Sunday, July 14, 2013

Blinkbuggy



So today I wanted to take a minute and fill you guys in on a site I've used for the past month or so...Blinkbuggy. In a nutshell, Blinkbuggy is a documenting tool that takes the spirit of a traditional baby book and combines it with the power of the internet. I've been using it to jot down all of the funny little quotes Henry says everyday, photos, stories; it's kind of become a virtual scrapbook of sorts. It's simple to use, has a super clean interface, and overall is a great user experience.

Blinkbuggy was created by Emma Weisberg, who works at Google by day and developed Blinkbuggy in her spare time. She's a Mom herself, so she created something that SHE could use, and would want to use, to capture and document all of the moments with her own family. I had the chance to talk to Emma last week, and thoroughly enjoyed our chat. She's an inspiring lady, and I loved her take on the hows and whys of Blinkbuggy. Here's a bit from our convo:

Me: Can you give us a little background on how you came up with BB and also, a little bit of the why?

Emma: From the moment my daughter was born, I knew I wanted to be able to capture and share memories of the little everyday things that happened and most importantly, I wanted to be able to express MY feelings about these moments and milestones. I wanted to be sure that when she got older, she would be able to look back at these times, enjoy them as we did and know how much I loved her... So I started a gmail account in her name and sent the address around to family and close friends telling them I would be writing to my daughter there throughout her life and asking that they also write to her and share their experiences of her or send her pictures so she could also see and read memories from other people when she grew up. I quickly realized that I wanted something more, something that allowed me to really capture ALL of the different memories that were happening on a daily basis, something that told the full “story” of her life and those in it. I searched around but couldn't find a perfect (or even anything better than the gmail account) and neither could any of my other mom friends. When I would mention this gmail idea to other new moms, every response, without fail, was "Oh my god, that's the best idea I've ever heard. Do you mind if I do it?" After enough time using the gmail account and enough responses like that from other new moms, I decided to just build the product we'd all love to have! 


 
Awesome, right? I genuinely love and enjoy using Blinkbuggy, and I know you guys will too. Plus, they're just about to release their mobile app, and soon you'll be able to integrate video (love this!) and print right from the site too. So that way any non-technologically inclined relatives can enjoy your documentation too, and you can have a hard copy of it all for safe-keeping.

Let me just tell you a few things I love about the site:

1. It's set to private when you sign up, so preserving any and all photos of your little ones is always safe. You can also make certain memories public, like I did here. Additionally, you have the option to invite people to view your account on an email invite basis, which is perfect for those of you who like to keep it just to family and friends.


2. You can link any of your social media accounts, including Instagram, and it will instantly import your photos for you. I love having a backup for IG.

3. You can download your entire Blinkbuggy to a zip file, and like I mentioned above, you'll soon be able to print it all out right from the site.

4. They've included some awesome organizational tools including tags- perfect for large families or those people who love being able to search back through memories.

5.  There's a great variety of sharing options- a note, a quote, or a photo. And soon, video! It's also so neat that others can add to your memories. So let's say I was to post a fun little blurb about say, Memorial Day, my Mom could add some of her favorite parts too.



So head over here, take the tour, sign up (it's FREE), and let me know how much you love it. Seriously, add a few memories and give it a whirl. I know you'll be hooked too.


*this post was sponsored by Blinkbuggy but as always, all opinions are mine.
I appreciate you guys supporting the occasional sponsored content I share here. xoxo

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    1. Isn't it great? Be sure to add me when you join! xo

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  2. Brilliant! Thank you so much for sharing this, Danielle. I have tons of notes in my i-phone that I need to archive with something like this tool.

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  3. sounds like a really awesome site! Hopefully it will still be around and be more awesome in 10 years or so when I have kids!

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    1. Oh I'm sure it will be! A couple of my non-Mommy friends use it now though too, to document their lives! :)

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  4. Thank you for sharing! this is awesome. I've been trying to find the perfect place for sharing moments like these and I love that it has privacy options so I don't have to worry about watermarking every little thing. :)

    J.

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    1. You're so welcome! The privacy options are what got me too. Even though I have a public blog and IG there are a million moments I prefer to keep to just us. Love having a safe place for those. xoxo

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  5. I never made a baby book for either of my kids (HUGE MOM FAIL!). But this is something I will definitely use. It has such a user friendly format. Signed up and already added a memory. Love it! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Oh awesome! You're welcome- super happy you're loving it! :)

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  6. We just announced our pregnancy today so this is perfect timing! Excited to check it out!

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    1. YAY! Congratulations...and yes, such perfect timing! <3

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  7. This is super amazing! I don't have any children yet, but this is definitely something I would use when the time comes. I made an account and played around already...though I expect it to be a while before I'm expecting! I love this!

    Christen
    http://christenlouise.blogspot.com

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    1. That makes me so happy! I feel like it's even a good site to use before kids- I think I'd use it back then as a virtual scrapbook. I can only imagine the funny quotes I'd have saved if I'd used it back in my college days! :D

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  8. hey Danille, i was wondering if you have a last.fm profile. if so, would you mind sharing the link with us? thanks! have a great day.

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    1. Hey there! I don't, but I do have a Spotify! Do you use that?

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    2. oh, spotify is not avaliable in Brazil yet. but it´s ok. thanks for replying.

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    3. Oh bummer! Well let me know when it is, I'll add you on there. It's pretty much the main site I use. :)

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