Families and friends across the country are tapping into technology to stay connected. At first, it was a quick email to say “hello”, then we found out how easy it is to attach a picture to an email, to post picture albums to social network websites .. . Now more and more families and friends are finding unique ways to share their experiences and keep in touch.

There are a variety of ways to share memories online:

Email – One of the most popular and easiest ways to share is through email. Simply scan images, attach them to an email and hit the Send button.

CD – Many photo developers now offer the option of having images developed onto CD-ROM. In this digital format, photos and images can be shared through email or even by presenting the CD as a gift.

Video – The best way to capture an entire story, such as a wedding, party or vacation is to use a variety of memorabilia including photos, audio message, music, journal entries and other items that can be scanned in, such as cards and event tickets. Smilebox is a popular service for scrapbooking, Ecards, and more. User can share their Smilebox creations free of charge, or select premium options for print, DVD burning, expanded music choices, and no advertisements.

Web Site – There are a variety of web sites that offer tools to build a personal web site without any knowledge of complex programming. While this can be a creative way to showcase and update information, it is important to remember that many sites can be accessed by the general public and some sites will only host personal pages for a limited time. Check out MyFamily.com or TribalPages for a private, free web site with photo and video capabilities.

Blog – In simple terms, a blog is a web site, where you write on an ongoing basis. New entries show up at the top, so your visitors can read what’s new. Then they comment on it or link to it or email you. You can share photos and video with a blog also. BlogSpot is a free and very user-friendly blogging tool with a host of applications to make everything as easy as possible.

Facebook – Millions of people use Facebook everyday to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet. Because of the popularity of Facebook it’s ideal for staying connected with current friends, locating lost friends and family and making new friends.