5 Ways to Digitally Connect With Your Family This Holiday

by Robyn Wright on April 15, 2014

in Tech

We are in the middle of another big holiday time this spring and lots of us will be visiting with family once again. While you may have already connected with some family on Facebook, Twitter, etc., there are probably some other family members that you have not connected with yet. During these family get togethers is the perfect time to find out who is on what networks and follow and friend them as you like as well as share other digital information. Our smartphones and tablets are powerful devices to keep us in touch with family. As a #VZWBuzz Lifestyle Blogger for Verizon I am happy to share a few ideas on ways to use them during Easter and other spring holidays.

  • Connecting on  Social Networks

    connect on social networksIf you have a common last name (like mine, Wright) it is a lot harder to find the right people. When you are with family search your Facebook and let them find the right account that is actually theirs if this is an issue. There may be some family who do not want to be friends with you on Facebook and that is okay too. Everyone uses social networks differently – respect everyone’s wishes. For other social networks that you use get their user names also. Twitter, Flickr, Instagram, Food Spotting, Vine, Google+, Tumblr, and all the rest. Just like with Facebook, sometimes it is easiest just to have them find their account for you. Some of your networks might be new to family members. Make sure that if they are interested you take the time to show them what those networks are about and give them a lesson in getting started.

  • Update Your Address Books

    Most of us have moved to digital address books. This is the perfect time to update your information for everyone. Make sure you have their current mailing address, telephone number, and now include email addresses as well. Just about all phones will let you add a photo of the person to their entry so take a new pic of them while you are at it.

    Update your address book

  • Update & Plan Your Calendar

    Be sure to check to see if you have everyone’s birthdays in your calendar. Remember to set those as annual recurring events so they will be there each year. If there are big events coming up be sure to add those even if dates and times are tentative. Things like graduations, weddings, showers, family reunions, due dates, etc. Now is the time to also plan actual future activities with the family instead of just saying “we should get together again sooner”. You have a calendar in your hands, set a date! I do this with my Verizon Nokia Lumia Icon smartphone (provided to me as a #VZWBuzz Lifestyle Blogger for Verizon).

    Update and plan on your calendar

  • Share Family Recipes

    It seems that at every family holiday event there is great food and someone asks for a recipe. If it is already digital that makes it easy to share but if not you can still get it on your smartphone while you are there in a number of ways. You can manually type it up in your favorite recipe app or notepad type app. You could use a voice recorder or video to have the person tell the recipe to you. If the recipe is in their cookbook or on a recipe card try snapping a photo of it with your phone even. If you have a chance, take a photo of the cook and the finished dish together too!


    Robyn, Grandma, Aunt Judy, Ronnie, Aunt June and bunny cake Grandma made - 70s

    This is a very old photo of me (little girl on the left) with this fabulous bunny cake that Grandma Hoelker (just above me in the white shirt) made. It’s fun to have memories like this with actual recipes!

  • Make and Share Family Photos and Videos

    When you are together is the perfect time to share photos and videos you already have with each other. Many smartphones will let you simply tap phones to send things now or you can use a cloud service or texting or even email. Whatever works for the devices and services you have. Along with sharing past memories, be sure to create new ones! Not just posed photos, but fun photos of the family doing things together. Plus video – ask the kids to tell you a joke on video or ask Grandma to tell about how she met Grandpa. If you celebrate Easter you cannot forget to record those crazy Easter egg hunts either!

We really do have such amazing technology in our mobile devices these days. Make sure that you utilize them to the fullest. However, also remember that you have to put the phone down sometimes too and just live in the moment and enjoy your family. There is a balance we need to strike with our technology use. If you want to share the photos and videos and other things you can do a lot of that after the fact. Take your photos during the event, but you can wait to Instagram them later for instance. The moment is always precious so do not waste it.

How will you use your mobile device to connect with family this spring holiday season?

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Robyn is a #VZWBuzz Lifestyle Blogger for Verizon

© 2014, Robyn Wright. All rights reserved.

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{ 10 comments }

1 Ravzie April 15, 2014 at 4:47 pm

Cute photo with the bunny cake. We connect here by actually speaking. Very low tech.

2 Robyn Wright April 16, 2014 at 7:29 pm

Nothing at all wrong with the low tech too!

3 SippyCupMom April 15, 2014 at 4:49 pm

Aw, I love the photo and the cake! I don’t know where I would be without my calendar on my phone!

4 Robyn Wright April 16, 2014 at 7:29 pm

Same here – it all has to be on the phone!

5 tannawings April 16, 2014 at 2:52 am

Love the bunny cake! We mostly talk on the phone and occasionally see each other. My brothers arent really into tech at all. I think one brother finally got the hang of resizing pictures just a month ago. He sent pics of the kids now and then. I try not to put everything into a phone… reason being is if you had to call and your phone was lost heck you wouldnt know the number :) I still memorize all the important ones.

6 Robyn Wright April 16, 2014 at 7:32 pm

Agreed you need to know some phone numbers too. As far as losing the phone – that is why you sync them now with your cloud – everything is saved even if you lose your device.

7 Robin April 16, 2014 at 5:31 am

We are all pretty good about sharing photos with our extended family, but I would like to see us share more videos and recipes too. Thanks for the suggestions!

8 Robyn Wright April 16, 2014 at 7:32 pm

You are welcome Robin!

9 Katrina April 17, 2014 at 9:36 am

I would say sharing recipes, videos and pics are the biggest ways my family and I stay connected. It’s usually always shots of the kids, but my husband and I should get in on the action too.

10 GlArthy April 27, 2014 at 6:43 pm

I like Skype and any social network that uses audio – many. Good advice all-round, Robyn. I like the second point a lot.

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