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Allow lifecakes for Friends and Family

Its great that you can easily show the photos of a set or individual children, but wouldn't it make sense to have the parents and other family members or friends identified/filterable as well?

I suppose I could add them as 'another child', but they might not be so keen on having their age displayed as a constant reminder of the decrepitude (I am including myself here).

I suppose tags could be used, but I like the idea of seeing their little photo and selecting them.

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Adam Atkinson shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
under review  ·  AdminIpek (Chief Satisfaction Officer, lifecake) responded  · 

Thanks, Adam! We actually made the dates go way back in time, so people could do exactly that: create lifecakes for older family members. (One of our team is actually creating a lifecake for his grandpa for his 90th birthday present this summer :-)

But we hadn’t thought about the birthdate being something people might not want to advertise, Good point! We will have a think about that at our team dinner on Monday and see what we can think of.

Keep the great ideas coming!


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  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hi! I've just joined on a friend's recommendation. I have 3 children and have uploaded photos for all of them. Is there a way to see all the photos uploaded under one child's name and not the other two?

  • Adam Atkinson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hi Nicholas, I've discovered an issue with too many lifecakes. In fact two issues.

    1. I can't seem to find a way to adjust the lifecakes of a photo on the iPad.
    2. The way the selection box appears on the web means you cannot have more than 4 lifecakes. Could I suggest that you have the list appear below in the masses of white space there? You can get around it by typing a description with lots of long words that result in a multi-line description.

  • AdminIpek (Chief Satisfaction Officer, lifecake) commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Thanks, Adam! You're expressing your thoughts absolutely coherently :-) We sit and talk about these questions all the time.

    Sorry about the Website - we will change that to go back to 1900 on Monday (but, as you say, you can do it on the iPhone or iPad for now).

    Ownership will be interesting. Right now you can create co-owners. Our team members who have kids fully expect their kids to take ownership of their lifecakes one day. (One of our customers told us her 4 year-old daughter requests they look at her own lifecake together before bedtime every day, and I imagine soon she will start calling the shots :-).

    One thing we've done, though, is to make everyone's view unique. So what your family member might want highlighted in the timeline, you yourself can hide in the 'drawer' below. Everyone gets their own view.

    What would be great to hear - if you do create lifecakes for family members - is in what way things might be limited or not quite right for them.

    Thanks for the thoughtful feedback and perspective. We can't wait for the day when you child(ren) are looking at their own lifecake!

  • Adam Atkinson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    That's interesting Nicholas. The Web site only goes back to 1990, but I did find I could go way back on the iPad app. I'll have a go at creating myself and my wife as children.

    I'm curious how this may work, for example, if I created a Lifecake for my wife under my account. Who owns it? Really it should be her. Maybe she would want to take ownership of it and construct her own display, but as a partner I may prefer to present a different light. How may these differing intentions be accommodated?

    When my kids grow up, maybe they will want to own their lifecake? They may want to juggle the favourite photos for themselves, but I may be dismayed to find my carefully constructed work changed to pictures of their drunken escapades rather than my proud moments when they get their degree!

    I don't think I'm expressing my thoughts particularly coherently here, but I'm driving at the future when a lot of this data may need to have its ownership expanded to our offspring/partners/siblings.

    You asked to keep the ideas coming, but I'm thinking this might be more of a verbal discussion than written.


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