Four Ways You Can Help Support Military Families Including Digitizing Photos

ScanMyPhotos has always supported our country’s military families. We recognize that they face hardships on a daily basis that most of us will never know. Imagine not seeing your spouse or children for months and missing events such as the birth of a child, a first word spoken or something as simple as that first goal scored in pee-wee soccer.
Back in 2004, ScanMyPhotos partnered with Operation Homefront, Kodak, Sony and Canon to collect new and used digital cameras for military families, a campaign we called “Operation Photo”. We believed that through sharing photos, families could share both the special and the day-to-day moments that make being separated so hard. We also understood that not every family could afford a digital camera to do this. It’s hard to imagine now, but back then, even a 3MP camera would cost someone $250-$400, not a price tag suitable for those on fixed income like a military family. (If you wish to donate your working, used digital camera today, please contact Operation Homefront directly)

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10 Tips for Making Your #ThrowbackThursday A Viral Hit

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My mom with me when I was about the same age as my son is now.

Recently, here at ScanMyPhotos.com, we polled a population of our customers to find out what their key motivators were for digitizing their analogue snapshots. We expected to hear that people were looking to preserve family history, or salvage crumbling photo albums from Father Time. We figured social media would play into their plans, but boy were we surprised when we found out that 45 percent of our new customers traced their motivation back to the viral hit #ThrowbackThursday!

 

If you are a social media fan, especially if you love Instagram where the #ThrowbackThursday (#tbt) phenomenon started back in 2011, then you are already familiar with the raucous laughter that this trend brings to the end of a work week. After spending way too much office time surfing #tbt pictures, we realized that folks might like a little creative suggestions to help them make the most of their Thursday photo fun. So, here we have our top 10 considerations for getting the most out of your #ThrowbackThursday.

 

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Cool things to do with your Instagram photos

b53a1dca488e11e180c9123138016265_7By now, everyone is familiar with, if not addicted to, Instagram, that plucky little app that launched in 2010, has grown to over 100 million users and was purchased by Facebook for $1 billion.
Sure it is fun to take the photos, add some filters and share them but don’t you wish you could do a little more with the photos? Thankfully, there are now numerous other fun things you can do with your Instagram photos instead of just posting them to Facebook.
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Parade Magazine makes ScanMyPhotos a “Parade Picks”

ScanMyPhotos in Parade MagazineQuick, can you name the most widely read magazine in the United States? I bet you didn’t know that it is Parade Magazine which has a circulation of 32.5 million and nearly 60 million readers. Additionally, the Parade Digital Partners, which includes Parade.com, has nearly 50 million unique visitors every month. Typically the magazine only has one main article mixed with some smaller articles and regular columns. One such column is the “Parade Picks” column which highlights various books, movies, and products that the editors think their readers would be interested in.

 

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Millions Get Nostalgic With Photos Every Thursday During #TBT

TBT RulesA sizzling hot trend in social media happens every Thursday. From celebrity baby photos to average social networking fans sharing yesteryear family celebrations, millions of people are having fun and getting nostalgic by sharing their decades of rediscovered legacy photo snapshots during ‘Throwback Thursday’ [“#TBT”].
Even businesses are adopting this online sensation by sharing long forgotten photo flashbacks when their companies were just starting out. Casinos in Las Vegas are a fun example to view legendary buildings of yesteryear and famous luminaries on immense vintage marquee signs which are no longer with us.
“Posting old pictures from your childhood to 1980’s-style fashions on leading social media platforms is easy, just include the “TBT” Hash tag. The challenging part is how to get thousands of analog pictures and 35mm slides digitalized; that is where ScanMyPhotos.com plays an integral role. Nearly 45% of all our photo digitization orders worldwide are linked to people participating in ‘Throwback Thursday,’” said Mitch Goldstone, president & CEO, ScanMyPhotos.com.

 

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