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Meet the Modern-Day Baby Journal: A Chat book Filled with The Texts That Tell Our Surrogacy Story

Two Dads, one little girl, and a whole lot of messages and memories to keep forever. The story of one father’s journey to digital baby booking, with Keepster.

You know the saying when the student is ready, the teacher appears? I’d say the same goes for Keepster - the service that allows you to turn favorite messages into printed books, whose Instagram ad interrupted my doom-scrolling late one night.  “Turn meaningful messages into professionally printed chat books!” the ad teased. Ready to welcome ...
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Why a Keepster Book Makes for a Fun Bachelorette Party Gift, Even When COVID Crashes It

I decided to turn the texts, chats and photos that captured my best friend’s virtual bachelorette and bridal experience into a custom Keepster book: a professionally printed, friendship chat book filled with the messages and memories from a truly unforgettable time.

My best friend was planning to marry her high school sweetheart in front of 150 nearest and dearests, on a sunny Spring day. Her mom hoped to host a beautiful shower. I planned to throw one wild bachelorette party. We had months of celebrations to look forward to. COVID had other plans. Addy has Crohn’s disease - planting her firmly in the...
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I Lost My iPhone and All My Messages: Now I Use Keepster

My wife told me to keep my messages safe, with Keepster. It took losing all my messages to remember, she’s always right.

I didn’t think I needed Keepster. I didn’t really care about my messages. I wouldn’t lose my phone. Anyway, I was sure I had a backup of something, somewhere. Turns out - I was wrong.  I regret not creating a Keepster back up. Here’s why. When my wife, Sarah,  first told me about Keepster, I told her that it sounded really cool and pretty ...
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My Best Friend’s Texts Are Getting Me Through 2020, Even Halfway Across The World

My best friend is my unpaid therapist, and I couldn’t face a global pandemic without her texts.

7 months into the most tumultuous, tragic, up-ending year our generation may ever live through, I can confidently say this: my best friend (and her messages, even nearly 6,000 miles away) are what have kept me sane. I’ll admit, my best friend Sam deserves a Nobel Prize for her work as my unpaid therapist and... WhatsApp deserves an honorable ...
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Fight Fatigue and Find a little Joy. Even in 2020

Burnt out? Finding and celebrating the little moments (and messages) that bring you joy may be just what the Doctor ordered...

[ Keepster Newsletter ] Hey, did you check out our new fonts? We are continually working really hard to address the feedback we receive from customers about how to make Keepster even better.  Most recently, we launched a pretty major update that took a lot of design work and testing to get everything just right!  The result is you can now ...
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A ChatBook Filled with Family Messages, The Perfect Father’s Day Gift

Video Review by Verified Customer - Suzanne Brown

  Part 1: A Tech-Novice Review of Keepster: Easy Desktop Download, Secure Text Backups, Reliving Messages and More  Lifestyle blogger, busy mom and verified customer, Suzanne Brown, was on the hunt for the perfect Father’s Day gift for her husband: something special, fun, and totally customized. Enter Keepster books: professionally pri...
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Our Marriage Counselor Gave Us Texting Advice: It Worked

“Date your spouse. Digitally.”

Author’s Note: This piece was originally written in February 2020 - pre-pandemic. My husband and I are healthy, safe, at home, and forever grateful we still like each other after quarantining together for 117 days (and counting). Our marriage counselor tapped her hefty, silver pen against the notepad that never left her lap, shifting her ...
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I Turned My College Freshman’s Texts into a Chat book

Turns out, It’s the Sweetest Gift I’ve Given Her

Thanks to a Keepster ad, I got to create what my daughter now swears is the “cutest present I’ve ever given her”: a chat book filled with our favorite freshman year moments, milestones, and messages. College came too fast, didn’t it? Maybe it’s because my daughter is an only, or maybe because we mercifully made it out of most of her teen year...
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A life-long scrapbooker and writer realizes she is journaling, with Keepster

A much-appreciated customer generously shares what saving deeply personal messages means to her.

