Published on February 24, 2014
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.com. 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 mediabistro.com, designed by KurosDesign.com
Not just for kids, and maybe it never was People 50 and older are one of the fastest growing groups of users Source: jeffbullas.com , “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 http://onlinedigitalmedia.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/social-media.jpg
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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