Do you have a scrapbook? Traditionally, creating a scrapbook was a very physical activity which helped to preserve your real life memories in a book format to look back at and share at a later date. Scrapbooking has turned into an billion dollar business and even merits its own conferences and trade shows. Technology has improved over time and enabled scrapbookers to create a scrap book masterpiece digitally online and then export it to the more traditional paper medium of a bound scrap book. Scrapblog, a Miami-based startup, is leading this charge by offering scrapbookers an easy to use online Flash-based toolset.
I first came across Scrapblog last April in the hallways of the Web 2.0 Expo and got a chance to meet CEO and founder Carlos Garcia. Backed by a Disney-lead round of funding, Scrapblog launched last fall and has since been distributing its product across the Web as it watched its traffic steadily climb (see compete traffic chart below). One of Scrapblog's partners is the popular ABC television sitcom, Ugly Betty, which leveraged a Scrapblog canvas to enable fans to turn themselves into an Ugly Betty. I ran into Carlos again last week in the hallways of the Future of Web Apps Miami conference. I got a chance to sit down and was privy preview of what is coming soon from Scrapblog which includes improvements to the already slick Scrapblog builder tools (as shown in the screen-shot below). Additionally, I captured a Scrapblog video walk through with Carlos (shown at the bottom of this article).
Personally, I was never a big scrapbooker though I did have a book that I used to collect all my sports headlines from my "glory days." I think if a Scrapblog toolset was available back then I would have leveraged it to preserve all my newspaper clippings online. In fact, I would probably even pay someone today to take all my clippings which are turning yellow with age and put them online. Hmm, could this be a new business idea...any takers?
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