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Genealogy Wise, Facebook, Twitter.....your thoughts

This past week we saw some excitement in the genealogy world. For those of us who are genealogy bloggers and trying to keep up with the ever-changing social makeup of the internet scene, the introduction of Genealogy Wise from the folks at Family Link certainly made us sit up and take notice.

Genealogy Wise is dubbing itself as the new social network for genealogists. I was excited about the premise. However, the reality soon set in that I was going to have to add one more task to my day. I am on Facebook, but I only randomly check in, I have signed up for Twitter but have yet to Tweet. I currently subscribe to several e-newsletters from some of my favourite genealogy bloggers; it seems to be my media of choice for keeping up on the latest news. However, I have been known to let them pile up in my inbox from time to time.

I have often sat staring at my home page on Facebook contemplating what to type in the ‘What’s on your mind’ box. Typed in my remarks read it back and then immediately hit the backspace button all the while thinking who cares. I guess I belong to a group of us that feel that maybe what’s going on in our personal lives just wouldn’t seem somehow interesting enough to others. I am guilty of using Facebook to brag about my children or the occasional posting of some minutely exciting thing that I may find relevant enough to share. Actually, I have used it to chase down distant relatives for some genealogy questions, as well hassle my delinquent cousins who haven’t sent me pictures for the family history book and I do keep in touch with family and friends that I don’t see often.

However, when news of Genealogy Wise arrived in my inbox, I felt that maybe somehow this might be different. Let’s face it; we will all have the same thing in common, our love of genealogy. We may learn a thing or two from each other. So I signed up on Genealogy Wise but I have yet to do too much with it. It’s on my priority list this week.

So let me know what you think? Are you on Facebook, Genealogy Wise or Twitter? How are you making it all work for you? How do you use these social networking sites to further your genealogy interests? Any tricks, tips or comments you would like to share, I would love to hear your thoughts.


Joanne Schleier said...

I also have accounts with all of the above. Facebook I use to stay in the know about friends and family - I keep it separate from my genealogy.
I have personal and professional usernames/accounts for Twitter. My problem is: I refuse to pay a monthly fee for a data plan on my cell phone, therefore only limiting its use to phone calls and a limited number of text messages. As a consequence, I rarely tweet because it requires me to be on my computer to view or post!
I've just begun using Genealogy Wise mixing my [personal] name with a professional fan page. I wish there were a way to upload a Gedcom, therefore keeping a blog, contacts and tree all on one site. I have yet to cast my vote on what I think about it.
I also get email, comments on my site and feeds into my reader. A lot to follow. I've been thinking about pulling out of the black hole which my computer has become. What would happen if we disconnected or limited our time attached to cell phones, computer's, TV's and other electronic devices? Seems like our complaints about "not having enough time" could change and our creativity might surge.

Lynn Palermo said...

Thanks for your comments Joanne. I agree we would have plenty of time without all the electronics in our lives. I could live without my cell phone and maybe TV but the computer...hmm tough one. There are some good things that have come from these social networks, like being able to meet and share as we just did. Thanks Lynn

Greta Koehl said...

Lynn, I do Facebook - mainly for keeping in touch with relatives and keeping them up to date on my genealogy research, and I have added Genealogy Wise - it will probably be just for reading on weekends. I don't do Twitter because it's so hard for me to say anything in 140 characters or less.