“Oh it is just lovely,” I exclaimed, as I admired the ornate vintage journal I held in my hand. It was beautifully bound with antique embossing. My heart sank at yet another reminder of my failure at journaling. Most of my circle of friends are diarists  But I’ve never been the one to stick with it. As a writer, I consider my writing to be my jo...
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How to save more than 3,000 messages to your Keepster folders

When messages threads are long, and you want to save them all, be sure that all those important messages will be saved together, in folders. Never worry about losing one word!

Making your Keepster Folder We have been blown away by the number of people who have reached out and asked:  “I am trying to save my entire conversation to a folder, but I can only add 2,000 - 3,000 messages.  How do I add all the messages in my thread?”.  Well, if you have seen this warning message, here are instructions on how to save your ...
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Save your most meaningful conversations, every last message!

The power of human connection & thoughts on what's meaningful now. Plus, how-to save thousands of messages to a Keepster folder.

[ Keepster Newsletter ] We Support Black Lives Matter “And so, it is time to revise everything. We must revise the way we speak, the way we work, the way we think and the way we act. We must do better. And we must do it now. We just can’t wait any longer.” - Samora Pinderhughes, The Root  We had planned to write about Father’s Day: fi...
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Creating a Keepster Book was the Quarantine Activity I Didn’t Know I Needed...

Baking Bread is Great ... but Making Keepster Books is Better

I baked. I did yoga. I organized. I think I finished Netflix, in its entirety. I read. I worked. I baked some more. I sent care packages, text messages, and “I love yous” at an alarming rate, and even still: I felt hopeless, helpless, and lonely. I didn’t need an activity to busy my mind or hands...I needed something to highlight the joy of w...
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Dating in the Age of Corona

2020: The era of Digital Dating, Global Pandemics, and...Tinder success?

Before COVID-19 flipped the world upside down, I was firmly single. So totally single. Though so many I knew had sunk into serious monogamy, even matrimony - seemingly after a few months of Tinder-ing, Bumble-ing, messaging. Their stories had started on their screens. I pictured the jokes they’d embarrass their kids with someday:  ”When y...
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Create a Keepster Book for Someone You Can't Wait to Hug

In a Post-Pandemic World, We’ll Hug. Until then, We’ll Text.

[ Keepster Newsletter ] Quarantining, Texting & Searching for Silver Linings during COVID-19. Socially distant but digitally connected: we’re staying home, staying safe, and staying as close as possible to the people that matter most - thanks to technology like texting, Zoom, and Keepster.   [ Latest News ] How to Create a K...
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I Texted My Ex During a Global Pandemic

Two years of silence; then 23 Days into a global pandemic, I Reached out.

I made it 23 days into a global pandemic before I texted my ex-boyfriend. Disclaimer: I gave him most of my 20’s. He left me with two tattered Duke sweatshirts and the greatest heartbreak of my romantic career. We shared nine years, two pre-war apartments, one cat, and a mutual understanding that there was nothing left to say. For two years. ...
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Cars, Floral Walls, and Texts Turned Treasure: The Unparalleled World of Kardashian Gift Giving

Some texts are pure gold. This one was 24K gold.

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West have an undoubtedly unique love story - one that the public has watched play out with a certain level of fascination, fan or not. If you haven’t been keeping up with the Kardashians, you might have missed this PSA: Kanye and Kim are the unmatched King and Queen of expressing love a la outlandish gifts. To be fa...
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Q+A with Our Founder, Jennifer Simchowitz

Fueled by milky tea, texts that make her laugh, an unquenchable thirst for world travel and all things tech - sit down with Simchowitz.

As a female-founded company, we’re particularly passionate about this month’s upcoming International Women’s Day, celebrating the incredible social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women worldwide. In recognizing the work of brilliant and brave women everywhere, we’re thrilled to bring our very own fearless female founder, Jenni...
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Peeking into the Human condition through Texting, Art and Science

How texting allows for authentic and meaningful connections.

I felt a moment’s hesitation, followed by the slightest shiver of guilt.  As one who is not practiced in the pleasures of voyeurism it only took a second for me to peep, and then feel compelled to fully read every one of the texts in the photographs accompanying the Financial Times article, Every Text Tells a Story, about photographer Jeff Me...
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3 Ways to Start Living Intentionally Right Now!

As we ride into 2020 and a whole new decade, one word seems to pop up for us continuously: intentionality.

