Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Choose your newsletter(s) - - Updated Aug 25, 2011

By creating personal alerts for your favorite web pages, you are able to customize your own "newsletters." You need web site editing access for this feature. Once activated, any change made to the selected web page(s) will trigger a Google system message to your Registered e-mail account.

From the target web page(s): 

More actions in top right corner >> Subscribe to page changes
To remove, go to More actions >> Unsubscribe from page changes.

Starting August 25, 2011, and when you activate Google Sites new look, you will instead see icons and More.

You might also like to read about web feeds, which are available to public web sites.

Recipes: Chicken Scallopine

"I like to serve this elegant Chicken Scallopine from my daughter with my Spinach Salad Ambrosia."

Please sign-in to read the announcement in detail here or to browse

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

RSS? - - Updated July 1, 2011

When will we have web feeds?  

We can offer web feeds for public, but not private web sites. For our private web site alternative, read more.  We're considering creating public web site(s) in 2011. What are your thoughts?

July 2011:
We're consolidating site news from our private web sites, and separating public and private content. Soon, we'll launch a public family blog on Until then, here's a few ideas:
  • If you can edit our Google Sites, you can receive E-mail alerts of changes if you "Subscribe to Page revisions" for web pages that most interest you;
  • Use our Social Networks Survey to designate the E-mail account you wish to use on our public Blogs. We'll send you a Blogger "Invitation" and you can transition with us. 
  • Keep in mind suggestions for public domain names are open through September 1, 2011, so Blog names or URL will likely change; track our URL updates here.
  • Track our web feed announcements here.
  • For those who don't want to use a web feed, you have option to receive automatic E-mails of new Blogs posted here. The process is managed by Google's Feedburner, not our blog/site coordinator(s). "Join Our Mailing List" is at the top right page here. For updates, read our FAQ Newsletters.
Thank you for your support. We look forward to hearing from you again soon. Please help spread the word about our web sites and design reviews. Enjoy your summer!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

FAQ about Online Security -- Updated Jan 11, 2012

Each of us plays a vital role in protecting our family's confidential content (including images). Privacy and data security have always been top priorities of our family.

How do I know family 
privacy preferences?
Updated 1/11/2012
A:  Adopt our Privacy PracticesWhen in doubt, be thoughtful and ask before posting content about others. To make suggestions and join our discussion, click here.

Our relatives tell us:
  • They will participate only if personal E-mails and home computers are required. For that reason, we exclude work and school E-mail accounts, computer equipment, systems, and Internet time (FAQ about resources at Workplace and School).
  • They want family to sign-in before accessing personal data (FAQ about our Registration).  
  • They do not want our family's data or images accessible to unauthorized parties.
  • They want others to get permission of all content owners before redistributing information and images from our private sites.
  • They do not want family news or photos on Facebook (read our posts). 

What are some examples of 
safe Internet practices?
A:  Use common sense. Be thoughtful and professional when posting content. For a list in detail, please click here.  

How can I stay up-to-date 
on safe Internet practices?
A:  Pay attention to news reports on technology and security issues, and periodically browse web sites dealing with online security. For online security links, click here

Didn't find your question here? You might check our Library of FAQ (Who-What-When-Where-Why? format) and/or search entire blog archives for posts tagged FAQ

For more information, here's our Contact Form.

    Saturday, June 26, 2010

    FAQ about our Confidential Info -- Updated Feb 26, 2012

    Do I have to use my full name 
    when posting on our public web sites?
    A:  No. On our public Blogs, you may post using a nickname (recommended) or anonymously. More info about this blog.

    Will you post my name
     on public web sites?
    Updated 01/06/2012
    A:  Yes, if you or your group advertises a public event like a concert or live theater performance. For a related web site, we first wrote to relatives for their permission, and plan to continue that courtesy.

    Also, our online team may use a few surnames (last names) so our extended family will recognize the web site is relevant to them. Please read our current Privacy Practices here, and post comments here.

