The New Family Slideshow is Daily – How Sharing Video is Caring

Posted on: by Michael Tringe

I was walking in a park with my parents yesterday, and my mom was asking me if I saw my niece rolling down a hill of grass like a little lawnmower. The only thing is, we were in New York and my niece lives in San Francisco, but mom had seen a videothat  my brother posted on “Path” – an app that allows you to share media more privately than its much more public social alternative, Facebook.

I convinced my entire family to join this very “technical app” a few years ago – in the hopes that we would be able to “stay better connected” by sharing our “little moments” throughout the day. And yesterday my mom mentioned how much fun that has been for her living in the middle of Nebraska to be able to “follow along” and “look forward” to seeing our posts every day – since the rest of us are living in California, Vermont, and Washington DC.

It’s no secret that in the U.S., families are very spread out, and also usually very busy. Sometimes a phone call isn’t enough to really communicate what our experiences are – and how unique or special something we saw or experienced might be. And if you’re like me, you may not be as likely to make a video online that’s as personal or share photos or share videos of intimate moments with close family or friends with your full Facebook friend list.

Before Path, most of our personal family photos or videos got stuck on the computer – and maybe would get edited later if we could find it all and share it all when we were all gathered in one place for a holiday or special event once a year.  And none us were really trying to make a video online if it was personal. We were also reluctant to make videos with our phones if no one was going to watch them and they just took up space. Now we were able to easily share pictures and share videos on a daily basis with each other, and as a result, get to know each other a little better. My personal favorites are the videos where I get to see my nieces and nephews grow up before my eyes.

While it’s not video blogging exactly, or even as comparable to trying to make a video online, I love the fact that my family is making videos to share – and in making videos more frequently, they are becoming more familiar with the process of making and sharing videos on whatever they have handy like their cell phones. And even better if it’s a short video of my niece rolling down the hill like a little lawnmower.

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Written by Michael Tringe

Mike Tringe earned his MFA in Film Production from USC and has worked at Creative Artists Agency Film Sales (Paranormal Activity, Black Swan), Vuguru, Michael Eisner's multi-platform studio, (The Booth at the End (Hulu), Don't Ask, Don't Tell (Snag), Little Women Big Cars (AOL), and Blip Networks (300 million monthly views, Smosh, Annoying Orange, Nostalgia Critic).

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