Thursday, 24 May 2018

A note on "Why we need Familybirdz?"

(This note is written by one of our Familybirdz-Stars, Madan M Reddy, who is studying in Christ College at Bangalore. He can be followed @madanreddy46 on Instagram.)

When was the last time you stopped and smelled the roses? Can’t remember? Maybe that's because we are living in such a fast-paced world! Everything is happening so fast and the days are just flying-by that it seems like we are losing-out on time. In today’s world, this fast-paced lifestyle is causing more problems than it solves!

One of the problems of living in the fast-paced world is that we tend to forget the important days of our beloved ones and other commitments given to our relatives. Living in the fast-lane maybe efficient for getting things done, but it can cause stress and make us forget the important people and memorable days in life!

Taking all these into consideration, we’ve come up with an app called “Familybirdz” which isn’t just another social networking app but an effective and smart app to help you know about your friend's family and vice versa.

The secret-sauce of happiness amongst Indians is these connected-families of relatives and friends, across generations.

Familybirdz reflects this real-life social networking with connected-families and fosters Indian culture. Join Familybirdz and cherish relations, occasions and memories.

Please do install the app through https://familybirdz.in/#fbzapps, explore the features and let us know your comments through reviews on play/app store.

Thank You. :)

Monday, 2 April 2018

UX betterment in Familybirdz app

Familybirdz team keeps enhancing user experience (UX) of the app, in every release. The latest version has two major enhancements from that perspective.

1) sharing of varied content for self and dependents from one place:

‎A new floating button is introduced, clicking on which all options to input and share new content with connected-families is presented. With the consolidation, user also gets to understand the concept of dependent (a member who cannot manage his or her own account, who gets added to a nest directly), as he has to select self or dependent on a drop-down every-time a new piece of content is shared. Add dependent option is also included here for that understanding as well as to increase usability. The ability to manage relations, occasions and memories for dependents is quite unique to Familybirdz and first-of-a-kind.

The content that is shared goes to connected-families, across generations, as appropriate. Any user who sees a content item in his buzz has NO provision to share it further. This prevents propagation of any fake-information in the system. As Familybirdz goes with no-ads policy, it provides a private space to cherish relations, occasions and memories with connected-families (including that of friends).



 
2) Presentation of moments in a standard way across all screens:
An ALL tab is introduced in moments section with appropriate icon-based tabs next to it, for viewing respective moments. The moments are presented in timeline under these tabs. The same view is presented when others' moments are visited. Moments cards are standardized across ALL and buzz screens.



We would be glad to get your feedback on the updated UX!

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

New version of Familybirdz Launched!



We are happy to launch a new version of Familybirdz with significant usability enhancements, thanks to all your feedback. Here are some highlights of this new version.

Member-menu

You can click anywhere on a member-card (and not just on 3-dots) in any screen to know about details of that member. Enlarged version of the profile pic with a menu would be displayed. From here, you can check-out the profile, nest (immediate family), circle (connected members), moments, photos, family occasions or even chat with that person.



Who is this?

This option is available in member-menu and when selected displays your relation with that person. If you do not seem to know a member in buzz, occasions or any other screen, select this option to figure out who the person is.



Bottom action bar in main screens

All frequently used options including buzz (receive updates from connected families, across generations), photos (upload and view your photos), moments (share and view your moments), chatter (chat with connected members), requests (all bond requests received and sent) and today (all occasions for the current day shown in one place) are provided in an action bar at the bottom of all main screens.



Action bar for cards

Buzz, occasion, moments and photos sections have standardized and appropriate action bar at the bottom of each card in them. These options include hearting a buzz item, wishing on occasions, remembering a member when he / she passes-away, viewing all photos and seeing history of moments.



START screen

Clicking on ‘start’ option at the bottom shows a screen divided into blocks. The blocks provide options to define and view one’s own family, know about all connected families in circle / tree and many options to keep in touch with connected families. That is also the essence of Familybirdz. Info block has options to watch videos about Familybirdz and also share Familybirdz app details with others.

Cherish relationships!


Thursday, 27 July 2017

A platform for 1.3 billion Indians to cherish relationships in digital age !



In modern times, Indian families are getting nuclear and distributed. While Indians are family-oriented and value relationships, the distance is leading to communication gap. There is no platform for them to ‘bond better’ with families – including extended family and also families of friends, teachers and students – and keep in touch. 

