"When we think of social networking sites, we typically think of MySpace and Facebook," said Russell Wilding, CEO of Footnote.com. "Now we see a trend shifting towards sites, such as Footnote.com, that have integrated social networking tools with unique content."
In its first year, Footnote.com has added over 25 million images of original historical documents, including records from the American Revolution, the Lincoln Assassination, FBI Case Files, and even UFO reports from Project Bluebook.
"We want to be more than just another record repository on the Web," says Wilding. "We are building a social environment where people can share, collaborate, and discuss their discoveries with family, friends, and others with similar interests."
Members on Footnote.com are encouraged to create their own web pages, collaborate with other members, and upload their own content for free. With millions of pages viewed every month and tens of thousands of members actively participating on the site, Footnote.com is barely hitting the tip of the iceberg.
"We have found that the majority of the visitors to the site are Baby Boomers and internet users over 60, commonly referred to as ‘Silver Surfers'," explains Justin Schroepfer, Marketing Director at Footnote.com. "This audience has a strong interest in history and has the time to engage in this type of activity."
With an active audience and adding millions of new documents to the site every month, Footnote.com is certainly changing the way we think about and interact with the events and people of our past.