This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by .
FamilyBurst: Social Media Platform Aims to Reduce World Hate
FamilyBurst: Social Media Platform Aims to Reduce World Hate
New social media platform shows how you are related to friends and celebrities, alerts you to cousins and family history sites nearby.
New social media platform shows how you are related to friends and celebrities, alerts you to cousins and family history sites nearby. Read more
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by .
FamilyBurst Celebrates the Human Family
FamilyBurst is a social media app, accessible via your mobile device and computer, that combines the latest in social networking technology with millions of DNA test comparisons and the largest collection of genealogical and historical records in the world (more than 3.3 Billion)! It shows users how they are related to one another - all within a social media setting that makes it easy to communicate, share photos, videos, live-stream and follow one another via social/news feeds.
We are very grateful to the many organizations that have collaborated to compile the data and make it searchable, which forms the powerful foundation for FamilyBurst. They include FamilySearch, GEDmatch, WikiTree, Ancestry, MyHeritage, Geni, and others.
One Global Family
Our aim is to make social networking a deeper, more meaningful interaction that will help make the world a kinder, more tolerant place. Unlike other popular social media networks that connect people only as “friends” or perhaps “colleagues,” FamilyBurst connects users into one world family tree. We already have the beginnings of this massive family tree with more than 117 million connected profiles and growing. With FamilyBurst, you will see how you fit into the world, you will find cousins and discover how you are related to famous people in the world family tree.
The following experiment, as seen on the Oprah Winfrey Network, is an example of how FamilyBurst can make a difference to individuals, families and communities around the world. The experiment used only DNA test results. FamilyBurst uses both DNA comparisons AND Family History Records to provide even greater detail and identify how you are related to more people.
4 Reasons To Love FamilyBurst
In the cyber universe, faceless, anonymous posting often facilitates—if not encourages—hostile exchanges and bullying. FamilyBurst tends to soften and refine the dialogue. In his book, It's All Relative, best-selling author A.J. Jacobs offers compelling evidence that when people know how they are related, they are more likely to respond more civilly towards one another, even if that relationship is distant. One recent study at Harvard of Palestinians and Israelis demonstrates that people are less likely to verbally attack one another when they realize how they are related. It doesn't mean they will agree, but the level of courtesy increases dramatically, allowing for better communication and understanding. (video courtesy of Momondo and AncestryDNA)
2. Family History Keeps us More Intimately "Rooted" to Lessons from the Past
According to Penelope Corfield of the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London, understanding our linkage between past and present is absolutely basic for a good understanding of the condition of being human and becomes essential for 'rooting' people in time. And why should that matter? The answer is that people who feel themselves to be rootless live rootless lives, often causing a lot of damage to themselves and others in the process. There is no more intimate connection to history than through our own ancestors.
As we become better acquainted with the successes and failures of our ancestors, we may, ideally, be able to learn from our mistakes and avoid repeating them in the future. A broader perspective of our ethnic heritage can provide us with insight into our cultures of origin as well as cultures with which we might be less familiar, thereby increasing cross-cultural awareness and understanding. Is it possible that enough people learning the stories of their ancestors who fought in a civil war or who suffered the abuse of oppression will help reduce the severity of civil discord around the world today? We think so.
3. A Sense of Connection to the World Family Increases Self-Esteem in Children and Reduces Teen SuicideA study conducted at Emory University found that the more children knew about their family history, the higher their self-esteem and the better able they were to deal with the effects of stress. Research by the American Society of Suicidology indicates that a strong sense of family connectedness may be the best deterrent against adolescent self-injurious behavior and teen suicide. (video courtesy of Momondo)
4. FamilyBurst is Fun, Exciting & Insightful
It's a lot of fun to see how you're related to anyone—your coworker, a classmate, a neighbor, or even a celebrity. Plus, it is exciting to gain greater insights into your own family history as you identify how you fit into the world. In this video, New York Times best-selling author, A.J. Jacobs, has some fun with Conan to promote the first Global Family Reunion. We are currently working with A.J. to plan the next Global Family Reunion to be held in conjunction with the release of FamilyBurst.
More About Some of the Rewards for Our Amazing Backers
How Does FamilyBurst Work?