Existing social networks are all ‘individualistic’ and do not allow any scope for ‘bonding of families’, which form the ethos of Indian society. It’s a challenge for most of the families to know the list of 50 families that they are deeply connected-with, even in this Internet age.

Popular social networks allow only the account holders to be connected with other account holders. The dependents – like kids, senior citizens, digital illiterates and deceased – are left out of the system and have no role to play in the context of activities in these systems. Also, the connections of these dependents fade away with location-change or after they pass-away.

There is no platform for Indian families till now, for online activities that reflect the social fabric of Indian society – know each other’s family better, celebrate occasions of all members including those who do not have online presence, inherit social circle, know family tree, offer tributes to people who pass-away, connect students to teachers at family-level and so on. 

We built Familybirdz platform to enable one to connect with FAMILIES of relatives, friends, teachers & students and keep in touch with them. It is #MadeInIndia and primarily meant for Indian families. 

Through Familybirdz, every member in a family can be present in the system, either as an account holder or digital dependent. One can connect with other members in the system – account holders or dependents – using real-life relationships and form a bond. Immediate family members are grouped together into a small unit known as ‘Nest’ in Familybirdz. A bond between two members in the Indian context is actually a bond between their families. So, when one connects with 50 members, it is equivalent to connecting with those 50 families (nests) ! Think of all the families that one would invite for a grand occasion like marriage at home. This is a reflection of one’s  real-life social network with added advantage that technology brings them even closer. 

When members across nests are connected with immediate family relationship, family tree gets extended. There is a provision in Familybirdz to browse through this family tree and know who-is-who or whereabouts of extended family.

As one can also connect with families (nests) of friends, teachers and students, one can see their social circle here. In Indian context, every member in a family typically knows the circle of each other. Reflecting the same behaviour, the circles of each of the nest members is allowed to be navigated as ‘family circle’ in Familybirdz. Family circle is thus the combination of circles of parents, siblings, grand-parents, spouse and children. One’s memorable life-activities are associated with members in this family circle in Indian context !
Join Familybirdz, connect with your near & dear families and keep in touch !  

Familybirdz intends to bring every member of 1.3 billion Indian population, and also the Indians across globe, on this platform. Every life-story could be shared with near & dear families and more importantly to future generations !

All those working professionals, self-employed and businessmen… let your busy-life not affect social networking. Make your presence felt for all the social occasions and never miss an opportunity to show gratitude !

All those teachers (in colleges and schools including teaching of fine arts like dance, vocal or instrumental) who work passionately and consistently with only interest to see their students shine… let the students be connected to their Guru !

All those farmers, weavers and others working in informal sectors tirelessly, to cater to their family… let your sons and daughters provide virtual identity for their parents and grand-parents; let your occasions like birthdays and wedding anniversaries also be celebrated with near and dear families !

All those homemakers & modern-dads… apart from your daily chores and work-routine, you take the role of a relationship-manager also at home. You need better tools, especially to manage your kids connections, occasions and moments !

All those NRIs… you have that urge to be connected to the roots always. While being connected to families back home, you can leave a legacy of wonderful Indian culture to future generations !

All those senior-citizens… you have worked for long and nurtured a beautiful family. You need to relax and cherish the relationships you nurtured all along. Take pride and carry your family, extended family and family circle in your pocket !

All those school-going and college-going adults… you have a great responsibility of carrying Indian culture and traditions on your shoulder. Do not take your previous generations for granted but take them along in life and cherish relationships !

We request you to join this unique and first-of-a-kind platform that reflects Indian social networking in digital age. You can leave a valuable legacy for your next generation – relationships and memories – through this platform while fostering Indian Culture ! 

Familybirdz – Cherish relationships !

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

What is unique about Familybirdz?


Familybirdz is an online private social network to keep in touch with FAMILIES of relatives and friends, across generations. It helps cherish relations, occasions and memories.

It is primarily meant for Indians and 'Made in India'. The idea is to blend traditional India, supporting family & social values, and modern India which is thriving on Internet growth.

As first-of-a-kind app across globe, It empowers Indian families with the following unique aspects.

