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Scotland, Sweets, and Geni

Posted in Attempted humor, holidays, reviews, Web on March 30, 2008 by neoarcade

Back after a week in Scotland. Glad to be home. Man it was cold out there. I know a lot of people love snow, but it’s still COLD! Here’s Bob…

bob

Still a lovely place. Nice people and places. But in my observations i noticed the whole place loves their candy. Seriously, where ever there was a method of payment there was candy, sweets and chocolate. And here comes the BBC. I heard reports before about the Scots not having the greatest health. I think I see why (especially the worst teeth bit).

Another example, we were in this pub. Some family friendly place with good pub-grub. And there in the menu where the starters were was another selection. “Sweet”. Sweet? That’s right. Instead of your normal starter soup or whatever, you can have some toffee or sherbet. I try not to discriminate against any country(*cough* *cough* *not a country yet*) but still, come on!

Moving on to some tech stuff.

Geni is a private tech start-up. It’s about two years old now. The point of Geni which can’t be rightly guessed from the name is Genealogy. You start with your name and email. From there you can add your mother, father, brother, sisters, sons, and daughters.

First Impressions.

Start off the bat it’s flash-based. Thankfully it has been done tactfully. Having a web designers eye I’ve seen flash been done so badly! So the Geni developers have created a clean, relevantly-intuitive environment.

Any Use?

Sure! Absolutely! I have an extremely extended family. An additional feature of Geni is to invite other family members through email, so they can also add to the family tree.

Is this productive?

Hell no! Since when does family have to be productive… unless your the mafia.

Final Word?

Yes that is a question, cause you don’t know whether or not this is my last word

How about now?

Okay, okay. So to wrap up Geni is of use to those that want to stay in touch and have an interest in family history this is the job.

Update:

Turns out that the Geni team think my post my good enough to add to their del.icio.us. The thing is that I think I didn’t fully give a fully comprehensive review of Geni. I’ve no intention to since it’s been done far better. But I do want to draw more attention to the community aspect of Geni.

Like I said before, Geni allows you to add family members via email invites. Each person also has their profile which they can add information like most social networks. So Geni is a blueprint for the biggest social network. Obviously that’s not the main objective of Geni, but it can’t be a bad second! Actually come to think of it Geni’s slogan is “everyone’s related”… maybe they are planning to expand to be the biggest social network. Well all i know is they’ve my vote! 🙂

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