A Google Nexus 7 Tablet? Yes, Please!

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Disclosure: This giveaway prize is provided by Familiar. I was not compensated for this post, I genuinely love using Familiar, and all opinions are my own.

“Can you send me more pictures of the children, please?”

“Okay, Mom. I’ll do that. After I put the kids to bed tonight.”

{two weeks later}

“Did you email me the pictures?”

“Er, not yet. I need to pick the good ones, resize them, then send them to you in batches. There are A LOT, Mom.”

I’ve had this conversation with my mother more than once (okay, practically every month since I’ve had my first son, but who’s counting?). For the first year or so, I managed to update my parents, who live a few hours away, with monthly pictures. My updates have been sporadic since then, because curating pictures to be emailed is more time consuming than cleaning the bathroom with a toothbrush (I imagine. Not that I’ve ever tried).

Imagine how thrilled I was when I was first introduced to Familiar.

In their own words, “Familiar turns every screen into a 21st century photo frame directly connected to family and friends. With Familiar, the best and cherished memories are displayed on the screens of loved ones into a customized channel. It’s simple: capture a moment and send it directly to the screens of your private network. Any device’s ‘down time’ is a huge untapped opportunity to enjoy cherished photos and videos and Familiar allows you to do just that.”

Familiar is also optimized for Tablets. What this means is, you can turn your tablet into a digital picture frame when it’s idle. Rather than putting away a tablet when not in use (like when it’s being charged), you can watch a fun slideshow on your tablet-now-21st-century-digital-photo-frame.

iPad slideshow

Basically, it’s like your personalized screensaver. Or in my mother’s case, HER personalized screensaver of stitched-together photos and videos of her grandchildren. Yes, video. It’s the first ever. Like ‘no-one-has-ever-done-this-before’ ever. All you have to do is upload your photos, add your contacts’ email addresses, and voila!

Collage of the children

Some of the photos I shared with my parents on Familiar

Other nifty features include automatic personalization: Familiar learns what photos and videos you like more, whether they came from you, or your friends and family, and they personalize your photo frame for you. And for you bloggers and social media fans, Familiar offers integration with the most popular photo & video services such as Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, and Google’s Picasa.

Watch the video below to see Familiar in action and then download on Google Play or iTunes.

Now, on to the giveaway! Familiar wants you to experience the 21st Century Photo Frame so they’re giving away a Google Nexus 7 Tablet (16 GB)! Enter in the Rafflecopter widget below for a chance to win.

Google Nexus 7 tablet

Giveaway entries open midnight July 1st and close at midnight July 11th.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Find out more about Familiar’s newest features in this press release.

How do you share photos with your friends and family?

My post about time and how I need to be friends with it again is published at Mamalode. I couldn’t be more thrilled. Would love some visits there, if you have a few minutes. Thank you!

Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and DrGreene.com. She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • July 1, 2013 Wehaf

    I like that you can set up different channels for different people.

  • July 1, 2013 Maureen

    What an awesome, giveaway, Alison! The video part is winner I think 😀
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  • July 1, 2013 Tracie

    I love that it is easy enough for grandparents to use…and that you can have personalized channels.
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  • July 1, 2013 vanita

    Oh this is awesome. and i forget to send out pics of the kids to friends and family too. Familiar sounds awesome girl. thanks so much for sharing and you know i’m entering!
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    • July 1, 2013 vanita

      loving the streaming capability. the program is brilliant. downloading from itunes now too!

  • July 1, 2013 Ilene

    I had no idea about familiar or that you would turn your tablet into a digital frame. So cool!
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  • July 1, 2013 AlwaysARedhead

    What a great idea. Currently I use Dropbox to share photo’s, but you are just sending files as they are, but Familiar sounds far cooler.
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  • July 1, 2013 Jess

    OK, the video is pretty terrific, but nothing beats being able to share so easily with so many. I love that Familiar works on any screen and is so integrated. I can please mother in law with a PC, grandpa with a Mac and Grandma with a Kindle all while sharing from places I’m already posting photos (Facebook, Flickr). Easy easy easy-what mother wouldn’t like that?

  • July 1, 2013 Kathy Radigan

    How cool is this!! I have never heard of this either and am so excited that something exists that grandparents can use, because that would mean I could actually use it!! I also like that you can use it as a digital picture frame.
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  • July 1, 2013 Kim

    This looks like an awesome app! Photo sharing is always a good thing. (How I love photos!)
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  • July 1, 2013 Nicole

    What a great giveaway! I love to share photos with family & friends, but I hate the process of resizing too. Definitely have to check out Familiar!
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    • July 1, 2013 Nicole

      P.S. just read your AWESOME post on Mamalode.Having trouble with Disqus comment sign-in, but just wanted you to know that I LOVED your reflections and can totally relate to everything you wrote about!

  • July 1, 2013 Tamara

    I’ve never heard of this – what a great idea! And of course the different channels thing is amazing. I keep hearing “The Jetsons” theme song in my head. Technology continues to blow my mind regularly.
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  • July 1, 2013 Jenn M.

    My mother says this to me all the time—can you send me some pictures? I am highly intrigued by this! Thank you for the chance to win.

