Let’s face it: most of our lives now revolve in some way or other around the internet. Social networks are the new big thing and with people so keep to shift their lives onto the web, it’s no wonder that sites like Facebook have reached the global audience that they have today. However, there’s always ever-increasing issues regarding privacy and the somewhat ambiguous identities that people can create using these websites.
eFamily allows families to connect through the web and have their own private social network for sharing memories, photos and more. In the article, I’ll show you how to get your own social network for your family using eFamily.
eFamily is an app that allows families to create their own social network dedicated to just the members of that family. It allows not only for stories to be added, there is also the ability to upload and store photos, videos and even virtual representations of family trees.
Creating the Network
It’s quite a straightforward process to get your family network up and running on eFamily. Simply visit the main page of the website and you’ll be presented with a form from which you can name your network. I’m going to call mine “The AppStorm Family Site” but don’t worry, you can change this later.
Once you’ve entered this, you’ll be taken to another form where you’ll be asked to enter some contact details for yourself. If you only want to try out the app, that’s fine, and they’ll even issue you a temporary email address so that you don’t have to worry about receiving emails from them. If you have chosen an email address, however, you will need to verify it by clicking the link in the email sent to take advantage of all the features. You’ll be then asked to choose a plan, but we’re going to be opting for the free ad-supported one. Once this is complete, you’re done and will be taken to the dashboard for your network.
The next thing you’ll need is family members. After all, it’s pretty pointless having a social network for your family if you’re the only person on there. eFamily allows users to import relatives from their email contact lists and supports almost 300 major worldwide email providers. Once you’ve authenticated your email account, you’ll be displayed a list of all your contacts and you can then choose those you wish to import.
eFamily also provides the option of importing contacts using the GEDCOM file format, a type of data file that consists of an encoded family tree. As this file is usually used by some genealogy software, this is an easy way to import your already-existing family tree.
If you don’t have a pre-existing family tree imported, you can still create a family tree within eFamily. In the “People” section of the app, you’ll be presented with a dynamic family tree which you can add relatives for. It’s a simple process to grasp and you can add relatives even if you don’t have them imported into your eFamily network. Simply find the position in the tree you’d like to place them, enter some details and then they’ll be added.
If you’d like to link this with an existing user in your network, you can simple choose the “Link members” button and then once you’ve found the person you’d like to link, drag and drop them onto the corresponding entry in the tree.
Now that you’ve got your social network and your family in one place, you can start focusing on your own profile. Your profile is a fairly brief representation of yourself and on the profile page, you will find a portrait that you can update with a photograph of yourself and you are also able to add a home and work address, where other members of your family will be able to find you. Some of the other content that references yourself can also be found here, including clips, events and stories. This is basically a general hub from where other members of your family can find information and content that focuses around you.
To edit the profile, find the link in the top menu to go to your profile and when you have done this you will find a link in the sidebar allowing you to “Update” it. You will be then taken to the information editor where you will be able to enter information such as your name, nicknames, gender and birthday. You can also change your portrait photo from here as well as more general account information such as your password.
One of the best things you’ll be able to add to your network is content. eFamily allows its users to add various types of content, such as photos, videos and stories. These are great for when you would like to share memories within your family network, for all members of the family to access.
To add photos and videos, find the corresponding tab in the navigation menu and then you will be taken to the manager. Since there’s nothing already there, it will be empty. You’ll be able to create albums to better organize the contents and then either upload individual files, or use the batch uploader to add several at once. Once you’ve added media, you will then be able to set a location for them and other details like specifying the people in the content, in relation to your family people. If you do add a location, you’ll be then allowed to view a map of all clips.
Simply put, I think that eFamily is a great idea. It’s one that’s been perfectly executed to provide a great way for families to share memories privately and through a social network. Though the interface could be improved, the app does not hold back on features – allowing for a really great experience for the users. I’ve never really come across anything like this before and even so, it is definitely one of those apps that I would continue to use and encourage others to do so too.