Familypedia
m (AWB cleanup- template:wp)
m (Note)
 
(6 intermediate revisions by 3 users not shown)
Line 1: Line 1:
 
{{Infobox_Website
 
{{Infobox_Website
| url = http://www.webbiographies.com
+
| url =
| name = WebBiographies.com
+
| name =
| screenshot = [[Image:WBscreenshot.PNG|Screenshot of WebBiographies' Main Page]]
+
| screenshot =<!-- Deleted image removed: [[Image:WBscreenshot.PNG|Screenshot of WebBiographies' Main Page]] -->
| type = [[Wikipedia:Social network service|Social network service]] with a focus on [[Genealogy|Genealogy]] and [[Wikipedia:Biography|Biography]]
+
| type = [[Social network service]] with a focus on [[Genealogy]] and [[Biography]]
 
| registration = Open
 
| registration = Open
 
| owner = Private
 
| owner = Private
Line 12: Line 12:
 
| company_logo =
 
| company_logo =
 
| vector_logo =
 
| vector_logo =
| company_type = Private [[Wikipedia:start-up|start-up]]
+
| company_type = Private [[Startup company|start-up]]
 
| genre =
 
| genre =
 
| foundation = April 2006
 
| foundation = April 2006
 
| founder =
 
| founder =
| location_city = [[Wikipedia:Denver, Colorado|Denver]]
+
| location_city = [[Denver, Colorado]]
 
| location_country = [[United States|USA]]
 
| location_country = [[United States|USA]]
 
| location = <!-- this parameter modifies "Headquarters" -->
 
| location = <!-- this parameter modifies "Headquarters" -->
 
| origins =
 
| origins =
| key_people = [[Wikipedia:Scott Purcell|Scott Purcell]], founder and President
+
| key_people = [[Scott Purcell]], founder and President
 
| area_served =
 
| area_served =
| industry = [[Genealogy|Genealogy]], [[Wikipedia:Biography|Biography]], [[Wikipedia:Social networking service|Social networking service]]s
+
| industry = [[Genealogy]], [[Biography]], [[Social networking service]]s
 
| products =
 
| products =
 
| revenue =
 
| revenue =
Line 33: Line 33:
 
| owner =
 
| owner =
 
| company_slogan = A visual heritage you can share for the journey that is your life.
 
| company_slogan = A visual heritage you can share for the journey that is your life.
  +
| homepage =
| homepage = [http://www.webbiographies.com www.webbiographies.com]
 
 
| dissolved =
 
| dissolved =
 
| footnotes =
 
| footnotes =
 
}}
 
}}
   
'''WebBiographies''' is a [[Wikipedia:social network service|social network service]] with an emphasis on [[genealogy|genealogy]], [[Wikipedia:biography|biography]] and [[Wikipedia:memoir|memoir]] writing, [[family tree|family tree]]s, and online [[Wikipedia:privacy|privacy]].
+
'''WebBiographies''' was a website founded by [[Scott Purcell]] with an emphasis on [[genealogy]], [[family tree]]s, [[biography]] and [[memoir]] writing.
   
  +
==Background==
It was founded in late April, 2006 by [[Wikipedia:Scott Purcell|Scott Purcell]], founder of [[Wikipedia:Epoch Networks|Epoch Networks]] and a former Board member of the [[Wikipedia:Commercial Internet eXchange|Commercial Internet eXchange]].
 
  +
WebBiographies was founded in April, 2006 by [[Scott Purcell]],<ref name="Bloomberg Boomers">{{cite news|last=Kharif|first=Olga|title=Boomers: A Web-Marketing Bonanza|url=http://www.businessweek.com/stories/2006-09-24/boomers-a-web-marketing-bonanza|accessdate=28 April 2013|newspaper=Bloomberg Businessweek|date=September 24, 2006}}</ref> founder of [[Epoch Networks]] and a former Board member of the [[Commercial Internet eXchange]].
   