[ Keepster Newsletter ] We’re sad to see 2019 go. It was an incredible year for us! But here’s why 2020 is going to be even better... 2019 was a year full of growth and gratitude as we watched our beloved Keepster become one of the most trusted and enjoyed apps - across four continents! Whether you breathed sighs of relief safekeeping ...
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Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day & the Love Story I Had No Idea My Parents’ Texts Told

I was a self-admitted Valentine’s Day hater but one Keepster book, thousands of my parents’ texts & an afternoon spent helping my Dad bring their love story to life changed all that.

Helping my Dad make a Valentine’s Day Keepster book made me realize two things: I want the kind of love my parents share and I should still celebrate all the love I have in my life, even if I’m the most single I’ve ever been since the 6th grade.  I sat beside my Dad as he selected the messages, customized the dedication page, and dropped i...
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The Perfect Holiday Gift Isn't In Stores …

It's On Your Phone!

Keepster Newsletter Wishing you a Happy (& stress-free) holiday from all of us at Keepster! It’s the most wonderful time of year...but with that comes the pressure to find the perfect holiday gift. The clock is ticking… But don’t panic! You’re already halfway there … The gift that is sure to spread holiday cheer is right here, on your ...
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Some of the Best Advice I've Ever Gotten Has Come Via Text

Thank you, iPhone (and Mom and Dad)

Picture this...  I’m having dinner with a group of friends. One of the guys gets a text from his Mom, and says “Hang on, I gotta tell her I figured it out, one second…” We all nod in understanding. When he’s done, he puts down his phone and his girlfriend laughs, patting his arm as she says “I swear, I used to pray my parents wouldn’t text me...
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‘Tis the Season to be Thankful For…

Cell Phones!

For the month of November, we’re glad to share a rollicking song! But before we do, let’s get straight to it. Holiday Gifting is looming ahead! Look no further! In just a few clicks you can create the most meaningful, one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone!  Simply turn your favorite texts and photos into Keepster books. In the words of a hap...
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New Month, New Moments

Spookiest Thing About October? ... Is How Fast It’s Flying By!

It’s like we snapped our fingers and poof, it’s October!  You won’t catch us complaining. We’re diving face-first into pumpkin-flavored everything, watching the fall leaves start to turn. There’s something so sweet and nostalgic about this time of year here in the USA - plump pumpkins sitting on doorsteps, the hunt for the perfect Hallowee...
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September: Get Your Sh*& Together Month!

Timely and useful information from Keepster Newsletter - September 2019

Ah, September... Hello, fall! How are ya doin’ back-to-school season? Okay... most of us haven’t been students for..er...quite a while. Even still Still, we’re fully embracing the spirit of it all: a fresh, bright-eyed new beginning. We’re feeling compelled to organize our calendars, our desktops, and even our texts. There’s something about this...
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How to refresh your Keepster backup

Include the newer messages you’ve sent and received [video]

Congrats Keepster user! You’re doing great! You have all your messages safely and securely backed up.  You know how to view your messages and navigate around the app. Chances are you’ve created Folders and possibly a book or two.   But as we all know, new messages are being sent and received all the time.  So it is always ne...
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How to make Keepster Books

Turn texts and photos from Whatsapp, iMessage, Hike, Line and Viber into professionally printed books. [video]

Intro to Making Keepster Books Chances are if you’re thinking about making Keepster books, you probably feel just as we do: though we lead fully digital lives, our desire to hold something in our hands as a memento or a physical artifact still exists as a powerful need.  Keepster books are very near and dear to our hearts, as they are the ...
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How to edit Keepster folders

Add or remove messages, photos and chats save from your iPhone in the Keepster app. Plus, how to change the title or description of folders. [video]

Intro to Editing Keepster Folders What makes us happy is when our users ‘get’ how making Keepster folders is a totally unique feature of the app (and one that makes us incredibly proud).   What makes us even happier is when your important messages are just a click away and organized in Keepster folders. But what about the newer messages...
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How to save texts, Whatsapp and SMS messages from your iPhone to your computer, and place them in Keepster folders.

