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App of the Week – Karoo

Whoever said ‘Tech is a great servant but a bad master’ had it right. We are bombarded with ways to use tech, while also receiving urgent messages to unplug and stay sane. So the trick is to find the technologies that can support and enhance our lifestyle as human beings and parents. Not so easy.

Every now and then, however, a new app or service is announced, we take a closer look and we realize how wonderfully it fits with our lifestyle. This is what I found while testing the Karoo app from Care.com.

Karoo is a private network of the important people in your life with whom you want to share photos and milestones of your kids. It has the advantages of Facebook without being so public. And it’s very easy to use.

Karoo has also found enthusiastic fans among working parents, who may want to check in with daycare or baby sitters to find out what’s going on. Maybe the child had a cold that morning and you just want to see what mood she’s in. Karoo is a great way to see for yourself, get a picture in a way that allows you to have a record, and doesn’t clog your email or texting stream.

Personally, I love the single mission of Karoo. Facebook is simply too noisy and confusing. How many times do you log on to do something and end up forgetting why you are there in the first place? Karoo’s single purpose is to give you your children’s updates and allow you to share them with those you select.

We are off to a great start and my family is jumping in to embrace the idea. We have two new babies and sharing their milestones has become a daily routine for aunts, uncles, grandparents, and friends alike.

Seller: Care.com

Compatibility: iPhone, iPod touch. Requires iOS 5.0 or later

App Category: Lifestyle

Price: Free

The Online Mom Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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