11 September 2008

Footnote Pages launch at Techcrunch50

The launch of Footnote Pages was at Techcrunch50. Here are the official communications (press release and statement by the site's marketing director. Another post follows with my personal experience.

What's TechCrunch50, you ask?

In 2007, the leading technology blog TechCrunch and entrepreneur Jason Calacanis founded TechCrunch50, a conference which provides a platform for early-stage, and frequently unfunded, companies to launch for the first time to the technology industry’s most influential venture capitalists, corporations, angel investors, fellow entrepreneurs, and the international media. Participants are selected exclusively on merit.

Here's the official press release:

San Francisco -- September 10, 2008 Losing a loved one can result in a range of emotions, from the grief and sorrow to comfort, which often comes from reminiscing stories and memories with family and friends. The challenge arises when there is no single place where all of these stories can easily come together to be shared, enriched and preserved.

Now at Footnote.com, anyone can find or create Footnote Pages where users connect and share stories, photos, and information about the people important to them.

To kick-off the new Footnote Pages, Footnote.com today released over 80 million of these pages created from data from the Social Security Death Index. Most visitors will find existing pages about several deceased friends and family members already on the site.

Footnote.com was selected from over 1,000 applicants to launch Footnote Pages at this year’s TechCrunch50 held in San Francisco. Russ Wilding, CEO of Footnote, demonstrated Footnote Pages to an audience of over 1,500 investors, bloggers, and major media outlets.

“We encourage people to upload their personal shoeboxes of photos and documents to Footnote.com,” explains Wilding. “Now with Footnote Pages, friends and family can come together to share stories and memories about the people they care about.”

Described as Facebook for the Deceased, these pages feature a photo gallery, an interactive timeline and map, and other tools that bring people together to create a more colorful and rich picture of the past. “Social networking is not only for the younger generations any more,” explains Wilding. “We are seeing Baby Boomers contribute and connect online in increasing numbers. Footnote Pages are an easy way for this audience to interact with each other and learn things they would not otherwise know about deceased friends and family.”

Beyond profiling people, Footnote pages can also be used to document and discuss historical events or places including: the Vietnam War, the Assassination of JFK and the Lincoln-Douglas

Unlike other social networking sites, Footnote.com provides content that enables users to tell and share stories from the past. Through its partnership with the National Archives, Footnote.com has digitized over 43 million documents including historical newspapers, military records, photos and more. Footnote.com adds about 2 million new records to the site every month.

Visit Footnote.com to learn more about Footnote Pages and get a new perspective on the lives of your own friends and family who have passed away.

About Footnote.com

Footnote.com is a history website where real history might just surprise you. Footnote.com features millions of searchable original documents, providing users with an unaltered view of the events, places and people that shaped the American nation and the world. At Footnote.com, all are invited to come share, discuss, and collaborate on their discoveries with friends, family, and colleagues. For more information, visit www.footnote.com.

Footnote.com marketing director Justin Schroepfer sent out these additional details:

In addition to the press release, I wanted to provide you with some additional details about Footnote Pages.

These pages will be useful to family historians for a number of different reasons:

Social Networking – Even for an audience that might not be as familiar with social networking, these pages allow multiple users to easily contribute content and insights helping to create a more complete picture of the people we care about.

Interactive Features - Maps, timelines, and photo galleries bring these pages to life and add context.

Flexible Environment – For those that want a more open environment than a family tree, Footnote Pages helps to associate and link related pages in addition to the immediate family; i.e. Friends, people of influence, prominent figures, etc.

Multiple Uses – Footnote pages can be used to create tribute pages for family & friends, memorial pages for our ancestors or research pages to gather information. Pages can also be created for events, places and organizations.

In order to help family historians get started, Footnote.com created over 80 million Footnote Pages from the information contained in the SSDI.

Other sites have the SSDI database. However, in comparison, you could say that this version is SSDI on steroids; an interactive SSDI. In addition to the SSDI, users can search the Footnote content to add additional information and details about their ancestors lives. Best of all, it’s a fun product to work with. This is only the beta launch and we will continue to work to improve this product.

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