Ancestral Notes

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Twitter “Lists”

I have just started following some twitterers that have created genealogy lists. “Lists” are a new feature of Twitter, and I have no idea what they’re all about, but, if it puts me in contact with more genealogists faster than following them individually, then I guess it’s a good feature.

To create a new list, you go to your Profile page on Twitter. There is a drop-down box of your lists in the lower right corner:

To see the people with lists that are following you, just select the “listed” and a page of lists opens,

with the members with lists who are following you and the lists that you are following.

There is a section in the right sidebar of your Twitter home page with a collapsible Lists that you follow.
You can view the List page of the members and see all of the lists that they created.

I don’t know how Lists is different from Twibes, but I’ll try it and see if there are any advantages.


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Facebook and the NetworkedBlogs App.

Why do geneabloggers create their blogs, you ask? To share information, innovation and ideas with the public. And what reaches more people worldwide than Facebook?

I have recently discovered another way to get traffic to your blog, it’s a Facebook application called NetworkedBlogs that adds a blog roll to your Facebook profile.

You can just put a widget in your blog to connect it to the Facebook app. You can add more blogs to your list also.

Choose the News Board tab and you can see all of your favourite blogs’ most recent posts.

There is a Discussion Board for any comments you would like to add too.

There is a page for Businesses too.

It is a great way for all of your Facebook friends who are also bloggers to stay up-to-date with their favourite blogs without leaving the site. It will increase your readership and maybe some of your friends will be encouraged to start their own blog!

Here’s how to get started:

I am still playing around with the application, exploring all of it’s features. I think this is one of the best applications Facebook has come up with yet!

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Weekly Prompt #30 – My Social Network

I was reluctant to join Facebook when first invited by several family members, I held off for a long time, but, when I found out that my cousin, whom I’ve been out of touch with for over a decade was a member, I thought I’d join, just to keep in touch with her again. It’s been about two years since I joined, and I am not a “friend collector”, most of my Facebook friends are family members. I have found Facebook useful in getting the news and information out about our upcoming family reunion, since a group was formed for this purpose. I also joined Geneabloggers on Facebook as well. I look forward to the messages and invites from Thomas about upcoming carnivals and events. I use some of the apps on Facebook such as “I Remember” and “MyHeritage” but I don’t get into the games and other stuff.

I joined Twitter a while ago at the request of my daughter-in-law and forgot all about it (so did she). When I started geneablogging, I decided to start using Twitter. I joined the genealogy group on Twitter and started following a few people. When I started to get Twitter emails from people who started following me, I would check out their profile, and, if they had the same interests, I would follow them back. I’m not interested in making money on Twitter, so I don’t follow the marketing entrepreneurs, although they follow me and for the life of me, I can’t figure out why. I tweet about the weather, interesting genealogy sites that I come across, my blog posts, current events and often participate in Follow Friday on Twitter, which is my personal reccomendations for people to follow, and Surname Saturday, where I tweet my surname interests so that anyone searching the names I post can contact me. I’ve even joined a couple of twibes. Most of the people I follow are in the Genealogy world, but I follow some people with different interests such as gardening, sewing and crafts. I often go to sites referred to by people that I am following, and have found some that I wouldn’t have found without their tweets.

I am still waiting to see if GenealogyWise is going to be of any benefit. I have joined a few groups, but there doesn’t seem to be much happening there as of yet. The forums are disorganized, no categories, just one post after the other. The blogs have no sense of direction either, they are all over the place. Some I wouldn’t even consider blog posts, they would have been better off placed in the forums. I joined a few groups on GenealogyWise, but I’m not very hopeful that they’ll help much in my research. Some groups were created as a way to get more exposure to blog posts, but I think there should be more to offer than just another place to read the same postings. Some of the groups don’t seem to have much direction either, just post your research interests and then what? I’d rather have some kind of directory for researchers to get in touch with one another.

Another social networking site I use is Multiply, one that is familiar to anyone who belonged to an MSN Group. I have a homepage and have started a few family groups there. Some of the things I like about Multiply is the control of privacy and unlimited storage available.

Filed under: Genealogy, Weekly Prompts/09, , , ,

Is GenealogyWise Being Wise?

I joined GenealogyWise a few days ago after reading Randy Seaver’s blog at Genea-musings, when there were only 19 groups and a couple of hundred members. I had received an email earlier in the day from, requesting help in launching the site. They were looking to hire 15 people to work for 10 hours to help get the site ready for the launch date, on July 17th. I thought that they wanted people with experience in IT field, but they just wanted people to create as many groups as they could think of in 10 hours, it seems. The membership is growing but not nearly as fast as the groups! There were about 1900 members and over 1100 groups this morning.

I have started receiving what I would call “spam” in my inbox, from members who were hired to promote the site. I don’t think creating thousands of groups will promote anything, it seems as if the creators are just concerned with “who can make the most groups”. I joined a couple of groups at first, but now I don’t think I’ll stay with the ones that were created by the “employees” of, how can they possibly expect to manage and monitor all of the groups that they create? Or will they abandon them after a few weeks? I did join the Geneabloggers group there and some special interest groups, but, unless a group is highly reccommended I will not be joining any more.

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September 2019
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