Social networking site for parents: Maya's Mom launches today
Social networking sites for parents are hot, hot, hot! New entrant Maya's Mom launched today, and it looks great. It shares some features with MothersClick, namely, that you can create private discussion spaces for your offline groups, and you can participate in open discussion with other Maya's Mom members. Maya's Mom also adds the ability to specify member "friends," create an online journal (private, public, or shared with "friends") and upload photos (visible only to "friends").
There are plenty of small features that give the site a warm, community feel. One feature I found especially thoughtful: in the "talk" area, if you find a member's post or comment helpful, you can click a link to send that person instant thanks.
What sets Maya's Mom apart is the focus on kids' activities. Once you tell the service your zip code, it finds kid activities in your neighborhood. Users can also share "at home" activities anyone can try. The idea is that, in addition to the "friend" and "advice" angle, you can turn to Maya's Mom for ideas when you find yourself with free time.
I was fortunate to meet Ann Crady, CEO of Maya's Mom (and mom of Maya), at BlogHer, and later in San Francisco over lunch. She has a real passion for what she's doing, inspired by her own supportive community of parents. I think she and her team have come up with something special. Best of luck to Maya's Mom today and beyond.
By the way, the name Maya's Mom is misleading; this is a place for anyone with children in their lives. Says Ann: "We have moms, dads, grandmas, aunts, and uncles all of whom can use Maya's Mom to save memories, ask questions and share pictures of the children who are important to them."