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Published on February 24, 2014

Author: fredvafamilyhistoryday



Social Media is a powerful tool for Genealogy research. Come learn the tips, tricks, and tools that you will need to successfully navigate the social media network. This presentation will cover some of the more popular platforms and give you guidance how you could use them for genealogy. Whether you are new to social media, or can’t put it down, this class has something for everyone.

The Ins & Outs of Social Media For Genealogists SHANNON COMBS-BENNETT

Housekeeping Items • Please make sure your electronics are off or on vibrate • Questions will be taken at the end • Handouts are provided for your use • Please do not record or photograph this session without prior permission

What it is and what it can do for you DEFINING SOCIAL MEDIA

Defining Social Media “forms of electronic communication (as Web sites for social networking and microblogging) through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content (as videos)” "Social Media." Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web.

History, or how did this all begin? • • • • • • • 1969 start of Compuserve 1971 first email sent 1978 Bulletin Board System (BBS) 1991 WWW goes public 1997 AOL instant messenger 1998 Google launched 2002+ launch of many popular social media sites • Today… From, designed by

Not just for kids, and maybe it never was People 50 and older are one of the fastest growing groups of users Source: , “12 Awesome Social Media Facts and Statistics for 2013”

To use or not to use, that is the question • Pick and choose • What do you want to get out of it • Be a super user of a few

Privacy Concerns • Public vs Private • What is and is not already out there • Monikers, aliases, and plain old fake names

Examples of popular platforms and what they do SO, WHAT’S OUT THERE

Blogs • Short for weblog – First started in 1999 • Blogger or Wordpress • Genealogy uses – – – – Research logs Cousin hunting Topic specific Your choice…

Microblogs • Blog type with limited size • Words or photos • Twitter or Tumbler • Genealogy uses: – – – – Collaboration Call to action Education Networking

Social Networks • A place to create and nurture connections • Facebook or Google + • Genealogy uses – Collaboration – Education – Research help

Media Sharing Sites • Pictures, Videos, Audio • Podcasts, YouTube, flickr, Picasa, Pintrest • Genealogy uses – – – – Research Collaboration Cousin hunting Education

Other Genealogy Specific Sites • • • • Genealogy Wise GenForum Family Tree Circles Wikis – – – – FamilySearch Ancestry ISOGG Familypedia

A brief how-to on making this all work for you PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER

It’s all about crowdsourcing You don’t have to work alone anymore – Make contacts far and wide – Saves time – Saves resources – Get real time results

Use more than one platform • Combinations are key - Different functions - Different users • Build similar connections on each - It’s okay to stalk your favorites - Build stronger relationships • Don’t be afraid to ask for help

Example 1: Surfing the web late at night

Example 1: Great educational experience

Example 3: Education opportunities

Let me have it and thanks for coming! QUESTIONS?

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