Show the World How a Little Appreciation Goes a Long Way

Virginia Beach, Virginia (PressExposure) May 08, 2009 -- With social networking sites quickly becoming some of the most popular destinations on the web, creator Nora Firestone felt this was the perfect time to implement her vision for a social networking site of a different flavor. Aptly named ThankingOfYou, the website aims to reconnect friends, family, and strangers by allowing people to post personalized thank yous based on the impact the recipient has had on the sender’s life. By partnering with Virginia web design agency Ciniva Systems, Firestone was able to bring her vision to life, connecting others through her site and the words of gratitude they want to share.

Since the site’s launch in early March, it has already gathered thanks and praise with over 100 posted thank yous. After registering for free with a simple form, users can create a profile, post personalized thank you messages, create group thanks, and share media with other users across the dynamic site. Although the site accepts donations, it is a free service for the public, and its altruistic mission is a strong testament to the kindness people are capable of.

Firestone, A Hampton Roads, Virginia native who writes for the Virginian-Pilot, started the site after struggling to contact two of her former teachers that had made a large impact on her life. She states she was “trying to fulfill basic needs: Their need to be recognized and affirmed for how they've made a difference in my life, and my need to express gratitude.” These needs lead her to partner with Ciniva and develop in response.

Using custom database programming and a new version of Ciniva System’s proprietary content management system, the site has a powerful administration backend to match the functionality of the user side. Site administrators can quickly and easily edit site comments, restrict or grant user privileges, and add pages and content to the site without much programming knowledge. “I’m a writer at heart and not much of a web person, so I have to be thankful that Ciniva developed a website that I am capable of running without much outside support,” remarks Firestone. is a niche social networking site taking a familiar tradition into the 21st century. Cards and emails can be erased and thrown away, but these thank yous are forever stored for the world to see. With Mother’s Day right around the corner, Firestone hopes the site will see some good traffic in the next few weeks. “These messages are the gifts of a lifetime – uplifting, revitalizing, and free.”

About Ciniva Systems
Launched in March 2009, is a website, whereby people can post their thank you stories to those who've made a difference and whereby, no matter where the recipients (or their families) roam on Earth, they can log on and learn about how they've made a difference, when, and to whom.

Ciniva Systems
Founded in 1998, Ciniva Systems is an internet marketing, web design, and site hosting company located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. They have designed over 450 websites and currently manage search marketing campaigns for many businesses, non-profits, and government organizations across the United States.

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