Two Possible Replacements for MyFamily.com – Spokt.com and FamilyLobby.com

Dislaimer: I have not used either company’s product so I don’t feel qualified to review them. I am merely offering them as two possible alternatives to MyFamily.com. As other companies offer replacements for MyFamily or other Ancestry.com sites is closing become known to me, I will add them.

As always, please research any company, free or paid, before choosing to use their products. Check their ToS (Terms of Service), prices, cancellation policies, renewal policies, and other pertinents before signing up.

I became aware of Spokt.com from a comment posted on 23 June by Dan Hixon on my post about Ancestry closing several sites. Spokt.com is a paid site, but it’s only $29/year for up to 15 GB of space with additional space available at $1.99/GB. The 15 GB plan should meet the needs of most users. They offer a 75 day unconditional guarantee. That’s rare; with most companies, you might get 7 – 30 days. Spokt is developing a MyFamily Migration tool.

A second contender is FamilyLobby.com. FamilyLobby offers one free and two paid plans. The free plan includes 100 MB of space. The paid options are $4.79/month (or $52.99/year) with 3 GB space and $8.99/year (or $98.99/year) for unlimited. You can compare them at FamilyLobby’s Tell Me More.

If anybody uses either or both sites and wants to do, or has done, a review, please let me know.

 

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3 Responses to Two Possible Replacements for MyFamily.com – Spokt.com and FamilyLobby.com

  1. Robert G. says:

    Surprised you fail to mention mygreatbigfamily.com. Private family websites loaded with interactive social features and even includes an online family tree feature that lets you import your GEDCOM file into your family tree.

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  2. jefferyhixon says:

    Spokt has launched the MyFamily migration tool called Mayflower. Here is a link:
    http://spokt.com/mayflower/myfamily-migration-export-tool

    I have been using Spokt for 7 years and it is great. It is professionally designed, lightning fast and it feels great to be able to have online conversations with family and friends. It is hard to stay in touch as lives get busier and distances increase and Facebook lacks the intimacy of a group conversation. Spokt provides that intimacy and smooth usability that helps me feel close and keep up to date with the people I care about most.

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  3. Bob says:

    I have had both a Spokt site and a Family Lobby site for several months now. Prior to that, I was an administrator/owner on a 13 year old MyFamily website.

    Family Lobby is an establish website Host and therefore is much further along in features and protocol. It offers lots of colors for site backgrounds and it facilitates music very well. It’s design and protocol is not similar to MyFamily, so MyFam refugees will have to be willing to learn ways of doing things that were second nature on MyFam. I’ve found it to be not as user friendly as MyFam, but then I only know one other site that is comparable to MyFam design right now, and that’s GoClub.US. But despite it’s similar design, even GoClub doesn’t work exactly like MyFam did. The main drawbacks I see with Family Lobby right now is that (1) their What’s New feature is practically non-existent; (2) their photo gallery feature is not user friendly; and (3) their comment and reply protocol is poor because replies are not indented to make conversations easy to follow as they were on MyFam. They do have a Recent Changes section, but it is small, crowded and difficult for members to decipher and determine which post they have or haven’t already seen. Family Lobby told MyFam refugees they would work to make their site functions comparable to MyFam’s. In fairness to them, they have made some changes, but now that they have many MyFam refugees on board, they seem to have been lukewarm about adding more MyFam features. Time will tell. The Family Lobby migration tool to move MyFam site data to their sites was free but yielded only fair results – particularly with links and such.

    Spokt is a relatively new website host which lured many MyFam refugees by promising to make their site feel like home for them. Although they have promised enhancements which will mold their sites into an image similar to MyFam in functions, they have not implemented even one of those promised enhancements as of November 2014. So although Spokt’s migration tool was perhaps the best of the 3 sites I’ve mentioned thus far, about all we can do on our Spokt site is carry on black and white news posts and upload photos (nice quality photos though). There is no music upload feature available at this time.

    We are currently using our Family Lobby site as our interim main site tight now and waiting for both Spokt and GoClub to implement the enhancements they promise MyFam refugees so we can compare the finished products of the 3 sites and choose a permanent home. GoClub sites are free but ask for optional donations twice annually. Here’s a link to the features of GoClub sites:

    http://goclub.us/?Features

    And here’s a link to a demo version of the GoClub MyFamily look-a-like site where you can play around on it and see how the features work for yourself:

    http://goclub.us/demo1/

    When switching websites, we’ve learned not to make snap decisions. We hate to ask our members to move again – this time it would be from our interim Family Lobby site – if that becomes necessary, but we are determined to wait for FamLob, Spokt and GoClub to show us their finished products with all enhancements in place before we plant our roots permanently again.

    If you are still looking for a replacement for the now defunct MyFamily websites, I wish you the best of luck – and patience.

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