Natalie writes…I was instantly curious when I found out about Kidmondo, that combines an online journal concept with social networking by allowing you to share your memories and milestones with friends and family in a secure environment.
As someone who spends an awful lot of time online, I can certainly see the attraction of an offering like Kidmondo. You can track milestones pre-birth and afterwards in quite a bit of detail – I’m transferring details from ‘red book’ and you’ll see their height and weight on a graph (if that’s your thang) – these are private pages for your own records. You can also keep track of the arrivals of their teeth.
Fill up your diary with as much detail as you like and share videos and photos which can be organised in virtual photo albums. Handily, you can actually import from photo account services like Flickr too.
There’s medical and food journals so you can keep notes on their health (there goes my ‘red book’ again), and document their first meals for instance, and again, these are private pages which are only accessed by you the parent.
You can customise it in terms of appearance and web address and their ‘about page’ changes as they grow and Kidmondo pulls together all of the info to create a visual timeline of all of their milestones.
You could keep the journal to yourself or you can share your childs journey with family and friends, plus they can subscribe to an RSS feed or get email notifications when you update. As the boyf’s dad is always telling us off for not letting him know when new stuff goes on Facebook, a feature like this is very cool…
For those of you who have concerns about being too digital, you can turn the journal into a printed book with the ‘build a book’ button with prices starting from US$28 plus shipping – nifty!
So I bet you’re wondering how much the service is? There’s a free or ‘Plus’ version and the fundamental differences are that they show ads on the free service (no different to the likes of Facebook), you can only put 3 kids on a free account, although to be fair, in this time of credit crunch, you may not need the unlimited option for the ‘plus’ service, and you can also store more photos and videos – 100mb versus 500mb. The annual fee is $39 if you do opt for the ‘Plus’ service which seems like very good value to me!
Loving it! I say try it!
Find out more and sign up over at Kidmondo