    • July 1, 2013 Jenn M.

      Oops forgot to say that my favorite feature is how easy it can be to share images with so many different people so easily.

  • July 1, 2013 another jennifer

    This sounds super cool and easy to use! I will definitely check it out. Thanks for sharing!
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  • July 1, 2013 FitBritt

    Oh wow! I need this! I spend so.much.time with my photos. It is consuming my life! So great!
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  • July 1, 2013 thedoseofreality

    This is a fantastic giveaway! Would love to win! :)-Ashley
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  • July 1, 2013 Alyssa

    I am so glad you posted this review. I have been needing something just like this to share photos and video of our newest little with my in-laws in Hawaii and California. (we are in PA.) Thanks so much for the info!
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  • July 2, 2013 Kiran

    I really need to get this. My parents would love this!
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  • July 2, 2013 Carolyn Y

    I like how it stitches photos together. And diff. channels for diff. people, cool!
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  • July 2, 2013 Melissa

    I like that you can integrate photos from all your social media options. Very handy.
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  • July 2, 2013 Greta

    I LOVE that you can automatically send pictures to family. That’s awesome.
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  • July 2, 2013 sarah

    my kids’ google nexus tablet’s screen cracked a month or so back and we’ve been looking to replace it with another. But um, if I won one instead….AWESOMENESS. Fingers, toes, arms, legs and eyes crossed!
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  • July 2, 2013 Jonathan Baker

    I really like the integration to both Facebook and Twitter!

  • July 2, 2013 Crystal

    Great giveaway! Love the video part, too! 🙂
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  • July 2, 2013 janice

    I love this. what a great idea. I think my fave would be the screensaver while idle feature. I can actually see things while it’s charging. and that would be awesome for the million pictires I take every day!
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  • July 2, 2013 Theresa J

    I love the videos to screen. I have loads of unwatch videos

  • July 2, 2013 jasi

    this looks like a fantastic program. i love making slide shows of my kids pictures but it’s SO time consuming. i really like this feature of Familiar. really neat! thanks for letting us know about the giveaway!

  • July 2, 2013 Christine

    I love that it makes use of a devices downtime to creates personalized screensaver.
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  • July 2, 2013 Susanne

    I love that you can upload photos from so many different devices!

  • July 2, 2013 Blond Duck

    You just reminded me I needed to email pictures!
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  • July 2, 2013 keely

    You had me at modern picture frame. (I can see my Mom’s head exploding in joy from here.)
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  • July 3, 2013 Alexa (katbiggie)

    Love it! Love that they make it so easy. I am terrible about sharing pics as well!
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  • July 3, 2013 Lady Jennie

    I definitely need this since my parents are in a different country from their grandkids!
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  • July 3, 2013 Stasha

    What a brilliant idea. I love how this new age makes everything so much easier. Although I sound a lot like you when it comes to sharing photos with family 🙂

  • July 3, 2013 Leighann

    I am always looking for new ways to send pictures of my family. This is brilliant.
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  • July 3, 2013 Chrisor

    I’ve never heard of Familiar before! I like that it’s free. 🙂 Also that you can browse by person.
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  • July 4, 2013 RJ

    Familiar sounds awesome. I will be looking into that. My Mom is always asking for pictures.
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  • July 4, 2013 Margot C

    I like that you can create a customized and personalized screen experience.

  • July 5, 2013 Stephanie

    My favorite feature is that is so easy to use. I love it!

  • July 6, 2013 Jennifer

    I had no idea Familiar could do that. That is very cool.
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  • July 6, 2013 Justine

    I love the channels. It seems like a great repository … and easy enough for grandparents to use!
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  • July 6, 2013 Carlos

    I love the feature of Familiar learning about my choices and that it displays pictures and videos based on my preferences, but what really piqued my interest is the Nexus 7 feature of automatically opening Familiar when it’s loaded in the charging dock! That’s one neat feature!

  • July 6, 2013 Jennifer Essad

    I’m finding it hard to choose my one favorite feature, but I think the most important is the privacy of “feature”!

  • July 7, 2013 Katie

    I like that you can set up different channels for different people. So more pics for my parents and in-laws and maybe less for other people. Or different pics in different channels. Mom and Dad maybe don’t have to see me chugging that beer. 🙂
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  • July 7, 2013 Mary B

    Love the different channels! Neat product.

  • July 7, 2013 kimalso

    As others have mentioned, the video is a great feature. This would be great for pics and vids of the grandkids. Nice giveaway, too!

  • July 8, 2013 Alma

    what an awesome giveaway, I could use another gadget in my life!
    I love that it can share with the photo services and iTunes, Wow!
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  • July 9, 2013 Robin

    What a cool idea!

  • July 9, 2013 marilyn

    I like that you can integrate photos from all your social media options.

  • July 10, 2013 Kimber

    I think I most love that it just appears in the frames! My in-laws would love this. Good thing I am already thinking Christmas!
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  • July 11, 2013 kim

    Its easy to use

  • July 12, 2013 Andrea

    I will have to check this out! I am not a huge picture taker or sender but I am always looking for something to get me there.
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