the top. After a couple months of liking each other's posts, I sent them an email to introduce myself and explore the possibility of collaboration.
Famicity is based in France, although their service is not geographically limited. I heard back from Famicity's social media manager, based in the U.S., and we took turns interviewing each other through video conferencing. These mutual interviews, and the common interest in connecting families, helped forge a relationship. I realized Famicity is a great collaborator with Eternal Roots because we both help families share their stories and connect, yet our services are so different that there is no competition. In fact, people who work with Eternal Roots delve into their photo and video collections to create their custom documentaries, then they can share the content on Famicity and engage with their families about the content. In fact, Famicity is creating video uploading capability (available around June), with up to 1TB of storage, so you could upload your Eternal Roots video there to share it with your family!
Famicity was founded by Guillaume Languereau and Jerome Blanchard, who met in engineering school. Famicity's creation story is similar to Eternal Roots. Guillaume's grandfather was the family genealogist, and Famicity was initially created to provide a platform where his grandfather could share his genealogical findings. "We created Famicity for him, and for us because we'd like to gather our families online and there was no place for that." Famicity is a vehicle for families to preserve their stories, photos and even documents (soon audios and videos) to be shared with future generations.
Famicity has been in operation for 5 years. They recently finished a Kickstarter campaign so they can roll out enhanced features such as audio and video files. Right now you can upload photos, documents, and you can type stories. The content is organized by the date of the post. Famicity is even available on mobile applications in the Apple Store and the Google Play store.
Famicity is free to use! You can sign up for a free account and become the page administrator, and you can invite people to join the page. The content is secured in a closed network, so it is not accessible on the web. Famicity offers premium memberships that enable uploading videos, audios and the ability to preserve documents in pdf format.
Click here to learn more about Famicity. I am always happy to support projects that connect families through generations, especially one with a startup story so similar to mine. Famicity was conceived through a desire to connect with family, and the business concept came later. Eternal Roots was hatched the same way.
Today I am writing to introduce the services of Eternally Loved, a company whose mission and name are similar to Eternal Roots. Eternally Loved provides celebration of life services. When a loved one passes, the survivors want to honor the memory of the decedent with a memorial service, but they have endured an emotionally and physically exhausting ordeal. That's where Melissa at Eternally Loved steps in. She has a system for incorporating the decedent's character into the celebration. She handles all the logistics and interfaces with the vendors. Melissa is an event planner with a unique niche. I was impressed with Melissa's organization and system when I met with her, but my belief in her ability was cemented when I recorded and edited a client testimonial (below).
I found Eternally Loved while researching local networking partners. When I first found the website, www.eternallyloved.com, I initially thought it was the same service as Eternal Roots, as the name was very similar, and it is also located in North County San Diego. After diving into the website I realized the service is totally different from Eternal Roots, yet our two projects have great synthesis potential.
I introduced myself to Melissa on the phone, then we met at a local independent coffee shop. We exchanged stories on how we started our projects and shared our work product. I was impressed with her organization. She presented binders with photos of the life celebrations she has conducted, complete with client testimonials.
Meeting Melissa inspired me to create a Memorial Package, where someone can create a video tribute to a loved one who has passed. Clients of Eternally Loved will receive a 10% discount for a Memorial Package at Eternal Roots.
Melissa asked me to record a video testimonial of her friend and client, Marsha. We set up in Melissa's back yard and asked Marsha to share her experience working with Melissa after her husband succumbed to cancer. Marsha was laser focused in her message and gave a stirring testimonial. My words can't do it justice, so please see Marsha's testimonial below.
In closing, if you know someone in Southern California who has recently lost a friend or family member, or someone with a terminal condition, given Melissa at Eternally Loved a call. She will handle all the logistics, so you can focus on celebrating the life of your loved one.
About the Blog
Here I write about the evolution of this project, the act of preserving life stories and personal development. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it.