Thursday, August 19, 2010

52 Weeks to Better Genealogy - Week 33 - Twitter

Amy Coffin has written another great challenge for week 33 of 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy:

Monitor genealogy information on Twitter at least twice a day for seven days. To do this, go to Twitter.com and type #genealogy in the search box. Examine the information being shared and exchanged. Twitter is a web site for sharing information in a format that allows only 140 typewritten characters. Much of the information on Twitter is useless (kind of like television). The trick is to control the information coming to you and ignore the rest. By indicating that you are interested in genealogy, you’ll get only information that contains the word genealogy. Check this #genealogy Twitter feed (not the regular Twitter feed) for a week. Notice the genealogy “tweets” that are posted. What type of information is being shared? Authors of genealogy blogs can write about their impressions of using Twitter for genealogy. Active Twitter-using bloggers can describe the benefits/drawbacks of the micro-blogging service to their readers.

I love using Twitter for genealogy. It's amazing how many great conversations can happen in 140 characters or less. I've even found a cousin while using Twitter. Have a question about your genealogy? Get a quick answer from everyone on Twitter.

This is a great week to check out the power of Twitter during a genealogy conference. Search on Twitter for "#fgs10" and find out what everyone is doing during the FGS conference in Knoxville. I'll be tweeting away there letting everyone know about lectures I attend, exhibitors that I visit and new friends that I meet.

Once you join Twitter, make sure to follow me @genwishlist. And make sure to balance your research time and Twitter time or you'll spend all day tweeting and not get any work done.

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