Select and organize your meaningful messages into Keepster folders [video]

Congrats Keepster user! You’re doing great!   For this blog post we will assume: You have all your messages safely and securely backed up.   You know how easy it is to view your messages and navigate around the app.   Now you’re ready to make Keepster folders to organize your meaningful messages.   Keepster Folders Ke...
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HOW TO BROWSE and VIEW YOUR SAVED IPHONE MESSAGES & TEXTS ON YOUR COMPUTER

And how to navigate around the Keepster app and find your favorite Whatsapp, iMessage, SMS, Hike, Line & Viber messages [video]

OK, so you've completed a Keepster Backup ... now what? If you need a refresher on How to create your first Backup of iPhone Messages to your computer, please click on this link.   If you’ve recently completed a Keepster backup of your iPhone messages to your computer, you can breathe easy -  all your messages are safely and securely backed u...
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An iPhone romance that broke my heart … Sorta

I had an entire (three month) “relationship” via text message, and it mattered. Way more than I ever thought it could. Then, he ghosted me.

Yup. You read that right. I know, I know, I can hear it all: But you didn’t even really know him! Three months?! That’s nothing! How do you catch feelings for someone over an iPhone?!  I know what you’re thinking because I thought it, my friends thought it - some even had the guts to say it.  We’ve all heard those stories of people who mee...
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I Turned my Favorite Group Chat into a Book

I have the world’s greatest best friends, and couldn’t imagine life without them...so I showed them what they meant to me, with a Keepster book.

I had always planned to move away from home. In fact, for a long time I didn’t consider Winnipeg my home - rather a place where I’d grow up but would move away from the moment I got the chance.  My attitude stayed the same until I had to start saying my goodbyes as I prepared to move to another country to pursue my lifelong dream. Goodbyes se...
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The 'badass women" in Congress: a Sisterhood of Texters

Hats off Badasses! Of course, they’re texting. That’s what friends do.

Legislation by Text? This New York Times headline got me Veterans Turned Lawmakers Form a Political Band of Like Minds, April 7, 2019. Why? The article points out that of the 67 new Democrats in Congress, 10 came out of the military or intelligence agencies. Very interesting, right?  They were immediately magnetically attracted to each ...
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I Still Text my Godmother. She passed away 8 Months Ago.

Texting Her Brought Me Joy When She Was Alive & Peace Now That She’s Not.

I have a secret. I guess it’s not really a secret if I’m writing a blog about it and putting it out there on the internet, but, nonetheless, it’s nothing something I’m shouting from the rooftops. I text a dead person.  Wow. That’s a sentence, huh?  Trust me, it was as painful to type as I’m sure it is as uncomfortable for you to read. I t...
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Texting Etiquette 101!

Texting plays a huge role in personal interactions, so here are 15 rules to message like it matters.

Three Cheers for Dalvin Brown’s USA today article ... that recently appeared in USA Today:  15 unwritten rules of communicating in the digital age, according to people on Twitter We’ve all heard it before: the way we communicate these days has changed drastically. But Mr. Brown had the brilliant idea to delve further by asking people o...
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HOW TO GET STARTED WITH KEEPSTER: Backup Whatsapp, SMS and iMessages from your iPhone to your computer

Making your first Keepster backup using iTunes or Finder [Video]

Welcome to Keepster We believe that some messages are special & worth saving.  That's why we built Keepster!  Keepster backs up your messages from your iPhone and/or iPad to keep them safe on your computer.    First things first, you will need to create a Keepster account, followed by a backup of your messages to your computer.  When ...
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How Downloading Keepster Changed the Way I Text

Downloading a desktop app designed to organize and safekeep my texts changed the way I use my mobile device, look at my messages, and manage my threads.

Texting & I have a serious love affair As a writer and big-time talker, I’m one of those that lived for a good note passed during class, a particularly exciting AIM conversation, a text from some boy or friend that made me flutter. Not shocking to report that I text full paragraphs.  My friends joke that I follow zero ‘texting etiquett...
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If anyone out there knows Amy Schumer….

CEO’ing and ‘fishing’ everyday, doing everything possible to try get word of Keepster to Amy Schumer and Rachel Feinstein.