  1. people get bonded with real-life relationships, thus reflecting real-life social network online.
  2. brings dependents (like kids, senior-citizens and un-educated), who cannot manage their accounts by self, into online social-network, thus making it complete. Their relations, occasions and memories could be managed by corresponding account-holders in the family. About 85% of Indians, who do not have digital footprint online, can be taken-along in life-journey with this provision.
  3. helps connect and keep in touch with families of relatives and friends, including that of families connected to parents, siblings, spouse and kids – wish on birthdays and wedding anniversaries, share photos and moments, offer tributes to those who pass-away. All these connected-families constitute our family-circle.
  4. helps nurture children’s connections from early age and launch into account holders at appropriate time, along with their activity til then.
  5. lets everyone know who-is-who and whereabouts of extended family members
  6. helps leverage the social circle of spouse, siblings, parents and grand-parents to tap into their network for wisdom, knowledge or practical help.
  7. allows seamless inheritance of relations, occasions and memories to future generations.
  8. allows sending a special occasion invite to members in family circle, inviting specific members in each family. One can invite all families they typically invite for an occasion like marriage at home.
  9. above all, there would be no advertisements, no 3rd party apps, no fake-news and app is free-to-use with clean UI.
In essence, Familybirdz is designed to be a digital twin of real-life social networking in Indian context.

Check out the following videos to understand more about Familybirdz.



Friday, 10 March 2017

How is family circle leveraged in Indian context?

Family Circle
Family circle represents the combination of your social circle, your parent’s circle, your siblings circle, your kid’s circle and so on. In Familybirdz context, family circle constitutes of families of relatives, friends, teachers and students of all members in “My Nest”. The list of these members can be seen in one screen under ‘Circle’ section. 

Our life-events are enjoyed mostly with members from our family circle. Though a lot happens in life outside this circle too, these circle moments are more meaningful and worthy-to-remember for us. 

Some of these moments around family circle members…

  1. the biggest event in any Indian family is a wedding. One invests a lot of time and effort to make this event memorable in life for the bride and groom. The invitee list for this event is the entire family circle…
  2. get-togethers could happen when someone comes from abroad, a person takes retirement, to welcome a new born into family or just to catch-up over a weekend for fun. Aunts, uncles, cousins, friends of self and siblings make their presence felt on these occasions…
  3. son completed his degree and looking for a job. Parents would look in their network for suitable contacts…
  4. a subset of family circle is invited for private house-warming ceremony. Families close to parents and siblings are invited…
  5. daughter going to a different city for job or post-marriage and parents would like to connect her with members from their family circle in the new place…
  6. a birthday bash, especially for a kid below 10 years or senior citizens around 60 years, is a rejoicing moment. Family circle members are gladly invited for this occasion…
  7. uncle is looking for transfer of his government job to his favorite place and looks for recommendation from appropriate persons through family circle…
  8. wedding anniversary of parents or grand-parents are celebrated quietly with few members from inner family circle…
  9. holiday trips are more fun with fellow families…
  10. someone in family might be looking for contacts to a PR firm, connections to a doctor, introduction to personnel in government department and so on. In most of these cases, in Indian context, those people are found in the family circle only…
Baby showers, naming ceremony, annaprasana, mundan, akshara abhyasa, upanayanam, half-saree function, engagement, mehendi, nalugu, sangeet, funerals, religious recitals and many other such events are times for family-gatherings in Indian context, where members from family circle are invited.

Familybirdz provides a platform to connect, know and keep in touch with all these members in family circle. 

Saturday, 25 February 2017

How do I use Familybirdz App?


Familybirdz is a social networking app which is useful for anyone who wants to connect with families of near & dear and keep in touch with them. Familybirdz ensures that all members of a family are present online and reflects real-life social networking. It is made in India and made for all Indians. The app is available for Android and iOS platforms.

As it is a social networking app, the first step is to sign-up, which is absolutely free.  After sign-up, there are just 3 steps to cherish relationships using Familybirdz:

step 1:  Build ‘My Nest’

Build ‘My Nest’, which shows one’s immediate family. This involves ‘adding’ all those members in family, who cannot manage their accounts by themselves and are denoted as ‘dependents’ in the system. Other members in immediate family, who can manage their accounts can be ‘invited’ to become ‘account holders’. Building ‘My Nest’ is a one-time effort.

step 2:  Bond with Families

Once your relatives, friends, teachers or students also join Familybirdz, search and bond with them using real-life relationships.  Once you are bonded, you can see their nest and anyone in their family can see your nest. You can establish bonds for your dependents also. You can thus bring all the families that matter to you and your family in life, to one place – virtually.

step 3: Keep in touch

You can invite members from your family circle for any occasions, wish them on their occasions, offer tributes to those who pass-away, check out your entire family circle, know your family tree or share life-moments.

Here is a video which shows how to follow the above three steps using the Familybirdz app: