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
• Handou...
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 wh...
History, or how did
this all begin?
•
•
•
•
•
•
•

1969 start of Compuserve
1971 first email sent
1978 Bulletin Board Syst...
Not just for kids, and maybe it never was
People 50 and older are one of the fastest growing
groups of users

Source: jeff...
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 fe...
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 hu...
Microblogs
• Blog type with limited
size
• Words or photos
• Twitter or Tumbler
• Genealogy uses:
–
–
–
–

Collaboration
C...
Social Networks
• A place to create and
nurture connections
• Facebook or Google +
• Genealogy uses
– Collaboration
– Educ...
Media Sharing Sites
• Pictures, Videos, Audio
• Podcasts, YouTube,
flickr, Picasa, Pintrest
• Genealogy uses
–
–
–
–

Rese...
Other Genealogy Specific Sites
•
•
•
•

Genealogy Wise
GenForum
Family Tree Circles
Wikis
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–
–
–

FamilySearch
Ancestry
I...
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 resour...
Use more than one platform
• Combinations are key
- Different functions
- Different users

• Build similar
connections on ...
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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Social Media is a powerful tool for Genealogy research. Come learn the tips, tricks, and tools that you will need to successfully navigate the social media network. This presentation will cover some of the more popular platforms and give you guidance how you could use them for genealogy. Whether you are new to social media, or can’t put it down, this class has something for everyone.

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  • http://www2.uncp.edu/home/acurtis/NewMedia/SocialMedia/SocialMediaHistory.html https://www.mediabistro.com/alltwitter/social-media-1969-2012_b45869
  • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/belle-beth-cooper/10-surprising-social-medi_b_4325088.htmlThe fastest growing demographic on Twitter is the 55-64 year age bracket.This demographic has grown 79% since 2012.The 45-54 year age bracket is the fastest growing demographic on both Facebook and Google+.For Facebook, this group has jumped 46%.For Google+, 56%.
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    1. 1. The Ins & Outs of Social Media For Genealogists SHANNON COMBS-BENNETT
    2. 2. 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
    3. 3. What it is and what it can do for you DEFINING SOCIAL MEDIA
    4. 4. 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.
    5. 5. 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
    6. 6. 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”
    7. 7. 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
    8. 8. Privacy Concerns • Public vs Private • What is and is not already out there • Monikers, aliases, and plain old fake names
    9. 9. Examples of popular platforms and what they do SO, WHAT’S OUT THERE
    10. 10. Blogs • Short for weblog – First started in 1999 • Blogger or Wordpress • Genealogy uses – – – – Research logs Cousin hunting Topic specific Your choice…
    11. 11. Microblogs • Blog type with limited size • Words or photos • Twitter or Tumbler • Genealogy uses: – – – – Collaboration Call to action Education Networking
    12. 12. Social Networks • A place to create and nurture connections • Facebook or Google + • Genealogy uses – Collaboration – Education – Research help
    13. 13. Media Sharing Sites • Pictures, Videos, Audio • Podcasts, YouTube, flickr, Picasa, Pintrest • Genealogy uses – – – – Research Collaboration Cousin hunting Education
    14. 14. Other Genealogy Specific Sites • • • • Genealogy Wise GenForum Family Tree Circles Wikis – – – – FamilySearch Ancestry ISOGG Familypedia
    15. 15. A brief how-to on making this all work for you PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
    16. 16. 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
    17. 17. 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
    18. 18. Example 1: Surfing the web late at night
    19. 19. Example 1: Great educational experience
    20. 20. Example 3: Education opportunities
    21. 21. Let me have it and thanks for coming! QUESTIONS?
    22. 22. Template Provided By www.animationfactory.com 500,000 Downloadable PowerPoint Templates, Animated Clip Art, Backgrounds and Videos

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