Calendar Tour

We are very proud of our calendar, it is beautiful, easy to use, and above all else: simple. We continue to work and improve Spokt to make it a better place for families and other groups of people to keep in touch. Watch our blog for announcments and Like our Facebook page to show your support.

Watch the video below for a tour our newest feature:

 

A Fine Day for a Calendar

On the internet April 1st is a day full of fake announcements from companies but today we have a real one: Hub Calendars.

We have deployed a simple event calendar which will help families keep track of birthdays, anniversaries, and other events.

Watch for a video later this week demonstrating the features or dive right in!

Mini Calendar on Hub Home

Above is what you’ll see on your hub home.

 

Family-Friendly Comedy Skits

My kids, aged 7 and 5, love watching Studio-C. Studio-C is a sketch comedy show (not unlike SNL), but with clean humor, so the whole family can laugh together. After you’re done catching up on Spokt, I have a few of my favorite sketches for you to watch. Enjoy!

 

 

Screencast: Tour of Books

Thanks to Katie, our newest Spokt team member, for her voice on this screencast. Books are how our users organize their posts on Spokt.com.

Remember each hub can have any number of books: you can decide what is appropriate for you and your hub. Posts can be included in multiple books simulutaneously.

 

Spokt Enhancements

Below is a list of enhancements we’ve made to Spokt during the past few weeks.

Mobile
• The mobile website now uses the full size of larger phones (like the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus) as well as landscape support.
• Edit your posts and replies on your phone.
• Simplified login screen.

Books
• View books as a list.
• View books in alphabetical order.

Hub Admin
• Filter Member lists and view in order of first name, last name, or date joined.

Other
• Replace Photos:

 

#TheDress that broke the internet, and how Spokt helped solve it

If you’re on social media, you’ve no doubt heard of #thedress. The debate lit up our feeds like a sparkler in a fireworks factory. The hunger for an answer (and a fix) was monstrous. We, too, were a bit swept up by the craziness. As it turns out, the opportunity arose for us to contribute to a real solution, the bonafide answer to the question of “what”, the “why”, and the “where” behind the entire fiasco. And we couldn’t say “YES!” fast enough!

The “where” was Blackpool, UK. There was a lot of debate early on as to where the actual (original) photo happened, but thanks to the definitive video below, that is no longer in question. There we also get an answer as to what happened, and more importantly why. We’re glad this debate can finally have some real closure, and hope it helps you cope with the reality that sometimes cameras get it wrong, and when they do even our very best friends and most admired family members can be tricked into being wrong too. 😉

Leave your comment below and let us know what colors you see. And while you’re at it, let us know if anything has changed for you since seeing this video!

Copy and paste the link below if you’d like to share this video:

P.S. Keep an eye on the blog for our upcoming #thewatch giveaway announcement next week, where we’ll be doing just what the name implies: giving away a brand new Apple Watch!

 

The Most Photographed Generation Will Have No Pictures In 10 Years!

A grateful Spokt.com user sent us the link to this article. We felt it was definitely worth sharing. He and we believe that Spokt.com gives L I F E to old photographs!
In the words of our fellow Spokt.com member, Denis Martin: “Spokt certainly provides a solution to the highlighted problem – especially with respect to cataloging and sharing the most important pictures in our lives. Facebook allows sharing immediately but it is not a great retrospective tool nor is it easily searchable. Thanks for creating and maintaining Spokt – and providing us all with a solution for the future…”
Thank you Denis!

https://mikeyostphotography.wordpress.com/2015/01/31/the-most-photographed-generation-will-have-no-pictures-in-10-years/

 

15 Genealogy Quotes We Love

15 Genealogy Quotes We Love:

Here are 15 of our favorite quotes about family history. Enjoy!

Every man is a quotation from all his ancestors. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you are lucky enough to be a genealogist, you are lucky enough. – Ruth Padilla

Friends come and go, but relatives tend to accumulate. – Unknown

The past is not dead. It isn’t even past. – William Faulkner

Genealogy: Where you confuse the dead and irritate the living. – Unknown

There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his. – Helen Keller

If you don’t know history, you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree. – Michael Crichton

We inherit from our ancestors gifts so often taken for granted. Each of us contains within this inheritance of soul. We are links between the ages, containing past and present expectations, sacred memories and future promise. – Edward Sellner

Research is what I’m doing when I don’t what I’m doing – Wernher von Braun

We need to haunt the house of history and listen anew to the ancestors wisdom. – Maya Angelou

To forget one’s ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root. – Chinese Porverb

Some family trees have beautiful leaves, and some have just a bunch of nuts. Remember, it is the nuts that make the tree worth shaking. – Unknown

If we tried to sink the past beneath our feet, be sure the future would not stand. – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Most of our ancestors were not perfect ladies and gentlemen. The majority of them weren’t even mammals. – Robert Anton Wilson

The thing that interests me most about family history is the gap between the things we think we know about our families and the realities. – Jeremy Hardy

Why waste your money looking up your family tree? Just go into politics and your opponents will do it for you. – Mark Twain

– See more at: http://familyhistorydaily.com/family-history/15-genealogy-quotes-love/#sthash.1Ol6ATej.0UMQjjsl.dpuf

 

Your Family Tree Explained

Here is a pretty fun and explanatory video made by CGP Grey to help you figure out who is who in your tangled family tree!  After watching it, tell us the name of your Second Cousin Once Removed in the comments below.  For extra credit, tell us your Great Great Grandmother In-Law’s Grand Aunt.

 

Oh No! You Forgot Your Password???

Forgetting your password can be a frustrating experience.  Inevitably it happens right when you’ve sat down with a friend or family member to show them your Spokt.com Hub or you have a great idea for a post and you want to log in and get it all written down before you forget.
This post is intended to help you understand the “Forgot Password” issue and to give step by step instructions and show you what you should be looking for.
When you go to log in to your account and can’t remember your password, you should simply click the “Forgot Username or Password” link highlighted in yellow below.
This will take you to a second screen where you need to enter the email address that is associated with your Spokt.com account and click the “Reset My Password” button.  If you have multiple email addresses, please be SURE to enter the one address that corresponds with your Spokt.com account.
SIDE NOTE: We strongly recommend having one Spokt.com account per person.  Even if you have multiple hubs, you do not have to have multiple Spokt.com account with multiple usernames, passwords, emails, etc. If you have or think you have multiple accounts, you should merge the accounts to avoid confusion and log in problems. To merge your accounts, please follow the instructions found in this short, informative video: http://blog.spokt.com/general/new-feature-account-merge-tool/.

An email will be sent to you within a few minutes.  Please be patient as this can take some time to be sent to your email program.  If you don’t see it in your inbox, please check your spam and junk folders to locate the email.  It is also a great idea to add “donotreply@spokt.com” and “support@spokt.com” to your “safe senders” list.  The email will look something like this:

Please click the long link embedded in the password (highlighted in yellow above). When you do, you will be taken to a page that will direct you to enter a new password.  You can also use the password you thought was correct.  In either case, whatever you enter here will be your new password going forward.  Enter your new password in the space provided and click “Update Password”.

Once you click “Update Password” you will be automatically logged in to your Spokt.com account and a message at the top will indicate that your password has been updated successfully (shown below highlighted in yellow).

From this point on, whenever you log in to your Spokt.com account you must use this new password.  If your internet browser remembers your passwords, it will likely try to remember your old password instead of the new one.  We recommend finding where to update your saved passwords in your internet browser application and updating the password there as well.  Regardless, you MUST make whatever changes necessary to your internet browser to allow you to type in your NEW password – even though it is most likely remembering your old password.

We hope this post is informative and helpful and improves your Spokt.com experience!