In an interview for [[Wikipedia:Massachusetts Institute of Technology|MIT]] [[Wikipedia:Technology Review|Technology Review]], Scott stated that WebBiographies was founded with a "grown-up" audience in mind:
+
In an interview for [[Massachusetts Institute of Technology|MIT]] [[Technology Review]], Scott stated that WebBiographies was founded with a "grown-up" audience in mind:
 
<blockquote>
 
<blockquote>
 
"Like a lot of people, growing up I sat around the kitchen table hearing stories about great aunts and great-great-grandfathers, and very little of it is written down... A couple of years ago I thought, let's write it down on the Internet. But all the tools out there were genealogy stuff, for making family trees.
 
"Like a lot of people, growing up I sat around the kitchen table hearing stories about great aunts and great-great-grandfathers, and very little of it is written down... A couple of years ago I thought, let's write it down on the Internet. But all the tools out there were genealogy stuff, for making family trees.
 
<br>
 
<br>
My partner and I were playing around on MySpace and were very impressed by what they were doing. But MySpace is used mainly by young people and to be honest, it's a bit of a chaotic mess. We said, "There should be a MySpace for grownups. Let's do it.'"<ref>[http://www.techreview.com/blog/posts.aspx?id=16818 Website Helps Armchair Biographers], ''{{subst:#ifexist:Massachusetts Institute of Technology|[[Massachusetts Institute of Technology|MIT]]|[[Wikipedia:Massachusetts Institute of Technology|MIT]]}} {{subst:#ifexist:Technology Review|[[Technology Review|]]|[[Wikipedia:Technology Review|]]}}'', [[May 9]] [[2006]].</ref>
+
My partner and I were playing around on MySpace and were very impressed by what they were doing. But MySpace is used mainly by young people and to be honest, it's a bit of a chaotic mess. We said, "There should be a MySpace for grownups. Let's do it.'"<ref name="techreview">{{cite web | url=http://www.techreview.com/blog/editors/16818/ | title=Website Helps Armchair Biographers | work=[[Technology Review]] | date=May 09, 2006 | accessdate=April 10, 2012 | author=Roush, Wade | archiveurl=http://web.archive.org/web/20070312060004/http://www.techreview.com/blog/editors/16818/ | archivedate=March 12, 2007}}</ref></blockquote>
</blockquote>
 
   
 
==Genealogy features==
 
==Genealogy features==
The family tree utility can continue ad infinitum. For instance, if you've traced your family lineage to the [[Wikipedia:Fifteenth Century|Fifteenth Century]], WebBiographies' family tree utility can accommodate it. Each family member or ancestor added to the family tree is instantly assigned a free account, so that users can upload pictures and stories about him or her without sacrificing the user's own storage space.
+
The family tree utility continued ad infinitum. For instance, if you'd traced your family lineage to the Fifteenth century, WebBiographies' family tree utility would have accommodated it. Each family member or ancestor added to the family tree was instantly assigned a free account, so that users could upload pictures and stories about him or her without sacrificing the user's own storage space.
   
WebBiographies is also working on [[GEDCOM|GEDCOM]] compliance for their online family tree, and users who have resources using this file standard will be able to upload that information to their family tree.
+
WebBiographies was also working on [[GEDCOM]] compliance for their online family tree, and users who had resources using this file standard would have been able to upload that information to their family tree.
 
They also have links to other genealogical resources available elsewhere on the [[Wikipedia:internet|internet]].<ref>http://www.webbiographies.com/Genealogyresources.do</ref>
 
   
 
They also had links to other genealogical resources available elsewhere on the [[internet]].
 
==Social networking features==
 
==Social networking features==
WebBiographies' genealogy and biography/memoir utilities are combined with [[Wikipedia:Web 2.0|Web 2.0]] features such as the ability to connect one's web biography with friends and family and "comment" on journal entries.
+
WebBiographies' genealogy and biography/memoir utilities were combined with [[Web 2.0]] features such as the ability to connect one's web biography with friends and family and "comment" on journal entries.
   
Online privacy protection features are also offered to users of the service. Users may choose to have their blogs, scrapbooks, biographies, or family histories displayed publicly or password-protected and locked from view by all except those whom the user chooses. There are three levels of password protection options.<ref>http://www.webbiographies.com/Infoprotection.do</ref>
+
Online privacy protection features were also offered to users of the service. Users may have chosen to have their blogs, scrapbooks, biographies, or family histories displayed publicly or password-protected and locked from view by all except those whom the user chose. There were three levels of password protection options.
   
