Facebook for Baby

March 1, 2008

While reading through the required reading, I found Mike Arrington’s post on Totspot to be pretty good. First of all let me explain the Totspot site, in my opinion it is pretty much like a facebook for mothers and their babies. The mothers can post pictures of their babies on their page and pretty much document the baby’s entire childhood on the web. The parents can also have the page open to friends and family to check out or have them public for the entire Totspot members to see. Another feature of the site was that once you get all your babies’ precious moments and memories documented on the site you can order it in book form for a cost of course.

In my personal opinion, if I had a baby, I would not be putting pictures and a good amount of my baby’s personal information on the web. Like we talked about in class, once its out on the web it is hard to get it off there for good. And putting your child on the web cannot be a good thing, especially at such an early age, you never know who would be able to access their info. Also I think it would take away from the overall tradition of the baby book. Most parents document their child’s life in a book with notes, pictures, and baby’s first haircut and they add their own personal touches to the baby book. You just can’t get memories like that from the web.



5 Responses to “Facebook for Baby”

  1. Tasia Says:

    Moving away from traditional methods of preserving memoirs is exactly what the internet is striving for. Limitless space to keeping documentation, access world wide, and mass distribution is why people use it. This online Topspot is the new way (perhaps will become a new tradition) for mothers to file information on the earlier years of their children. I think it’s a great way to keep more information. I wish my mom had had more pictures of me as a child, but I can’t do anything about it right now. But I also think that it isn’t safe to expose so much of a child’s information over the internet. There are a lot of scary people out there and I sure wouldn’t want my child exposed to these threats at a higher rate. These types of site applications should be available to people offline, like a downloadable program or something. Just save the pictures on your common drive and burnable discs, is that so inconvenient?

  2. wattsy Says:

    I agree Jen, I don’t know why people would want to put there babys pictures up on the internet. Once you put your babys pictures up on these web-sites those companies probably would have those pictures saved forever, no matter if you deleted them. I think it is easiest to save your pictures on Corel Photo Album or another photo album program, and not expose them to the internet. But, these companies are providing a service, and many people would probably want to use these services.

  3. davecanvin Says:

    Wow, I thought I have seen it all but i guess not

    A social network for babies? that just sounds ridiculous

  4. BabySpot.com Says:

    Hi all,

    Great points!! However, I do believe that parents would want to share these memories online. I say this because I helped co-found, http://www.babyspot.com, with my good friend James Rivera. He and his wife, Monica, wanted to share these memories, of their son Danny, online. We’ve been live for a few months now and we actually have a number of users from Canada. We are a social networking and informational tool for new parents to connect. Totspot looks like a great site, however, we are in the same space and have already launched our full site (December 2007). Enclosed below is a press release regarding our site and our company story. We hope that you can take a look at our site and we would welcome the chance to chat with you. Love your blog!!

    Zameer Upadhya, CEO and Co-Founder

    Presenting the Youngest Social Networking Profiles…Ever.

    Highly successful http://www.babyspot.com emerges to revolutionize the way families and parents interact with one another. Parents create profiles for their children that allow the world to watch them grow each day. The site offers blogs, videos, pictures, comment features, and parenting-based content.

    Miami, FL (PRWeb) Jan. 21, 2008 – With the birth of a child came the birth of one of the Internet’s greatest ideas. Though the Internet now offers a substantial number of social networking sites, none exist like the one created by co-founders James Rivera and Zameer Upadhya.

    Shortly after welcoming their first child Danny into the world, James and Monica Rivera became bombarded with requests for news, pictures and videos of their little bundle of joy. Seeking to quell the mob that demanded to see the new family member, the fresh-faced parents logged onto the Internet and started posting pictures here and there and sending scattered emails that were sometimes filtered out by Spam-screeners. Frustrated by their need to act as technical support for the newborn’s various online profiles and photo sites, the parents turned to long-time friend Zameer who, as it turns out, was experiencing equal chagrin at how challenging it had become to try and receive news about his distant baby-cousins. Together, they hatched a plan to create an entirely new breed of social networking site that would forever change the lives of parents the world over.

    They created Babyspot.com, a site that allows users—specifically parents—to create profiles that give them the ability to post news and pictures of their children for fellow parents and family members to see. The prevailing sentiment is that not everyone can completely appreciate the sublime joy of becoming a parent, but Babyspot.com brings together the people who do.

    Delving into the site, users can see the site offers as many (if not more) features as most social profile sites. With the ability to write biographies and blogs, and update pictures and videos, parents can create an immersing baby-centric experience for the viewing pleasure of their families and friends. The simplicity of the site eliminates the need for tired newborn parents to spend what little energy they have left bouncing from site to site and writing countless emails to relatives, over and over. The site is very user-friendly, and has thus far been incredibly successful at keeping families in touch and creating friendships between parents living cities and countries apart. The creators of the site even understood that not all parents want the world to see their children, so they added an option that allows you to block your child’s profile from anyone who was not personally invited to view it.

    Just like watching their own child learn and become successful, the Riveras will be able to guide their website to a healthy future adulthood. With the recent explosion in popularity of networking sites, one thing is for certain: it’s worth keeping an eye on Babyspot.com to see what it’ll be when it grows up.

  5. Thanks for the post, Jen. We’re very encouraged by the feedback we’ve been getting since putting ourselves out there over the last couple days.

    When we first came up with the idea for TotSpot, we knew that there would be very valid concerns over privacy, security, and content 0wnership. As our launch gets underway, we hope to share more about the truly cutting-edge safeguards we’re putting in place to mitigate these worries.

    We want parents to feel comfortable using TotSpot, and we’re going to do everything we can do make sure they feel fully in control — both with respect to privacy and with respect to having full ownership over their content (including, being able to take it with them to another site or offline entirely).

    Please do share with us if you have any more thoughts. You can reach me at michael [at] totspot [dot] com.

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