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I’ve been using Ancestry.com for a number of years now, but with a basic membership that only gives me access to records from the United States.

I was excited to receive an email about free access to Irish records for St. Patrick’s Day, as I found out through my Ancestry DNA test that I am actually 39% Irish! Unfortunately, there was such a big miss with the rollout of this free access, and I was incredibly disappointed with it. The social promotion potential was completely blown.

From the email:

This is great, because the free access is helpful to those of us looking for Irish records, and also is a good way to offer a preview of the more expensive global membership. I click the “kiss me I’m 7% Irish” image because I am hoping I can get one of my own to share socially.

On the actual website, I’m shown another image, and encouraged to explore AncestryDNA. There is no social option here!

I would love nothing more than to upload a photo of myself and have an image created automatically that would show how Irish I am, and obviously, would be a great promotional tool for Ancestry.com.

Additionally, a one-time creation of a social image generator could be customized to feature any one of the major groups that your DNA result assigns you to. This could be used at any time, for anyone’s personal reasons, and then promoted around appropriate dates, like this promotion for St. Patrick’s Day.

From my own experience, I find that once people get into checking out their family histories, they become quickly obsessed. Even creating this little tool as a gateway for people to find their way to Ancestry.com would be a strong additional to their marketing and promotional plan.

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Instagram Roundup #55

by Jamie Sanford on September 4, 2013

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My apologies for the lack of posting since last week’s roundup. I was sick, and then sort of stayed away from my computer over the long weekend.

A different view of our floor in the storage unit building.

Found out while watching Who Do You Think You Are? that Cindy Crawford‘s 10th great grandfather hung out with MY 8th great grandfather when they came to the US from England. She was presented with this book during the show, and Will obtained it for me so that I could review it. This book smells old and awesome, and the pages feel brittle. I have only skimmed so far, but there’s a lot of interesting information about the people who started this colony in CT in the 1600s.

Mostly was in hiding over the holiday weekend, but did get online to watch Nine Inch Nails at the Made in America festival. This is my 5th show live-streamed this summer, and it’s been a treat.

Will went through a ton of stuff in his desk/office area over the weekend. He found a number of hard drives that had to be altered before being recycled. I would not want anyone pulling my old hard drive out of the discarded pile, plugging it in and trying to find out my SSN and my blood type. No thanks.

This is Boomer, my aunt’s pug. He has a lot more grey hair in his face now that he is getting older.

After reading about it for ages, I bought bee pollen at the NJ state fair, and have been on 2 tbsp a day ever since. I should have done proper science on this but instead, I’m just eating it every day and hoping it is helping my situation.

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2012: The Year in Instagram (Q2)

by Jamie Sanford on December 29, 2012

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April

Nail polish continued to be dangerous, especially in large groups like this one.

There were a slew of polka dot manicures after I bought nail art pens.

We photographed a local brush fire that month too. My photos are documented here.

Noritake’s traditional dinner at the Nippon Club during the Tabletop Market.

I found out in April that I’m descended from a witch, and went to Milford in Connecticut, because my Sanford line started in the US there. I took this picture of the memorial bridge noting my 8th great-grandfather and great-grandmother were town founders. The name misspelling is unfortunate but still, I love it.

Here’s me with my cousin Andrew’s grave. His parents were accused of witchcraft, and his mother was hanged.

The whole reason we went to CT was so that Will could receive his Christmas gift. He got to drive a steam train!

After the train, we went to the Mystic Aquarium, and I fell in love with the beluga whales.

Back home, back to work, more pictures of the Flatiron Building.

May

We went to the New York Gem and Fossil show in May. Having been obsessed with sarcosuchus, I was super excited to see a skull replica.

I was most impressed with my ability to get this close to the ATM without hitting it.

Traveling again – here we are on a plane to Florida in May.

Short but sweet was a trip to the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, FL.

I have to go to Publix whenever I am in Florida. I love it.

A beautiful stop at the Sunshine Skyway pier while heading back to Mom and Dad’s house.

Later in the week, I had the AMAZING experience of feeding Randall the giraffe at the Lowry Park Zoo. It was one of the best things I’ve ever done.

I also got a tattoo while in Florida. I haven’t written about it yet, but I’ve just had more work done to it.

June

Documented an INSANE heat wave.

Closing out the month was a trip to the carnival in the Meadowlands parking lot. It was already halfway through 2012.

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