PALM DESERT and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Jan. 30 /PRNewswire/ --
OurStory, a new online service that guides users to collaboratively create
and share life stories and biographies, announced their initial product
launch today at the prestigious DEMO '07 Conference in Palm Desert, CA.
OurStory is a user-generated personal content web site that combines
the best of blogging, photo sharing, digital storytelling, and family
history. It uses a rich feature set that includes an interactive visual
timeline, privacy controls, collaborative email requests and a library of
over 2,000 prompting interview questions. OurStory content can be preserved
online, backed up to a home computer and made into heirloom-quality books,
CDs and DVDs.
While most social networking sites such as MySpace.com focus on adding
"friends," OurStory encourages deeper sharing and a collaborative process
of online storytelling among family, friends and groups.
Major features of OurStory.com include:
* A Lifelong Timeline: Once and for all, OurStory's drag and drop visual
timeline easily records any milestone, event, moment or memory. Enter
stories with photos and videos in any order and the timeline sequences
* Collaborative Storytelling and Interviewing: Users can share multimedia
stories with family and friends, gather comments and guest photos and
exchange "life-interview" questions. Members can also work together to
collect a group history with photos, comments and videos.
* Private and Secure: Connected to private circles of family and friends,
users decide who can see each entry, and who can add photos and stories
to their timeline.
* Preserve Living History: At any time, free downloadable software allows
the user to import a copy of the complete timeline collection to a home
computer for local backup. Heirloom books, CDs and DVDs can be created
as gifts or mementos that document special events, births, memorials,
anniversaries or family biographies. Books start at $18.95, and orders
are fulfilled in five to seven business days.
Andy Halliday, CEO/Founder of OurStory shared his inspiration for
starting OurStory, "Family tradition and personal history are captured in
the stories we tell about our lives. But these are often lost or forgotten.
At OurStory we set out to involve everyone in a fun and engaging process
that uses the latest innovations on the web to make sharing and preserving
important moments and memories easy, beautiful, and rewarding."
Chris Shipley, analyst and executive producer of the DEMO conferences,
says, "OurStory has created a helpful service for the consumer market with
its feature-rich, Web-delivered services that enable digital storytelling,
unique collaborative social networking, and easy archiving of valuable
OurStory is a full-featured free service on the web with a premium
subscription for $39.95 (USD) per year that adds features such as multiple
profiles and timelines, unlimited privacy circles, style embellishment, and
discounts on books and CD/DVDs.
Information about OurStory is available at www.ourstory.com .
OurStory is an online service where family and friends share and
preserve life stories, photos and video, organized in a visual
photo-history timeline. Through privacy controls, guided templates and
interview questions, OurStory encourages users to securely capture, share
and preserve stories from life's shoebox and save them in a lasting format
online, on a home computer for local backup, in books and on CD/DVDs.
Founded by Andy Halliday and Chris Lunt in June of 2005, OurStory is
funded by Benhamou Global Ventures, El Dorado Ventures and Venrock
Associates. OurStory's free online service is available at www.ourstory.com