    Will you post my personal Email or 
    personal contact data on public web sites?
    A:  No.

    Will you remove data 
    about me/my family?
    Revised 01/06/2012
    A:  Yes. For family web sites, please see our Complaint Resolution in our Privacy Practices. We are not responsible for content of external sites.

    Are you comfortable everyone 
    in our family knows how
    to protect confidential data? 
    Updated 02/26/2012
    A:  Yes, generally. Our team has been fielding questions and coaching since we started the Email newsletters in 2008. For example, we've been asked not to use business Emails and equipment (hence, FAQ about resources at Workplace and School), and to discourage forwarding of  chain Emails. Whenever we add someone to our big family distribution, we inquire about her/his Internet practices and address our family's privacy expectations. Starting January 1, 2012, we're also posting our Privacy Practices.

    Most relatives seem keenly aware of keeping their Email account secure (read more). We encourage relatives to stay up-to-date on current safe Internet practices, and post suggested reading links.

    As requested, we also post online security tips. From feedback in February 2012, (after Google announced changes), we began linking to data control instructions.

    Didn't find your question here? You might check our Library of FAQ (Who-What-When-Where-Why? format) and/or search entire blog archives for posts tagged FAQ. For more information, here's our Contact Form.

    Sunday, June 20, 2010

    FAQ about our Registration -- Updated Dec 31, 2012

    What is a Google Account 
    and why do I need it?
    Updated 02/01/2012
    A: Google Account defined here.

    We use Google's internal systems to authenticate the E-mail accounts of persons who are authorized to access restricted content on our blogs, calendars, documents, and web sites. Gmail is an example of a Google Account. You are able to authenticate your account/big family access with a Google Account (create here) or Gmail account (open here).

    We encourage everyone in our family to open a personal Gmail account to access our restricted web pages. Please open it as a secondary E-mail account if you are pleased with another provider. Besides the benefits to our family process, you receive the value of a "clean" E-mail address you can use for things like mailing lists and public Internet interactions. Here's Google's Top 10 Reasons to use Gmail, and you can Get started here. You'll find Gmail tips and tricks at the Official Gmail Blog.

    For tips how to authenticate your existing Email account, please scroll down this page.

    Is Google Account the same as Gmail?
    Updated 01/12/2012
    A: No. Gmail is an example of a Google Account. Find definition of Google Account here

    You are able to authenticate your account/big family access either with a Google Account (create here) or Gmail account (open here). For authentication tips, please scroll down.

    Where does my registration form go?
    Updated 7/28/2011
    A: Big Family online forms and surveys go to family blog/site coordinator.

    Subscription requests for web feeds and "follow by Email" or Blog "mailing list" go directly to FeedBurner and Blogger (both owned by Google).

    Saturday, June 19, 2010

    Family Census - June 19, 2010

    We added nine persons to our census.

    How are we doing? June 19, 2010

    Please tell us about your experience on our web sites to help us make continuous improvements for everyone's benefit.  Whether reporting a typo, broken link, or suggesting different content or media, please give us the benefit of your ideas.

    One way to share your feedback is to post comments below any of our blog posts. Another way is to rate a web site using our online satisfaction survey, How Are We Doing?. If you prefer, use our Contact Form, or send Email via bigfamilywebsites-DOT-info-AT-gmail-DOT-com or Email the author link below our blog posts.

    We appreciate all feedback!

    Graduation Weekend Recipes

    Ask and you shall receive! We've just added these new recipes (and the wine picks) to our private Family Cookbook. Please Sign-in and read more. Thank you for supporting our family projects.

    Want to join our Family Cookbook? Send your signature recipe(s) or favorite family menu via mail the author below!

    Register for Big Family News

    We finally did it! We've created a private web site for exchanging family news, and we're looking for volunteers to write blogs from time-to-time. To screen out unauthorized viewers, we need a login mechanism. You will sign-in to view restricted content. If you didn't receive an Email inviting you to share the web site, our online coordinator doesn't have your Email! 

