The Glass Files is a web site designed for families who wish privately protect family memories and yet to also make them easily available to other family members who are invited to see and even contribute to those memories. The website, tag-lined a place for history on the Internet, is set to launch early next spring along with a mobile app.
The business primarily markets to families wishing to upload archives from their past in any medium, whether video, photo, or any other type of documentation. In a prototype of the site, developer Sarah Poyet presents video footage of her grandfather’s interview alongside documents from his arrival to the U.S. to tell his story. The website allows users to attach information to their material and tag items to a particular point of history, which relates a personal story to major events of that time period. The Glass Files is private by default. Poyet says she believes a collection from a family’s history should be intimate and safe from inappropriate use.
More than 700 families around New York City have already signed up to use the service for free as a promotional pre-launch for the site. Other family groups will be charged a monthly fee.
The Glass Files is available at http://signup.theglassfiles.com although there isn’t much to see there. After all, the site is still in development. The first 1,001 families who sign up get eternal access for free.