There are also [[Wikipedia:weblog|weblog]]ging features and one's site is organized like a book, with customizable "Chapters." In addition, every biography page is assigned a unique [[Wikipedia:Uniform Resource Locator|URL]].
+
There were also [[weblog]]ging features and one's site was organized like a book, with customizable "Chapters". In addition, every biography page was assigned a unique [[Uniform Resource Locator|URL]].
   
[[Wikipedia:Digital photo|Digital photo]]s, [[Wikipedia:digital video|digital video]], and [[Wikipedia:.mp3|.mp3]]s may be shared and/or stored along with users' biography pages. Users can "connect" to one another's biographies, to stay abreast of new journals and photos as they are posted.
+
[[Digital photo]]s, [[digital video]], and [[.mp3]]s were shared and/or stored along with users' biography pages. Users were "connected" to one another's biographies, to stay abreast of new journals and photos as they were posted.
   
WebBiographies also supports foreign language formats and has many members from [[Wikipedia:Eastern Europe|Eastern Europe]] and [[Wikipedia:Asia|Asia]].
+
WebBiographies also supported foreign language formats and had many members from [[Eastern Europe]] and [[Asia]].
   
 
==Notes==
 
==Notes==
Line 71: Line 70:
   
 
==References==
 
==References==
*[http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/07/fashion/07Cyber.html "omg my mom joined facebook!!"], [[Wikipedia:New York Times|New York Times]]
+
*[http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/tech/article/0,2777,DRMN_23910_4626191,00.html Byte-sized biographies], ''[[Rocky Mountain News]]''
 
*[http://genealogy.about.com/b/a/255801.htm Web Biographies: Leaving a Legacy], About.com
*[http://www.ft.com/cms/s/33a17510-ef39-11da-b435-0000779e2340,_i_rssPage=5025ac56-c98f-11d7-81c6-0820abe49a01.html Mysteries of adolescence infuse social internet sites], [[Wikipedia:Financial Times|Financial Times]]
 
*[http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/sep2006/tc20060925_328758.htm?campaign_id=rss_tech Boomers: A Web-Marketing Bonanza], [[Wikipedia:BusinessWeek|BusinessWeek]]
 
*[http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2006/08/20/BUG11KJLTK1.DTL Families want to preserve their life stories], ''[[Wikipedia:San Francisco Chronicle|San Francisco Chronicle]]''
 
*[http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/tech/article/0,2777,DRMN_23910_4626191,00.html Byte-sized biographies], ''[[Wikipedia:Rocky Mountain News|Rocky Mountain News]]''
 
*[http://cincinnati.gns.gannettonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060420/TECH04/602150546/1012/TECH Record Your Life Online], "Cincinnati E Technology Sites"
 
*[http://www.genealogyforum.rootsweb.com/messages/genbbs.cgi/Events/1012 Family Tree Magazine]
 
*[http://www.familyhistoryproducts.com/writing-an-autobiography-blog.html Family History Help and Product Review]
 
*[http://www.bizreport.com/2006/10/are_boomers_next_cash_cow.html Are Boomers Next Cash Cow?] BizReport
 
*[http://genealogy.about.com/b/a/255801.htm Web Biographies: Leaving a Legacy]
 
*[http://www.postbubble.com/2006/11/21/webbiographies-makes-it-easier-to-find-your-long-lost-relatives/ WebBiographies Makes It Easier to Find Your Long Lost Relatives] Postbubble
 
*[http://coloradostartups.com/2006/11/22/web-biographies-will-you-be-forgotten/ Web Biographies - will you be forgotten?] Colorado Startups
 
*[http://www.gabjab.com Branch Out with Your Family Tree]
 
 
*[http://www.brightcove.com/title.jsp?title=452316473&channel=151802639 spot on Roots Television]
 
*[http://www.brightcove.com/title.jsp?title=452316473&channel=151802639 spot on Roots Television]
   
  +
==Removal from Wikipedia==
  +
The Wikipedia page about the article's deletion says: "this is about a minor blogging site which was started by a notable figure in the internet world in 2006 but generated little or no income and had very little activity after 2010 except for a few entries in 2011. The website has been up for sale for at least 6 months and maybe more. There were discussions about deletion in 2007 and 2012 but no consensus. Now there isn't even a website. Chris55 (talk) 18:54, 7 February 2015 (UTC) "
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
*[http://www.webbiographies.com/ WebBiographies.com]
+
*[http://www.webbiographies.com/ WebBiographies.com]{{broken link|date=April 2013}}
  +
*[http://bio.webbiographies.com/scottpurcell Scott Purcell's Web Biographies Page]
 