1. FamilyBurst Connects You to Your Family Roots
When you register with FamilyBurst, you will be asked to provide basic family history information such as names and birth dates of your grandparents. With this information, FamilyBurst will search and find your family connections within a database containing more than 3 billion historical ancestor records. You will likely discover some relationships that surprise you!
2. Optional Ancestry DNA Testing Helps Match Cousins
You will also have the option of uploading your results from any ancestry DNA test. These easy-to-take DNA tests can be a starting point if you don't know any of your family history or they can be a great way to confirm the accuracy of your current family tree. Warning: you may want to grab a tissue for this video (courtesy of Momondo and AncestryDNA).
3. FamilyBurst Ties Us Into One Global Family Tree
FamilyBurst uses your family history records and/or DNA matching to tie you into a Global Family Tree of more than 117 Million profiles and growing.
4. FamilyBurst Recommends Social Media "Friends" Based Upon Common Connections AND Family Relationships
Like other popular social media apps, FamilyBurst will recommend "friends" by the number of connections or interests you share with others. However, FamilyBurst ALSO recommends "friends" who are closely linked to you in your family tree (e.g. 1st or 2nd cousins, great aunt).
5. FamilyBurst Shows Your Relationship to Friends, Celebrities and Key Historical Figures
Your view of other users' FamilyBurst profiles will show you how they are related to you within the Global Family Tree. They may be a 3rd cousin or a 12th cousin, but they are still a cousin! You will also be able to click through various categories of celebrities including sports figures, entertainers, politicians, royal families, business tycoons and key historical figures to see how you are related.
6. FamilyBurst Helps You Stay Connected to Friends, Family, and the World
Like other popular social media apps, FamilyBurst allows you to message and follow others, post videos and photos, stream live videos, create albums and stories and groups, receive news and social feeds. Additionally, FamilyBurst provides separate family groups so you can communicate privately with your close relatives.
7. FamilyBurst's "Ancestor Feed" Sends Tidbits of Information on Your Ancestors Based Upon Your Interests & Hobbies
Ever been bored listening to your parents tell you stories from your family history? FamilyBurst prioritizes the tidbits of information it sends you via alerts and ancestor feeds based upon your interests and hobbies. You're a ballerina? Learn how your great grandmother choreographed the school musical. Play baseball? FamilyBurst will notify you that your great-great uncle pitched for the Detroit Tigers.
8. FamilyBurst Notifies You of Nearby Sites and People to which you Have a Connection in your Family HistoryWherever you travel in the world, FamilyBurst uses GPS mapping to alert you of nearby historical sites mentioned in your family history. It will also alert you when a cousin is nearby that you may want to visit. You decide what alerts you want to receive and what information, if any, you want to reveal from your profile, so privacy (or too many alerts) is never an issue.
9. Family Burst Creates a Separate Profile for Every One of Your AncestorsYou will also have access to your ancestors' profile pages in FamilyBurst which will allow you to learn about them and update their pages with additional information you may uncover about them. This is a great way to store and share your family history with others!
3 Ways to Engage & Explore Links to Others in FamilyBurst
When users accept an invitation to connect with someone through FamilyBurst, they are instantaneously informed of their relationship—from close cousins to distant relatives to something in between.
View Famous Relatives & Common Ancestors
Access detailed information regarding your common ancestors, including a family tree showing where the two families intersect. This same tab maps a user’s relationships to famous people in history and many current celebrities.
Find New Connections to People & Places
As FamilyBurst users travel to different areas of their county, state, or country, the app’s map feature notifies them of any nearby geographical locations that may be of interest to them. For example, a person is traveling through the northeast by car. FamilyBurst could potentially alert him or her of an old farm where a great-great-grandfather lived. As he or she passes through the city of Boston, for example, they may learn that a cousin lives nearby and have the opportunity to invite their cousin to make a new connection via FamilyBurst.
Can I Use FamilyBurst on My Mobile Device and PC?
Yes! FamilyBurst is a cross-platform app developed using a React Native framework developed by Facebook for creating native-style apps for iOS & Android. It will be accessible as a native app from iOS and Android devices and via Windows-based web browsers.
