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50% Enhances Web Site For Creating Digital Time Capsules

Brothers Tom and Michael Kane run, which allows families and groups of friends to preserve their history for future generations., a digital time capsule for families and groups of friends, said on Friday that it's enhancing its site to allow people to contribute stories on common themes.

The Web site just launched "Themes," where members can add stories and other content on specific topics. For example, a Brooklyn group named "Cringe" is inviting adults to share embarrassing and funny writing from "melodramatic teenage journals, diaries and song lyric books."

Cringe's founder, Sarah Brown, plans to release a book of the contributions in May.

Brothers Tom and Michael Kane run, which allows families and groups of friends to preserve their history for future generations. Users can archive and display text, images, video, and audio on

"Our family and friends tell stories every time we get together," Founder and CEO Tom Kane, said in a statement. "The problem is we have fewer and fewer opportunities to share our experiences in person. With Commontales, we've created a way for scattered relatives and friends to tell what's happening in their lives and keep their friend and family circles vital and thriving."

The site allows members to store events, stories, other information, and online memorabilia in a safe place, "just like a time capsule," Tom Kane said.

"In the end, their stories are more than just modern-day autobiography or scrapbooking -- they're media-rich, first-person genealogy," he explained. "Imagine the value of this site as it grows, when you can choose a place on a world map and a year and find out how life was lived there at that time. It's going to be an incredible resource for anyone interested in the story of human life."

Alan Brown contributed stories from his grandfather, who escaped from Auschwitz on foot in 1944. One soldier in Afghanistan wrote about the life, dreams, and struggles of a translator he befriended. And a U.S. Air Force member is trying to find out more about elaborately painted "jingle trucks" he sees in Afghanistan.

The site is also available in Spanish. And works with non-profit groups, allowing them to reach online audiences with news about children's successes and animal rescue efforts.

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