  +
  +
[[Category:Former genealogy websites]]
   
  +
{{usedwp|WebBiographies}}
{{wpcat|Category:Genealogy}}
 
{{wpcat|Category:Online social networking}}
 
<noinclude><small>{{usedwp|WebBiographies}}</small></noinclude>
 

Latest revision as of 04:24, 23 March 2021

Type of site Social network service with a focus on Genealogy and Biography
Registration Open
Owner Private
Created by Web Biographies, LLC
Web Biographies, LLC
Type Private start-up
Industry Genealogy, Biography, Social networking services
Founded April 2006
Headquarters Denver, Colorado, USA
Key people Scott Purcell, founder and President

WebBiographies was a website founded by Scott Purcell with an emphasis on genealogy, family trees, biography and memoir writing.

Background[]

WebBiographies was founded in April, 2006 by Scott Purcell,[1] founder of Epoch Networks and a former Board member of the Commercial Internet eXchange.

In an interview for MIT Technology Review, Scott stated that WebBiographies was founded with a "grown-up" audience in mind:

"Like a lot of people, growing up I sat around the kitchen table hearing stories about great aunts and great-great-grandfathers, and very little of it is written down... A couple of years ago I thought, let's write it down on the Internet. But all the tools out there were genealogy stuff, for making family trees.

My partner and I were playing around on MySpace and were very impressed by what they were doing. But MySpace is used mainly by young people and to be honest, it's a bit of a chaotic mess. We said, "There should be a MySpace for grownups. Let's do it.'"[2]

Genealogy features[]

The family tree utility continued ad infinitum. For instance, if you'd traced your family lineage to the Fifteenth century, WebBiographies' family tree utility would have accommodated it. Each family member or ancestor added to the family tree was instantly assigned a free account, so that users could upload pictures and stories about him or her without sacrificing the user's own storage space.

WebBiographies was also working on GEDCOM compliance for their online family tree, and users who had resources using this file standard would have been able to upload that information to their family tree.

They also had links to other genealogical resources available elsewhere on the internet.

Social networking features[]

WebBiographies' genealogy and biography/memoir utilities were combined with Web 2.0 features such as the ability to connect one's web biography with friends and family and "comment" on journal entries.

Online privacy protection features were also offered to users of the service. Users may have chosen to have their blogs, scrapbooks, biographies, or family histories displayed publicly or password-protected and locked from view by all except those whom the user chose. There were three levels of password protection options.

There were also weblogging features and one's site was organized like a book, with customizable "Chapters". In addition, every biography page was assigned a unique URL.

Digital photos, digital video, and .mp3s were shared and/or stored along with users' biography pages. Users were "connected" to one another's biographies, to stay abreast of new journals and photos as they were posted.

WebBiographies also supported foreign language formats and had many members from Eastern Europe and Asia.

Notes[]

  1. ^ Kharif, Olga (September 24, 2006). "Boomers: A Web-Marketing Bonanza". Bloomberg Businessweek. http://www.businessweek.com/stories/2006-09-24/boomers-a-web-marketing-bonanza. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Roush, Wade (May 09, 2006). "Website Helps Armchair Biographers". Technology Review. Archived from the original on March 12, 2007. http://web.archive.org/web/20070312060004/http://www.techreview.com/blog/editors/16818/. Retrieved April 10, 2012. 

References[]

Removal from Wikipedia[]

The Wikipedia page about the article's deletion says: "this is about a minor blogging site which was started by a notable figure in the internet world in 2006 but generated little or no income and had very little activity after 2010 except for a few entries in 2011. The website has been up for sale for at least 6 months and maybe more. There were discussions about deletion in 2007 and 2012 but no consensus. Now there isn't even a website. Chris55 (talk) 18:54, 7 February 2015 (UTC) "

External links[]


This page uses content from the English language Wikipedia. The original content was at WebBiographies. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with this Familypedia wiki, the content of Wikipedia is available under the Creative Commons License.