As CEO & Founder, I spend all day, every day, thinking about Keepster. And though you’d never guess it, I also think of myself as a fisherman*!  I wake up early.  Cast my net wide, sift through the papers, newsletters, you name it, and start trawling for prized bits of meaningful communication. I understand that most often the texts that ...
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The post that’s been so hard to write

With trepidation, I told her about Keepster, that at the very least by using the app she could keep all her mom’s texts safe.

This is the post that I’ve been avoiding. This is the one that’s been staring me down, the elephant in the room. This is the blog about loss. It’s about the loss of loved ones, the words that they leave behind and our enduring need to keep those words and memories close.  Last week I attended a memorial service. It was for a woman I’d known f...
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A Generation Without Love Letters

I don’t have any other handwritten relics from past romances, I’ve exchanged thousands, if not millions, of text messages with boys. So glad I have Keepster.

I’m twenty-five and I’ve only received one love letter... Pathetic, I know, but it was a good one. In it, I was compared to light, and to ‘the concept of music’ and time. I’m not sure what the guy meant, but I’ve never forgotten the line, so I guess it served its purpose. There’s even an accompanying poem. The letter lives in a box in my room...
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My Mom's Messages Matter Most

Since my Mom’s words are words I never, ever want to forget ... I made them into a Keepster Book!

My Mom is my best friend.  I know, that sounds like a cliche just in time for Mother’s Day but really, ask me any other day of the year, and I’ll tell you the same thing. She jokingly has always said “I can’t be your best friend, I gotta be your Mom!” but in all reality, she’s perfected both. She is single-handedly everything I ever want to b...
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How The Modern Day Baby Journal Made My First Mother's Day!

Using messages and photos you've shared with your friends and family to make a Keepster Baby Journal.

Our precious baby is eleven months old today ... and what they say is true: you really don’t know the kind of love you’re capable of until they place that squirmy, pink, squishy and in our case - screaming - bundle into your shaking arms.  Our daughter changed our whole world. No, that’s not it, she became our whole world.  From the mom...
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Testimonies of faith, hope, and courage at Homeboy Industries 2019 Lo Máximo Awards Dinner

Texting conversations which were spoken of, those precious testimonies ... deserve to be saved forever.

I’ve written a great deal about my personal story and relationships, and how they inspired me to create Keepster. But the more I keep my eyes and ears open to the world, the stronger my conviction about the need to preserve texting conversations grows.  Last night I attended an event for Homeboy Industries. It is an extraordinary organization...
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Why I Give My Kids Gifts to Celebrate Mother's Day

There are so many great messages I've exchanged with my kids ... so I put them into Keepster books for each of my beloved children

Another year, another Mother’s Day is rolling around. I can’t believe it - you blink, and 26 years years of devoted and endless mothering have come and gone. To say it has been the privilege of a lifetime to be a mother would be a true understatement. That's why this Mother's Day, I decided to give my children gifts to celebrate. After all, they...
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Dedication Page 101 with Keepster

How to write a great dedication page for your Keepster Book

Congratulations! You’ve decided to create your Keepster book, selecting your very favorite moments and messages, photos and emojis...bundling them together in the most personalized present yet. Cue all the confetti because you’ve just elevated yourself to gift-giving pro and the lucky recipient is going to absolutely love it. Now, before you’re ...
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Q + A with Keepster Recipient

I Gave My BFF a Keepster Book (And Here’s What She Said About it)

Hi, it’s me again, Olivia. This time I’m back and no, it’s not with a gift guide for your husband who has everything. It’s a quick Q + A with my best friend Jenny - the very first person I gave a Keepster book to! She doesn’t exactly share my ‘sentimental millennial’ title so I wasn’t sure just how much she’d adore the personalized gift. I knew ...
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A Keepster Couple "Why My Impossible-to-Shop-For Husband Loved Getting a Keepster Book"

Keepster’s capability to turn those cherished texts and photos into a soft or hardcover book was the perfect gift.

  Hi, I’m a sentimental millennial Some people are impossible to shop for: either they have it, they don’t need it, or they’d rather skip presents all together! My husband would be one of those people. I don’t mean to make it sound like he’s difficult - he’s wonderful and the sweetest but when it comes to any holiday that calls for gift-gi...
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