I’m obsessed with the tangible. I read books—yes, real books, those paper things that come bound with cover pages and indexes and page numbers. I like the way they smell, a smell that can’t be replicated on an iPad or Kindle. I want evidence. Stone cold, hard copy facts. No digital boarding passes for me.
Don’t get me wrong—I’m not living in the past. I love social media, and I make my livelihood writing online content. But, like many people who grew up just before the peak of the information age, I have a tendency to print things. Not everything, but important things, like ticket confirmations and Visa statements. So when I heard that a few companies are offering services to print out your Facebook profiles, I was intrigued, to say the least.
In a recent article for The Social Times, I blogged about YearlyLeaf, a company that prints and binds your Facebook updates into a leather coffee table book. Soon after, we discovered another fabulous keepsake product with a similar thrust, so we thought we’d share it with our readers.
JotJournal is a digitally printed keepsake album of your Facebook stream. Like YearlyLeaf, the program translates your online updates, photos, and wall posts, into a printed hard-copy Facebook journal, not unlike a diary. But unlike YearlyLeaf, which captures one year’s worth of Facebook content, Jot Journal captures shorter periods of time and is meant to be printed monthly or bi-monthly rather than annually.
JotJournal was developed by Liesel Pollvgot. As the website explains, Pollvgot felt guilty that she never finished her daughter’s baby book, but quickly realized how much of her life was captured on Facebook. “I created JotJournal because it was a product I wanted” she tells me. “I am the mom of two young kids and I realized that I record so much of our lives with a quick snapshot of some everyday moment, or a status update about the funny thing one of my kids said.” Pollvgot wanted to develop a product that captured her online stream in an accessible and enjoyable format, like a traditional photo book or scrapbook.
I caught up with Liesel to learn more about her product. “I worked in the photo sharing space for about 4 years and designed JotJournal to give people who like to post about their lives on Facebook a super fast, super simple way to create a keepsake” she tells me. The process is simple: you sign in with Facebook, grant permission for JotJournal to access your stream, and in less than two minutes, you’re able to preview your book online. The book is 32 pages and covers your most recent posts.
The idea of JotJournal is that you’re able to order another book whenever you have enough new content, like an ongoing diary. And since the books are relatively cheap (at $15 apiece) you can keep ordering them and collect tangible hard-copies of your life’s stream. The books themselves are 8×8, softcover, and printed on glossy, high-quality stock paper.
For more information, visit their website here