Tuesday, April 21, 2009

PBwiki becomes...?

I had just finished a quick snack (a peanut butter sandwich), and by coincidence, saw this:


And there are some additional details here:


Since the fine folks at PBwiki will still own the pbwiki.com domain, I'm sure that those going to the old address will be automatically redirected to the new one (which means that the link in the book will still work). I can't wait to see what the new name is.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

The crazy world of Twitter

The social networking service that seems to be getting the most press these days is Twitter, but if you were a genealogist unfamiliar with Twitter, you'd probably get the impression that Twitter is apparently nothing more than a marketing scheme to advertise the likes of CNN, Ashton Kutcher, or possibly Oprah.

For those who haven't tried Twitter, don't worry: If you join Twitter, you won't be obligated to follow Kutcher or Oprah or any other celebrity. Twitter is a big "place", and you can use it to stay in touch with family, friends, and other genealogists, without ever seeing a single message about personalities you don't care about.

Monday, April 13, 2009

More than young whippersnappers on Facebook

I don't know whether or not genealogists can take the credit for this, but statistics are showing that the fastest growing age group for Facebook users is women 55 and older (and men 55 and older are the second fastest growing age group). Perhaps this is merely parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents keeping up with their younger relatives.

To read more about this phenomenon, see the recent CNN story.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Even more sites - LinkedIn and Twitter

There are a few more sites that I would have included if I had had the time. One is LinkedIn, a great site for business networking, and another is Twitter, which has recently seen a dramatic increase in usage.

LinkedIn would have fit in the same chapter with Facebook. While there are probably far more genealogists on Facebook than on LinkedIn, LinkedIn would probably appeal more to the person who wants a more serious networking experience (without so much emphasis on photos, games, etc.). I see LinkedIn as a very appropriate networking site for professional researchers, librarians, archivists, writers, editors, speakers, and instructors (just to name a few).

Twitter has become the predominant networking site for the short message user. It may become especially handy at helping genealogists connect at major conferences.

If you're using either LinkedIn or Twitter as part of your genealogical life, why not let us know here in the comments?