Saturday, December 31, 2011

Please reply today! Dec 31, 2011

Please spend a few moments today to share your thoughts about what you'd like to read on our family websites in 2012. You can take our anonymous online survey (here) and add ideas/comments below this post. We would love your feedback for making improvements to family news in 2012!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Where is Santa?

Ho! Ho! Ho! Children of all ages can start tracking Santa in real-time on using Google Maps and in 3D with Google Earth. "If" your phone is handy, you can also search for [santa] on Google Maps for Mobile to track his journey on the go, or follow on Twitter @NoradSanta.

Thank you, NORAD. Merry Christmas to all! 

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Facebook Releases Timeline Dec 15, 2011

Timeline is one one of the changes FB announced in September at the F8 conference.

You might like to read these articles:
10 Things You Should now About Facebook Timeline on
Facebook releases the Timeline for everyone on
Facebook Pulls Back Curtain on Timeline on
Introducing Timeline on
Facebook's Timeline-- Already boring and in need of a tune-up on

What do you think of Facebook's Timeline? Let us know below in comments.

Be smarter than a grinch!

This week's guest blog is written by an experienced risk manager from the financial services industry.

Illustration by Dr Seuss (Theodor Geisel)

Protect yourself from Phishing attacks, which are E-mail scams involving fraudsters pretending to be from legitimate businesses and ask you to verify or update your financial or personal information. Don't do it! If you fall for the scam, the fraudsters steal your identity and use it to commit financial crimes.

Never give out your personal information such as social security number, account number or insurance policy information, passwords, mother's maiden's name, or place of birth in response to an unsolicited E-mail or phone request. Do not provide your bank name, and never tell anyone the Personal Identification Number (PIN) assigned to log-in to your bank cards, credit cards or other merchant accounts (e.g., phone, utility, cable or homeowners accounts).

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Survey Says: Most wanted 2012 feature is...

From December 5 - 13, 2011, we conducted a web site poll asking, "What feature do you most want to see in 2012 big family news?" We asked our readers to vote for one of these choices:
  • Easier to use
  • More direct family Emails
  • Less web site content
  • Protected tweets
  • More user tips

Friday, December 9, 2011

Big Family News spreads holiday cheer

This week we've added a few festive touches to our web sites. Please be sure to visit and comment on any of our posts.
Also, we've reduced the width of this site; thanks for your suggestion!

Tell us what you want to see: Please answer a few questions to determine what we explore in 2012. Thank you for reading, and happy holidays!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Gmail & Contacts change Dec 8, 2011

Google is integrating Gmail (get started here) and Contacts with Google+ (G+).  Examples of upgrades includes automatic contact data updates from those in your G+ circles to your Gmail Contacts and posting photos from your Gmail attachments to G+. If you want, you can now show circle names on Emails in your inbox. For more details, read the Google Enterprise announcement

You might also like:
Introducing multiple sign-in preferences on Gmail for mobile on Official Gmail Blog
Improving themes in Gmail's new look on Official Gmail Blog
How real users helped us develop Gmail's new look on Official Gmail Blog
Changing information density in Gmail's new look on Official Gmail Blog
Designing Gmail's new left navigation on Official Gmail Blog

Monday, December 5, 2011

Survey Says: Top benefit is...

From November 28 - December 5, 2011, we conducted a web site poll asking, What is the top benefit of having a family blog that's public?. We asked you to vote for one of these choices:
  • Easy to find
  • View without sign-in
  • Social media connectivity
  • Forward posts by Email
  • Web feed
  • Follow by Email
  • Other
Thank you for your responses. 100% respondents said: Follow by Email, which means you receive an Email newsletter of new posts to this blog.

Here's how:
  • To Follow by Email, join our mailing list. You may get started with click here. Within minutes, you'll receive a verification; once you click a link in that Email, you activate your subscription. To stop receiving these Emails, use the unsubscribe now link at the bottom of every newsletter.

It's Computer Science Education Week!

From Dec 4 - 10, 2011, the USA is recognizing the third annual Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek).
Here's a chance to eliminate misperceptions about CS and computing careers and increase awareness about all the opportunities understanding computing enables.
Computer careers are growing. Read what you can do this week as a student, teacher, parent or as a citizen concerned about the health and relevance of your community's K-12 educational resources,

Friday, December 2, 2011

Family Address Book Edits Dec 2, 2011

Family relocation and new addition updates our address and Email lists. To view details, please sign-in at the bottom of After you Sign-in, you will find the current contact info starts here.

Google announces YouTube's new look

Read about YouTube's overall new design, new channel and Home Page design here.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

2011 Family Online Report Available for Download Dec 1, 2011

As we prepare (2012 annual survey) to enter our fifth year, we'd like to take a look at how "big family news" changed during 2011 to better match our family's changing habits. To have meaningful resources, we believe our family project priorities must be contemporary, creative and dynamic.

Our 2011 online team draft report is now available for viewing online and as a PDF file