Why We Need You
As far as we've come, we've only just scratched the surface of what's possible with this technology. We need your help to take it further, and make FamilyBurst a reality. We are off to a promising start but we are hoping to gain the help of early users and supporters to expand and finish the project. If you can help us, we promise to make the rewards and finished product well worth it. You'll also be included as an early adopter of this exciting project. For that we cannot thank you enough!
The Incredible FamilyBurst Team
Many thanks to the extraordinary members of the FamilyBurst team, who have been putting in long hours to get this project ready!
Design & Development
Fueled Mobile App Design
Marketing & PR
App Development Budget
100% of the funding received by our backers will be used to develop the FamilyBurst app and fulfill the rewards promised to our backers. Here is the budget breakdown at our funding goal of $550,000. If we exceed our goal, additional funds will be used to expand and enhance app features.
Fulfillment of Kickstarter Rewards - $185,000
App Development - $365,000
Planning - $22,000
Design - $42,000
Features - $84,000
Infrastructure - $124,000
App Administration - $40,000
Testing - 49,000
Deployment - $4,000
Do You Have a Unique Idea for FamilyBurst?
We've received many outstanding suggestions for additional add-on features - and we'd love to hear your ideas! It will take us some time, but we plan to continually improve upon the FamilyBurst platform by adding many new and exciting features. Do you have an idea for a great application? Explore the geekier part of FamilyBurst as our future plans include a vast, open API so you can create your own app using the FamilyBurst platform. Our team of developers, designers, and expert genealogists have access to millions of DNA test comparisons and more than three billion ancestral files and are continually looking for new ways to make this information more accessible and meaningful to our customers.
We're proud to have fans all over the world. We will ship our rewards worldwide, with the exception of Argentina, Belarus, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Myanmar/Burma, North Korea, Ukraine, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Please note that you may be responsible for duties, fees and taxes applicable to your region.
Risks and challenges
We've participated in two previous Kickstarter campaigns with other companies and we've learned a lot. Kickstarter campaigns are a lot of hard work. It can be tempting to make promises that could go unfulfilled. In our previous experiences, we've worked overtime to deliver every product on time without sacrificing quality to keep our customers and supporters happy. While this campaign is significantly larger in scope, we have taken significant measures - including extensive research, planning, and top-notch talent - to ensure that we will meet or exceed our commitments to you.
We are doing everything we can to make certain that we are able to deliver everything we promise from both a technical and management standpoint. Our team includes a highly successful CEO, a former finance executive, a Fortune 500 software project manager, a c-level marketing executive, the executive director of a genealogical association, the director of a university entrepreneurship center, a PR professional, and an intellectual property attorney.
We are aware that a loss or breach of data is a risk that could seriously delay the completion of our project. To ensure that all development data and user information is secure, we employ a highly secure data backup system with 3-level redundancy. Additionally, most of the records from which we pull data are backed up by the largest supplier of genealogical records in the world.
Established Vendors & Suppliers
We are very careful in the selection of each of our vendors and suppliers, including app designers. Each of our vendor/supplier partners is evaluated for financial stability and product quality before entering into any agreement to assist with development or delivery of our products.
Strategy Execution & Product Quality
In addition to a comprehensive business and marketing plan, and an experienced management team, we use an Agile development method to ensure that our completed products meet the changing demands of our customers. We believe that the future of our company is dependent upon exceeding customer expectations.
We have already worked with multiple app designers to complete proof of concept, create detailed mock-ups and ensure the deliverability of our final product. All features are included as part of our development timeline and based upon reaching our funding goal.
Should we exceed our funding goal and meet our stretch goals, we will proceed to evaluate our production goals for add-on features. After significant consideration, we believe that these additional features are individually feasible, yet they will require additional proof of concept and time to make certain that they can be developed and delivered on time and as described. Any required extension to our timeline will allow more time for beta users (YOU!) to help us fine tune the app.
Growth & Human Capital Needs
While we are already an established company capable of managing large projects, completion of the FamilyBurst project will require additional staff. Time requirements for hiring and training additional staff have been included in our planning. Minor adjustments may need to be made to our timeline to account for necessary staffing increases or reductions based upon campaign response.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter