Thu 22 Feb 2007
Since the beginning of time, not matter your race, religion, background, the people of Earth have a few things in common. One is that we all have a family. You can make your arguments how there is no way you are related to Sloth, your third cousin on your mom’s side, but you know deep down you are. Geni.com (said genie, as in Genealogy) can help you track down the family you know and more importantly the family you don’t know.
The strength of Geni.com is the simplicity. If you know even just a few people in your family, the tree can grow to hundreds or even thousands because Geni allows you to make it a group project where the whole family can get involved. Once you add someone with their email address that person can add the people in the family they know and so on. Geni is still in beta and they are adding new features on a regular basis.
Geni has had a little trouble in the early going, but the good kind of trouble. They have had explosive growth thanks to the viral nature of their service, the high profile and well-connected company leaders and of course the blogospehre.(Erick wrote a great post!) This has caused their servers to be a bit overloaded, and they are working very hard to improve this. They also feel that they have reached some internal goals in terms of traffic numbers that has opened up their hiring as they brought new employees on board this week. (of Feb. 20). They have a multiple phase approach to their growth with right now their main focus users and features.
Overall Thought: So easy that my mom has added more family than I have.
Full Disclosure: TechLife was asked to try this out during private beta. My family has started talking on the phone and email about this and is even making plans to fly to the same city and do some research and visiting. With nearly 400 people already on the tree, it could be quite the event.
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