Thursday, January 18, 2007
More Bang for Your Buck: Blogs
Keeping in touch with family and friends can get expensive and time consuming, especially when it comes to sending pictures. But, as Tom Haynes shows us in tonight's More Bang for Your Buck, there's a new and easy way to stay close to loved ones -- for free.
WSVN -- Cassie Hatcher is pretty good at keeping in touch with family and friends, despite living hundreds of miles apart.
But when she had Sam six months ago, everyone wanted to hear more from her about the new addition.
Cassie Hatcher: "He links you so much more to the family that everybody has to know about him."
Cassie used to spend hours uploading and sending pictures via e-mail.
But now she's found a new way to do it that is less time-consuming and free.
Cassie Hatcher: "I've got 200 plus pictures, plus like 20 videos on here."
She created an on-line blog on Dada.net.
Now her whole family can sign on and check out the baby's progress.
Cassie Hatcher: "We've got my grandmother on there, my father on there, my brother."
Dada.net is based in Italy but is expanding worldwide, including the U.S.
Chiara Ronchetti: "Dada is now a community of more than 7 million people worldwide."
Here's how it works: You create a family blog...
Antonella Stellacci: "Once the setup process is finished you can start uploading pictures and writing up your blogs."
Then your friends and family join.
Antonella Stellacci: "So all of them will participate to the writing. They can also upload pictures to the same blog."
There are a lot of free blog sites out there.
What sets Dada apart is you can use your mobile phone.
Photos can be uploaded immediately.
"It is available with all carriers here in the U.S."
And the family can get the picture on their phone instantly.
"You can share it in real time with your friends or family members."
"He's thinking about it. You going to swallow?"
So whether it's Sam's first food or his first step, mom Cassie can share it with the entire family in an instant.
Cassie Hatcher: "I take probably 15 pictures of him a day, and I post them all on there."
Tom Haynes: "Photos on the phone can only be shared here in the States. But if you've got family overseas, they can all sign on to your blog via the internet."
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