Social networking sites strike me as "the next big thing" in online genealogy sites. You may recognize the name WorldVitalRecords.com. FamilyLink.com, Inc. is the corporate name and has several divisions. Those family of services include WorldVitalRecords.com, FamilyLink.com, and the We’re Related application on Facebook. Now the company has acquired the My Family application.
The following announcement was written by FamilyLink:
PROVO, UT, June 26, 2008 —FamilyLink.com, Inc., the company behind We’re Related, the No.1 family application on Facebook, has acquired the popular My Family application, which has more than 1.5 million users across five social networks, including Facebook and MySpace.The My Family app lets social networking users creatively represent their family members and pets on their web pages with cute stick figure icons. More than 8,000 new users per day add the applications. My Family is currently the 26th most popular application on MySpace and it has nearly 8,000 fans on Facebook.
“We believe in social networking as a way to reach families,” said Jason McGowan, director of social networking at FamilyLink.com. “The My Family applications appeal to younger family members, and help us reach a new audience. Acquiring My Family gives us a significant presence on other social networks, such as bebo, myspace.com, hi5, and Friendster and extends our leadership position in family social networking.”
We’re Related allows people to create and share their family tree, connect with members of their living families, and find relatives who are using Facebook. Combined, We’re Related and My Family have more than 5.7 million users and nearly 120,000 daily active users on Facebook. Both applications are especially popular in the United States, Canada, and the UK.
Comments from My Family users show how much they have embraced this application.
“My Family application is one of the greatest applications on Facebook,” said Verda Eylül Varan, My Family user on Facebook from Turkey.
“I really like the My Family app. Keep up the good work! I look forward to seeing new ‘people’ on the app,” said Brooke Beaudoin-Boger, My Family user on Facebook from Sault Ste. Marie, MI.
“I REALLY like this application. It can also grow with you as you families grow,” said Andree Rossignol, My Family user on Facebook from Saint John, New Brunswick.
The acquisition of My Family will boost FamilyLink.com, Inc’s potential for increased ad revenue. For more information about advertising or to learn more about the positive impact of this acquisition for FamilyLink.com, Inc., send an email to Jason@FamilyLink.com.
Follow-up note from Dick Eastman: The words "My Family" listed above have nothing to do with www.MyFamily.com or other properties of The Generations Network. The "My Family" mentioned above is an application that runs on social networking sites, including Facebook and MySpace.