In 2009, TreeRing introduced the first yearbook that parents and students could customize online. Today, TreeRing is introducing the world’s first social yearbook by integrating the popularity of social networking with the safety of a private network for schools. The entire school community can share, like, and comment on photos, memories, and events from the school year. Parents and students are then able to personalize their yearbook by choosing the photos and memories they find most important, and have those photos and memories printed in their unique copy of the school yearbook.
"Yearbook sales have been declining but not for lack of interest from schools and students," according to Aaron Greco, CEO of TreeRing. "In fact, the interest in preserving memories is greater and easier than ever thanks to social networks and digital photography. TreeRing is capitalizing on this trend by creating a safe way for students to use social networking tools to create their own unique, yet affordable yearbook that is free of cost to the school."
"Our school community is more engaged with the yearbook now that TreeRing has introduced Facebook-style features," said Jeanine Donohue, yearbook editor at St. Cecilia School in San Francisco. "It's easy for parents to help their children add memories, share photos and create personal pages to be printed in their unique copy of the yearbook."
TreeRing's New Social Features
TreeRing gives every school a safe and private platform – exclusive to its parents, students and teachers – to share photos, memories, and signatures online. These collaborative efforts can then be printed in a student's unique copy of the yearbook. The new social features include:
+ Memories: Every student has the opportunity to capture their very best memories and moments with TreeRing – best friends, greatest moments, and special accomplishments. These memories are then printed in their very own personal copy of the school yearbook, uniquely for them.
+ Bling: Students can send each other clever, full-color badges – inside jokes, expressions of friendship and mementos from the year – that can be printed in their copy of the school yearbook.
+ Signatures: Signing yearbooks have gone high tech. TreeRing offers students the ability to not only electronically sign each other's yearbook, but to also include a personal photograph.
+ Community: Students can add friends, "like" someone else's memory, make comments about a classmate's photo, and chime in on the "Justin Bieber vs. One Direction" debate.
+ Social Media Integration: Students can add photos to their book directly from Facebook and Flickr. They can also share their personal pages with their TreeRing community or to other social sites such as Facebook and Pinterest.
The new features are included in the TreeRing yearbook publishing platform and are available to all users free of charge.
TreeRing creates yearbooks for the Internet generation. The Silicon Valley, CA-based technology company is providing a new approach to yearbook industry. TreeRing takes advantage of the latest technology in just-in-time digital printing that allows for efficient, extremely high quality printing of one to one items, and the collaborative power of online social networks to create personalized printed yearbooks that commemorate each child's unique school experience. The process reduces the yearbook creation and financial burden for schools and invests in our planet's future by planting a tree for every yearbook printed. Visit www.treering.com or follow the company at @TreeRing for more information.