On-line media group supports
San Diego troops
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- Scott Sutherland
SAN DIEGO (Feb. 10, 2006)
-- Whether it's photos of a newborn infant or video clips of a
baby's first steps, military fathers and mothers deployed overseas
often need special moments to keep their morale high and to keep the
emotional attachments with family during the separations.
the old days, family members would send care packages that included
photos depicting current events. But now, a San Diego-based internet
company, DropShots.com, makes it easier than ever for deployed
servicemembers to share memories with families via on-line media
Using research gathered from a study at the
University of California-San Diego, DropShots spokesman Blake
Prescott says the web-based company is the marriage between
technology and human relationships, which he says "strengthens the
emotional bonds between people."
That emotional bond is
particularly fragile when families are separated.
proven that technology brings comfort to servicemembers on
deployment with videos and photos from family back home," said
Prescott estimates that about 3,000 users, or
roughly 4-5 percent of DropShots customers, are based in San Diego,
and he says many of those have ties to the
"DropShots is not only the first photo and video
sharing site designed for families," said DropShots CEO Darren
Hardy, "but it's also a unique relational technology that improves
and strengthens the relationships between people."
three-year study at UCSD was culminated by the formation of
DropShots. The study showed how advanced technology helped improve
human interaction, leading to better quality of life and improved
In a testimonial posted on the DropShots website, a
Navy spouse said DropShots "provided such an easy and convenient way
for me and my family to share pictures and videos. We don't live
near any of our immediate family anymore because the military moves
us around. It pleases the grandparents, aunts and uncles to be able
to see our children grow up and feel like they are still a part of
our kids' lives. Now that my husband is gone on deployment, using
DropShots, he's able to see videos of his daughters doing everyday
things that he misses so much. He sends photo and video messages of
himself so they know he is thinking about them. This has meant so
much to our family."
Gay Veale, stationed in England with the
U.S. Air Force, said she just had her first baby and was looking for
a way to share photos.
"I was desperate to find a site to
host not only photos but videos of the little guy to share with
family back home," said Veale. "I was surprised at how few sites
there were. DropShots is perfect for me."
engineered to be extremely simple and easy to use. To view, comment
or interact, there is no registration or login required. Every
process - uploading, sharing, sending, and writing comments - are
always done in one-click or less. DropShots is a free service for
uploading up to 500 pictures and 10 videos, after which a Star User
account is only $4.95 a month for unlimited use.
information on DropShots.com, the site hosts over 2 million photos
and 150,000 video clips, and is growing at a rate of over 35 percent
Although traditional care packages mailed to
deployed warriors deployed on ships or overseas will never be
replaced, the service provided by DropShots goes a long way to keep
the bonds of family snug and protected.