    Please Register your family's personal (not used for business or school) Email account(s) with our site administrator, who is a relative. Registered Email accounts are visible to the individual relative(s) who own the web site. With your permission, we will post your account to an Emails list that is available to our family subscribers (Address Book FAQ).

    Please open free Gmail Account for our family web site access. If you do not use Gmail, you must validate your existing account through the Google system, and will need a Google Account (create account here). Your Google Account gives you access to iGoogle and other Google services. While it's easy to validate an Email account from another domain, we've received a few complaints. Those individuals found it easier and faster to open a new Gmail account. In the long-run, we believe you'll be more pleased if you open Gmail to use with our family web sites.

    Please send us an Email to bigfamilywebsites-DOT-info-AT-gmail-DOT-com, or post comments/questions below. 

    Updated June 6, 2012

    Summer Recipes

    We've just added a fabulous Lemonade Cake and two other recipes to our private Family Cookbook. Please sign-in and click here. 

    Do you want to share our cookbook web site? Send your signature recipe(s) or favorite family menu via Email the author below!

    Address Book Adds Eleven June 19, 2010

    We added contact data for eleven households, and edited three other households. For details, please sign-in at the bottom of We're collecting first, middle, maiden and last names, nick-name, home address, home and mobile phones, Email and the names of your immediate family members.

    June is usually a busy month for moves in our family. For updates, please consider using our online form. Thanks!

    Based on feedback, please view this update. As of September 1, 2011, we have individual rather than family entries. we're now using a Google Docs spreadsheet for our Family Address Book, and it replaces the Word PDF File that we have been using. Thank you for taking time to provide your feedback.

    To share the private (download Privacy Practices) Address Book web site we're developing, please send us your family connection and personal contact data. Here's our Address Book FAQ; you can ask questions using our Contact Form or below in comments.

    Learn more:
    Privacy Practices
    Comments Policy
    Address Book FAQ
    Last Updated February 9, 2013

    Family Cookbook is online

    Ever wish you could easily find your mom's or grandmother's recipes? With our new private Family Cookbook website, you'll find all of the family recipes we began collecting in our Email newsletters in 2008, plus others you post. Sign-up by contributing a signature recipe or favorite family menu and then access Do leave comments. We rely upon them to make site improvements for everyone's benefit.   

    This is a great way to honor family traditions and keep family memories. Many thanks to our contributors. Send us your recipe via Email the author below! 

    What are your favorite summer dishes? Let us know in comments!

    Tuesday, June 1, 2010

    Sharing Public Web Sites June 1, 2010

    In addition to private web sites, we propose developing other safe and innovative Internet environment(s) for convenient access to family project and general news updates. Some of these sites will be accessible in public Internet search results to enhance our opportunities to connect with relatives who do not participate in our private web sites. Also, we wish to determine the best way to promptly reach a majority of our extended family.

    What are your thoughts about having public web sites? Leave a comment or Email the author below!

      Our first shared web sites June 1, 2010

      After lots of consideration, we're ready to move ahead with a family web site. Our family technology pro recommends Google Sites (read why) and Gmail. We envision our big family sharing safe and easy-to-use Internet site(s), and where site access is restricted to family members, we propose:
      • Family participants Register a personal Email account before receiving site access to contribute content
      • Each family member provides current E-mail, phone, and mailing address, and we accommodate the few elder relatives who do not use the Internet 
      • Parents contribute the remaining and new birth dates, and we all add other dates to our shared-private calendar for remembering family birthdays, anniversaries, and planning events like family reunions
      • Creating a welcoming and convenient environment for exchanging news about our families' activities, interests, hobbies
      • Since some of our fondest memories start in the kitchen, collect and publish our favorite family recipes, menus, and food traditions
      • To gather, and preserve in digital format, a collection of photographs, videos, and other visual content to tell our family stories and remember our loved ones 
      • Continued use of PDF Files for sharing documents

      Are you satisfied with this proposal?  Will you help with the test sites this summer? Have suggestions? Leave a comment!