Screenshot of WebBiographies' Main Page
Type of site Social network serviceWp globe tiny.gif with a focus on GenealogyWp globe tiny.gif and BiographyWp globe tiny.gif
Registration Open
Owner Private
Created by Web Biographies, LLC
Web Biographies, LLC
Type Private start-upWp globe tiny.gif
Industry GenealogyWp globe tiny.gif, BiographyWp globe tiny.gif, Social networking serviceWp globe tiny.gifs
Founded April 2006
Headquarters Denver, ColoradoWp globe tiny.gif, USAWp globe tiny.gif
Key people Scott PurcellWp globe tiny.gif, founder and President

WebBiographies is a social network serviceWp globe tiny.gif with an emphasis on genealogyWp globe tiny.gif, biographyWp globe tiny.gif and memoirWp globe tiny.gif writing, family treeWp globe tiny.gifs, and online privacyWp globe tiny.gif.

It was founded in late April, 2006 by Scott PurcellWp globe tiny.gif, founder of Epoch NetworksWp globe tiny.gif and a former Board member of the Commercial Internet eXchangeWp globe tiny.gif.

In an interview for MITWp globe tiny.gif Technology ReviewWp globe tiny.gif, 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.'"[1]

Genealogy features

The family tree utility can continue ad infinitum. For instance, if you've traced your family lineage to the Fifteenth CenturyWp globe tiny.gif, 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.

WebBiographies is also working on GEDCOMWp globe tiny.gif 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.

They also have links to other genealogical resources available elsewhere on the internetWp globe tiny.gif.[2]

Social networking features

WebBiographies' genealogy and biography/memoir utilities are combined with Web 2.0Wp globe tiny.gif 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.[3]

There are also weblogWp globe tiny.gifging features and one's site is organized like a book, with customizable "Chapters." In addition, every biography page is assigned a unique URLWp globe tiny.gif.

Digital photoWp globe tiny.gifs, digital videoWp globe tiny.gif, and .mp3Wp globe tiny.gifs 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.

WebBiographies also supports foreign language formats and has many members from Eastern EuropeWp globe tiny.gif and AsiaWp globe tiny.gif.



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