Ancestry.com recently announced that it will close the popular MyFamily.com web service. (See http://wp.me/p5Z3-lk for the details.) The outcry from MyFamily.com users has been loud. However, users of the MyFamily web site are not out of luck. Other companies offer similar, perhaps better, services. Spokt.com appears to be a strong contender to replace MyFamily.com. If you are planning to move your family’s web site to a new service, you may want to investigate Spokt.com.
Spokt™ (pronounced “spoked”) offers a private family web site (called a Spokt™ Hub) to start sharing news, photos, videos, and more with family or friends. Think of your Hub as your own private sharing site. The site includes a message board, photos (posted by the administrator or by any other users), videos (including YouTube Videos, if you wish), file uploads, polls, and a search mechanism to quickly find past messages about any topic you care to search for.
If you create a web site on Spokt™, you become the administrator. You can also (optionally) promote other users to administrator status.
The company claims you can create your own private family hub (web site) in under 30 seconds.
Spokt™ takes your privacy seriously. Your content always remains private between your members. Spokt’s managers promise to never share, rent, or sell your data to anyone. You won’t receive unwanted spam mail because of your participation in Spokt. The company does notify users of new content on a daily basis. Any user can choose not to receive these notifications (or receive them less frequently) by editing their profile preferences. The email notifications are sent only when there is new content.
Spokt™ also offers RSS newsfeeds of newly-added information for those who wish to use an RSS newsreader instead of surfing manually in a web browser.
Spokt™ is also working on a MyFamily.com Migration Tool. While not yet available, the online tool reportedly will transfer all the News (with replies) and Photos (with replies) from a MyFamily.com Site to a Spokt™ Hub. Your memories will be preserved, be more searchable, and are presented more beautifully than ever before. Details may be found at http://blog.spokt.com/general/myfamily-com-migration-tool.
Spokt.com costs $29 per year. The price includes unlimited members and up to 15 gigabytes of file storage, probably enough for most family websites. Should you need it, each additional gigabyte of data costs an additional $1.99 per year. Before signing up, you might want to view the demo at http://spokt.com/demo. If you do sign up and pay for the service, you will also receive an unconditional 75-day money-back guarantee in case the service doesn’t meet your needs. A 75-day money-back guarantee strikes me as more than ample time to see if the service meets the needs of your family.
Spokt™ may be found at http://spokt.com.