Sunday, July 31, 2011

Library of FAQs -- Updated Feb 15, 2012

This page lists our FAQ by Who? What? When? Where? Why? and How?

  • are blog/site administrators or coordinators? Relatives and for current names, please sign-in to and view Online Team section. Updated 9/17/2011
  • are site owners? relatives | Read about Google site ownership here. Updated 8/29/2011
  • has access to our family addresses? relatives | FAQ Address Book Updated 07/28/2011
  • is in our family? FAQ About Us
  • is in our family address book? FAQ Address Book
  • reads E-mails sent to big family accounts? online team 8/31/2010 
  • reads online survey results? Initially, site/blog administrators. Testimonials, service issues, and frequently asked questions may be published (without name) on Internet sites. Privacy Practices
  • moderates blog comments? our online team 01/06/2012 
  • views General content - anyone in world | public Google Map here and Sign-in for private stats here | Restricted content - relatives who Sign-up (FAQ Registration) 12/05/2011
  • views Anyone in world 12/05/2011

Thursday, July 28, 2011

More blogging questions July 28, 2011

A few asked for more info about blogging, and someone asked about "tweets." Twitter is a microblogging service. Find us on Twitter @BigFamilyNews.

Additional references: 

Official Google Enterprise Blog: A look back as we move ahead: Google Docs and Google Sites July 28, 2011

For a good summary of  features with more details to explain some of the reasons (here) our family tech pro recommends we use Google Sites, please read Official Google Enterprise Blog: A look back as we move ahead: Google Docs and Google Sites

Find us on Twitter July 28, 2011

We've started using Twitter @BigFamilyNews for general information. Anyone may view these tweets because we want to connect as many relatives as possible. Please retweet (RT) to your siblings and cousins, and consider creating a list for family news. Depending on feedback, we may also start sending private tweets.

Read about Public and Protected Tweets here.  For Twitter Basics, click here.

We're not publicly following relatives on Twitter, but would like an idea how many of our relatives use Twitter. Please Email the author  below, or sign-in at to add your Twitter Username to our Family E-mails list (here). Thanks!

What family-only tweets interest you? Let us know in the comments!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Google+ update July 26, 2011

We're still watching Google+ developments. To view user-created Google+ Tips and Tricks, click here. Here's some articles you might like to read.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Status July 24, 2011

Comment Periods are underway. Please Reply By: 

July 31, 2011 - View private Photo Gallery test web site ("Sneak Peek") and take our Gallery Poll 

July 31, 2011 - Mid-year private Address Book verifications 

August 15, 2011 - Social Networks Survey

September 1, 2011 - Suggestions to register domain name for public web sites

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Gallery Reminder July 23, 2011

Please remember to view our Gallery test site (sign-in here) and take our online Survey before July 31, 2011. If you have not registered for our private family web sites, please Sign-up here.

How do you enjoy sharing family photos? Post a comment!

You might like:
Gallery test site status Sept 19, 2011

Friday, July 22, 2011

Blog questions July 22, 2011

Good Friday morning! Since we began sending E-mails in early July, 2011, to invite family contributors to Love NY Music Blog, you've asked, "What is a Blog?" and "How does it work?" Still others inquired, "Why is it public?" or "What should I write?" 

We take each of these in turn in our new FAQ about Our Blogs. We appreciate your interest, and hope more relatives will contribute content and read our blogs. Please post comments or send an Email to bigfamilywebsites-DOT-info-AT-gmail-DOT-com. We always appreciate your feedback and questions. Have a great weekend!

How do our new family blogs meet your expectations? Feel free to share your ideas and suggestions in comments.

FAQ about our Blogs -- Updated Jan 31, 2012

What are Blogger 
Dynamic Mobile Views?  
Updated 01/31/2012
A:  These interactive views are available on public Blogs when enabled by the owner. Read Blogger's description here. We've completed our test and  incorporated your feedback.

Why is the family web site URL
different on Twitter?
A:  Tweets are limited to 140 characters, and we always use Twitter's link service to shorten. To read how it works, click here. For Twitter help shortening links, click here. Please be careful when clicking on others' URLs. Sometimes URLs can be harmful, so always check to see what web site you're on before giving out your password or downloading any software.

What is "following" on Twitter?
A:   Twitter's explanation is here.

How do I sign-in to Blogger, 
if I forget my password? 
A   If you are unable to Sign-in, you may skip authentication (read definition), and go straight to the Google Blogger Help Forum at

Why is our blog public?
Updated 1/02/2012
A:  To help meet our family's objectives.

  • Whether a blog is public or private, hosting services establish a maximum number of E-mail accounts that may receive administrative access authorities; learn about Blogger limits here. Our blog hosting service limit on authors is roughly half the number of relatives in our family census, however, we're able to have an unlimited number of readers on a public blog.
  • We need a public web site to create ("burn") a web feed. Many in our family like subscribing to a web feed to receive regular, automatic updates of web-based content. These tools make it easy to keep up with the latest content from a large number of sites, all on a single reading list. There are even readers that work exclusively on mobile devices. Read more about feeds.
  • The online team does not have contact data for every relative.
  • We hope relatives will find us because anyone can find our public Blogs in Internet search results. Anyone can post comments (more info), use our Contact Form or send us an E-mail on our public media.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Family Group Mobile Views Ready July 20, 2011

Today, we implemented Google Sites' new Mobile View (not editing) for iOS 3.0+ and Android 2.2+ devices on our family group web sites. For other web sites, click here.

Starting August 25, 2011, and when you activate Google Sites new look, you'll enjoy a seamless  transition from desktop to mobile.

What other ways do you like connecting with family? Let us know in comments!

Family Census - July 20, 2011

Today, we have 191 persons in our census.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Mid-Year Status July 15, 2011

Here's a few notes about what we've done through June 30 (read 2011 priorities). More of us are connecting because you've increased households in our private address book by 20%, and web site registrants by 14%. Besides Mobile View, we've launched our first public family web sitescalendars, and Blogs.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Internet Image July 12, 2011

People respond to images instinctively. We're looking for graphic designers and photographers in our family to create and allow our re-use of professional quality photographic images and slideshows, logo(s) and symbols on our family web sites. Also, we'd like you to suggest changes to the typeface, plus offer any other helpful suggestions.

If you have, or know someone who has these skills, please Contact Us. To the graphic design and photography volunteers, we promise to key-in the changes, and make best efforts to at least get you and a friend a wonderful home-cooked meal. Please spread the word!

What other features do you want to see on our family web site(s)? Leave a comment!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Map multiple sites?

Is anyone willing to advise and coach how to map public and private content from our multiple web sites to a single domain name? 

Monday, July 4, 2011

Access Verifications July 4, 2011

We are trying to verify an incoming request received last night to share our private web sites. This affords us the opportunity to ask you to help us review our practices.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

URL updates July 3, 2011

New URL Effective Date

July 3, 2011 -  Love NY Music public blog (read more

July 3, 2011 -  Public Mobile Landing Page1 test (read about logos here)

July 3, 2011 - Family News (Sign-in required)

July 2, 2011 - Portal Public Test 100 (deleted)

For recent changes, please check bottom left corner of this page.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Status July 2, 2011

Comment Periods are underway. Please Reply By: 

July 15, 2011 - Public Design Review 200 content from and about our family musicians, educators, and theater artists

July 31, 2011 - Private view ("Sneak Peek") of  Photo Gallery test web site and express preferences on our Gallery Survey.  

July 31, 2011 - Mid-year private Address Book verifications 

August 15, 2011 - Social Networks Survey

September 1, 2011 - Suggestions to register domain name(s) for public web sites (Email the author!)