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I Have a Son and Kidpost is Open to Everybody

Posted June 5, 2014

I figured it would be a mistake to just write about how Kidpost is now open to everybody (go sign up if you have kids, please), so I’ll start things off by introducing you to my son, Jackson.

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Jackson was born on March 22nd, which makes him 10½ weeks old. It’s likely you’ve already met him — I post a photo on Facebook or Instagram almost every day — which makes it seem unnecessary to tell you that I love him with the fire of a thousand charcoal grills. It’s amazing I’ve gone this long without a tiny human in my life.

I’ve been writing little journal entries about him, which I’ll occasionally post here, but this is what I posted on Facebook after he hit the two month mark.

Today, Jackson is two months old! He’s now got a few tricks up his sleeve. He’s smiling a lot and grunt-laughing, which is really cute. His back and neck are quite strong as he’s able to keep his head up with a little support. He’s also “standing” — we hold him around his chest and he pushes up with his legs. He LOVES doing it.

He’s also been a pretty good sleeper, so we’re going to try getting him to sleep through the night in month three. In fact, last night was his first night in the crib and he got more consecutive hours than I care to admit, lest I jinx it.

Here’s hoping month three is as awesome as month two. A+++++ WOULD HAVE JACKSON AGAIN

BTW, he is sleeping through the night and yes we realize how lucky we are and that I should not have mentioned this publicly because now we are jinxed forever.

Sharing Jackson’s adventures and Kidpost

As I mentioned, I’ve been sharing Jackson’s adventures over the last two months and it turns out people on Facebook like babies — who knew! It also turns out that Kidpost, the product I’ve been building with Khoi and Mike, is incredibly useful.

Whenever my wife Jori or I post something to Facebook or Instagram, we tag it with #kidpost. Then, once a day, Kidpost looks for any tagged posts, packages them up in a really awesome email, and sends them to my friends and family. It’s been a huge hit; my mother-in-law — who isn’t on Facebook — responds daily with comments.

I’ve also seen a handful of friends use the product and get great comments from their families. It keeps them from having to email a Dropbox link to 100 photos every month and helps with any family members who eschew the modern web. Getting smaller-dose updates in an easy-to-digest package seems to be easier on parents and more enjoyable for their families.

It’s great hearing this from friends, but we’re ready to hear from everybody. Kidpost is free today and through the end of the open beta, because we want to make sure it isn’t just useful to us. We’ll charge a very reasonable fee once we’re sure, because we, and our families, want this to exist for years to come.

Relatedly, I’ve loved working on Kidpost. Not only does it solve a real problem, but it solves a real problem for me. It’s also satisfying to work on a small product from end-to-end; you think of an idea that makes it better and you build it.

Give Kidpost a Whirl

We’ve worked hard to make the product fun and easy-to-use, but we want to know now if it needs work. If you’ve got kids and you’re sharing photos of them on Facebook or Instagram (more services are coming soon), it’d be great if you signed up and gave Kidpost a shot. If not, please tell your friends.

At the very least, go visit our homepage — it has some amazing illustrations by Keenan Cummings.

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Kidpost!

Posted January 21, 2014

It’s been a few months since Facebox, which means it’s time to announce a new project! Khoi and I are working together1 again to build Kidpost, a product designed to help parents get photos of their children into the metaphorical hands of their loved ones. Khoi explains the genesis of the concept quite well, but here’s the crux of why we’re building this:

In some ways, it’s easier than ever for us to get images of our kids to those who care about them most, but in other ways it’s still much harder than it should be, too. I know for a fact that the sheer number of venues for sharing has made it difficult for my parents and in-laws to keep up with the images that Laura and I post to Facebook, Flickr, Instagram and other services. And truth be told, even I frequently miss some of the photos that Laura posts, too.

In other words, it’s easier than ever for modern parents to post content, but it remains difficult to get everything in the hands of those who care. Our solution to this problem is email. There are 3 basic steps:

  1. Sign into Kidpost and link your Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and whatever accounts.
  2. Kidpost watches your accounts for properly tagged posts and pulls them in.
  3. Periodically, it sends an email filled with photos to an email list you create.

It’s a simple solution to an annoying problem and I can’t wait to use it when my first child arrives.

We’ll be launching in the spring, but you can get on the mailing list now for early access. We’re looking for eager beavers to give us feedback on the product, but I’ll be sure to post updates periodically to the blog.

Footnotes
  1. I’m also really excited we’ve brought Mike in on this project to handle back-end tasks. We just met, but he seems awesome.

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