Social Media for Genealogists Gena Philibert-Ortega Social Media for genealogy? Social Media allows you to share, curate, network and do genealogy in ways only dreamt about previously. 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) ( Miriam-Webster, http://www.merriamwebster.com/dictionary/social%20media). What do you use Social Media for? Finding relatives and other genealogists Finding researchers researching in the same localities/same family lines/same topics Receiving help from family members (ex. posting pictures and having them identify) Chatting with family/friends (both informal question sessions and educational chats) Joining groups that relate to research for your surname/locality/topic Getting the word out about your research Learning from other genealogists Updates from genealogy companies, business, groups Sharing content Curating content Websites Genealogy Related FamilySearch Research Wiki: https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Main_Page GenealogyWise: http://www.genealogywise.com/ Geni: http://www.geni.com/ WikiTree: http://www.wikitree.com/ Page 1 We Relate: http://www.werelate.org/wiki/Main_Page © 2013-2015 Gena Philibert-Ortega. (909) 556-9003.www.genaphilibertortega.com. Publication, copying, reproduction, or otherwise reuse of this document or any part thereof is not permitted without express written permission from the author. Social Networking Facebook: http://www.facebook.com GooglePlus: https://plus.google.com/ LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/ MicroBlogging Twitter: http://twitter.com/ Tumblr: https://www.tumblr.com Images Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/ Flickr the Commons: http://www.flickr.com/commons Instagram: http://instagram.com/ Maps Google Maps: http://maps.google.com/ Historypin: http://maps.google.com/ WhatWasThere: http://www.whatwasthere.com/ Panoramio: http://www.panoramio.com/ Blogs Type Pad: http://www.typepad.com/ © 2013-2015 Gena Philibert-Ortega. (909) 556-9003.www.genaphilibertortega.com. Publication, copying, reproduction, or otherwise reuse of this document or any part thereof is not permitted without express written permission from the author. Page WordPress: http://wordpress.org/ 2 Blogger: http://www.blogger.com/ Virtual Worlds Second Life: http://secondlife.com/ Genealogy to Follow #GenChat on Twitter Dear Myrtle’s Genealogy Community on GooglePlus Tech for Genealogy & Family History Researchers on Google Plus Genealogy Facebook Groups Places to find Information Blogging Genealogy: http://www.blogginggenealogy.com/ Facebook Blog: http://blog.facebook.com/ Geneabloggers Twitter Tip Sheet: http://www.geneabloggers.com/twitter-cheat-sheet/ Makeuseof : http://www.makeuseof.com/ (Make sure to check out their Cheats and Guides section) FamilySearch Blog -Tech Tips Archive : https://familysearch.org/techtips/ Cyndi’s List – Social Networking: http://www.cyndislist.com/social-networking Page One of the important things to remember is that by participating in a social network site, people are able to find you. This allows you to network with other genealogists, find cousins and learn more about your family history research. The negative aspect to being visible on the internet is that people can find you. Based on how you adjust your privacy settings, people do have access to that information outside of the social network. Google and other search engines “crawl” the internet to find information that they then index and make available. This can be great in that it allows others to find you but if you do not want to be found for whatever reason this can seem like an infringement of privacy. 3 Tips for Social Networking © 2013-2015 Gena Philibert-Ortega. (909) 556-9003.www.genaphilibertortega.com. Publication, copying, reproduction, or otherwise reuse of this document or any part thereof is not permitted without express written permission from the author. The following are some tips to consider whether you are on a social network site or even if you just post information on message boards or comments on websites. 1. Don’t reveal too much about yourself, unless you want to. Just because a social network site asks for information about where you live, what high school you went to, etc…doesn’t mean you have to provide that information. Many people don’t join social media websites because they don’t want to lose their privacy. Each website does have privacy settings and you choose what you reveal. But remember that search engines do “crawl” social network websites. 2. Decide what you are comfortable with and then add privacy settings to control who can see your information. Once you sign up for a social network website, check out the privacy settings and set them according to your comfort. 3. Make a rule about who you will "friend." As genealogists, we often have people “friend” us because of our common passion, genealogy. It is always a good idea to send a message with friend request stating who you are or how you know the person. That way they know that they “know” you and you are not just a random person wanting to add one more “friend." Let’s face it, in some cases it may not seem like a big deal to friend someone but you are potentially giving them access to a lot of your personal information, thoughts and the thoughts and photos of family and friends. 4. Be careful about what you write. Be careful what you write on your friend's wall or as comments to their postings. Remember, they will not be the only people who see it. Their friends will also see it 5. Use the Private Message function to send private messages to other members. There are many ways to communicate with other members on Facebook, Twitter and GenealogyWise. You can post a comment to their wall, meet them for a private chat or send a private message. The private or direct message option is the best for sending information that you don’t want made public. One time on Facebook, I saw a posting on a mutual friend’s wall where the person included her address and phone number. This may not be information you want your friend’s 500 “friends” to see. © 2013-2015 Gena Philibert-Ortega. (909) 556-9003.www.genaphilibertortega.com. Publication, copying, reproduction, or otherwise reuse of this document or any part thereof is not permitted without express written permission from the author. Page 7. I think, most of all, remember that this is your public face. This is a way people can find you. Being able to find people and be found is important in genealogy. That’s how you connect with cousins and learn more. 4 6. You can choose any image as your profile picture, so if you are uncomfortable with your current picture being on the internet, then choose an older photograph, vintage family picture or something more obscure.