Genealogy and Family Networking Site Geni.com Launches Video Sharing and an Abundance of New Features
networking site, today announced that it is emerging from beta with a
number of new features including video sharing and tree merging.
Combined with existing features such as photo sharing, calendar,
timelines, and news, the site provides a complete suite of free tools
for families to build their family tree, preserve their history, and
stay in touch in a private, secure environment.
Geni now offers unlimited, free, and
private video sharing for families. Users can instantly tag which family
members are in their videos and permanently archive their videos by
adding them to the family timeline.
Geni excels relative to other social networking sites when multiple
people in the same family tag their media (photos and videos) with a
common event, thereby creating a virtual scrapbook of that event. For
example, multiple family members can instantly create a virtual
scrapbook of a wedding by tagging all their photo albums and videos with
“Despite an abundance of video sharing
solutions online, there isn’t really a great
way to share family videos,” said David Sacks,
CEO of Geni.com. “Having a six-month-old baby,
I speak from experience. YouTube is designed for mass publishing, and my
friends on Facebook don’t want to see dozens
of baby videos. But my family does. Geni provides a convenient way to
share and preserve these memories.”
Geni has also released tree merging which allows family members to merge
their trees together. This enables users to create a single family tree
that is more complete and accurate than their individual trees. Geni
offers tools that help to find and resolve any duplicate nodes on each
Geni Emerges from Beta
Geni has released a complete set of tools that enable its users to find
and stay in touch with their relatives as they capture and share their
family’s history. Since launching in January
2007 as a beta site, Geni has released birthday reminders, photo
sharing, calendar, privacy controls, family news, timeline, GEDCOM
import, and much more.
About Geni, Inc.
Geni.com is a free tool for understanding and staying in touch with your
family online in a private,
secure environment. Geni was a winner of the 2007 Webware 100 Awards,
which named it one of the top 100 sites on the internet and one of the
top 10 reference sites. It is by far the youngest site to receive this
honor. It was nominated again in 2008 in the social (networking)
category. In May 2008 Time™
Magazine named Geni.com one of the Top 50 Websites of 2008.
Geni.com is a
privately held company headquartered in Los Angeles, California. Geni
was founded by former executives and early employees of PayPal, eGroups,
eBay, and Tribe and is backed by venture capital firms Founders Fund and
Charles River Ventures. For more information visit the company’s
web site at www.geni.com.
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