Online Family Album: Inheriting A Family Legacy
As a child, it can be hard to ever imagine your parents as children. When you were small, they were grown. As you aged, so did they. That inescapable age gap makes it hard to ever think of them as being younger than their current age. Looking at old photos of your parents as children is really one of the only ways to convince yourself that they didn’t just spring into existence as fully grown adults. When you do find time to root through the dusty old photo albums; hilarity ensues, as you get to see all of the hideous outfits and ridiculous hair cuts inflicted on them by their own parents. These family albums are a wonderful legacy to inherit, they’ll allow your family, and future generations, to look back and experience all of the wonderful memories that parents, grandparents, and even great grandparents created oh so long ago.
With the prevalence of digital cameras, smartphones and tablets, the number of photos we take every day has increased dramatically. According to Yahoo’s estimates, more than 880 billion photos will be taken during 2014, that compares to the approximately 86 billion photos that were taken in the year 2000. It’s probably safe to assume that a good percentage of that number will be photos of smiling children taken by their doting parents. However, as it becomes easier and easier to whip out your camera and snap away, what is becoming of the hundreds, if not thousands, of photos we all take? Until fairly recently, if you wanted to take a photo you would capture the moment on an analogue camera, then amble off to the nearest photo developing shop to see how the photo turned out. Those photos would then be stored in an album on your bookshelf, easily accessible to anyone that was in the mood to reminisce. Now we take so many photos that the idea of sitting down and organising them all can become quite a daunting prospect.
In a recent poll of 250 parents of children under 10, over 50% said that they have tons of photos/videos of their children, but haven’t done anything with them to keep them for the future. They have not organised their photos due to the sheer number of images they have stored, and the amount of time and effort it will take. A further 51% said that they wished they’d made more of a note of what was happening in the photo or video at the time it was taken, in order to better remember the moment.
So, that leads me to ask the question; what will happen when our children’s children want to experience the enjoyment that flipping through our parents childhood photo albums gave us? They’ll be told to log in to the Cloud, to sift through thousands of unorganised photos that were taken and forgotten. Not much of a family legacy, huh?
Creating a tangible, if still digital, family album that your children, and their children, can inherit is something we shouldn’t forget about in the increasingly technological time in which we live. There are various ways this can be done; you could create a Flickr account, and break the photos into albums. You can try MyFamilyHeritage.com, the genealogy network that lets you create your own family tree. Or, you could give 23snaps a try. 23snaps enables the parents or guardians of each child to create both a family profile, and a dedicated timeline for their kids. You can easily save photos & videos (with descriptions!), Stories, text updates and height & weight measurements to your child’s timeline, all of which are automatically chronologized for you based on the timestamp in the media file or the date the entry was created. In the future, your child will be able to inherit their own timeline, and create profiles for their own children. Your family’s timeline will become a never ending family journal that can span generations. Whilst it’s great that we’re embracing the ease of snapping photos that new technology brings, lets not forget some of the wonderful family traditions of the past. Creating a photographic legacy that can be passed down through your family will bring joy to laughter to every member of your family, even those that aren’t even born yet.
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