Meet the Family Twenty-First Century Style


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  • What is social media? According to Merriam Webster social media Wikipedia’s definition of social media is a means of interaction
  • Texting, accessing the internet and sending and receiving email remain popular. Some 50% cell phone owners download apps—up from 22% in 2009. Many use location based services like getting direction or recommendations. Nearly half of cell owners (48%) use their phone to listen to music. The proportion of cell owners who use video calling has tripled since May 2011.
  • We want to use technology, not let technology use us.
  • Look at the picture on the left and the picture on the right. They both talk about Mathew Riley. The on the left is from the family tree. The one on the right is a blog post. Which one is most interesting to read? Which one looks more interesting to someone that wasn’t interested in genealogy?
  • There are many comparisonBasically it all depends on what you want to use the blog for.
  • Once you fill in the information, create a user name and password, and the name of your blog. This will be the url for your blog.
  • This is where you can change most things about your blog. Its like the control panel. Highlights
  • Settings allow you to change the title, tag line, upload a picture to be used as your blog image.
  • When ready to post to your blog. You can post text, photos, videos, quotes and web links.
  • Your dashboard is the starting point. This is where all your blogs are listed, and you can pick on the icons next to them to perform various actions on each blog, such as:Writing a new post The orange button is what you use to write post with.Viewing your posts. The icon next to the orange button lets you view your posts.Catching up on your favorite blogsCheck out the dropbox menu
  • The dropdown menu next to the Post list icon is for a quick link toOverviewPostsPagesCommentsStatsEarnings (We will not use the earnings) unless you use the AdSense, not in this class!LayoutTemplateSettings
  • Overview see blog’s activity, news and tipsWrite a post in the post editor. Give post a title (optional)Click Preview, and then PublishPages create pages Limited to 1 MB in size.Comments Number of comments can have any number of commentsGoogle+StatsLayoutTemplateSettings
  • You can add images and video to your blog. You can add the image or video from the Post editor. Select Post and select either image or video.
  • Add an imageYou can add an image from your computer or the web to your blog. Click the image icon in the Post Editor toolbar. A window appears prompting you to browse for an image file on your computer, or enter the URL of an image on the Web.I chose am image file from my genealogy picture folder on my computer. You can also use images from your flash drive or something other source.The left side of the image upload screen gives you other choices to upload images.From this blog, Picassa Web Albums, from your phone, from you webcam, from a urlOnce you have selected your image, you can then choose a layout to determine how your image will appear in your post.
  • Template designer is a easy way to customize the look of your blog. You can select a variety of templates, images, colors, and column layouts to make your blog an expression of you. To get to the template designer, just click on the dropdown menu, or use the template on the left hand menus.Background You can still change the way your template looks. You can change the background color or image for your blog and then play with the color scheme.PLAY WITH THIS!!!!
  • More Templates here.
  • Used the customize link to change background, width and layout.
  • The settings menu lets you edit the title of your blog.Add a descriptionSet your privacyPermissions, who can post and the administrator of the blogPost and comments shows the number of post on the main pageWho can comment?Comment form message Add? If you want commentsMobile and email add mobile device check the Learn more about mobile devicesLanguage and Formatting Choose the language you want your blog in. Also change the time. Changed to eastern time zoneSearch preferences Meta tags, crawlers settingsOther Blog tools, Site Feed settings, Adult content yes/noGoogle Analytics
  • First you need to either text or email a message “REGISTER” to from your phone. You should receive an message from Blogger immediately.A few seconds after receiving this response you should receive a second response with your new blog namd and the claim code. This code is how you can connect your mobile phone to any blog you like.The next step is to use the code to claim your new blog, get on any computer(not your mobile device) and visit On the right side of the page you will see the “sign in” area. Enter the claim code that Blogger emailed to you, enter the human code below it.If your REGISTERED with the same email address that you used to register existing blogs with Blogger, the system will recognize that you have other blogs, and provide you with the option to connect your mobile device with those blogs.If your are sending text messages to the subject become the post title, the body becomes the post itself, and you can even insert pictures as your would with a regular blog post.
  • If you had a Google Account and have already set up a blog on Blogger. Google will use your email address and connect your Blogger Blog to your other Google account.Go to Itunes and download Blogger AppInstall and open on smart phone
  • Picasa is a part of GoogleFlickr is a part Yahoo
  • Videos help create traction with your audience. In addition to interesting photos, videos can create another level of engagement with users.Example Family Reunion, sending or uploading pictures to relatives that could not come to the reunion.
  • Use Google Maps to pin point where ancestors lived. Example NC ECHO city directory digitization. Kinston City directory for storing images Cyndi’s list for Maps & Geography Interactive Maps Online Map Interactive Tutorial on You Tube Instagram to share stories of you aging loved ones. Ask questions about their lives.
  • Meet the Family Twenty-First Century Style

    1. 1. 21st Century Style
    2. 2.     To become acquainted with blogging as a means to sharing your family tree information to the younger generation To explore using blogging as a means to that end. Using other technologies Definitely using mobile technology to push information out
    3. 3.    “ 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)” ”means of interactions among people in which they create, share, and/or exchange information and ideas in virtual communities and networks.” “depends on mobile and web-based technologies to create highly interactive platforms through which individuals and communities share, co-create, discuss, and modify usergenerated content. It introduces substantial and pervasive changes to communication between organizations, communities, and individuals.”
    4. 4.    72% of online adults are social networking site users. 18% on online adults are now Twitter users. Roughly double the 8% on online adults who use Twitter in November 2010. Six out of ten internet users age 50-64 are social networking site users, as are 43% of those ages 65 and older.
    5. 5.    Two-thirds (63%) of cell phone owners now use their phone to go online. 57% of all American adults are cell internet users. One-third (34%) mostly use their phone to access the internet, as opposed to other devices like a desktop, laptop, or tablet computer.
    6. 6.       Why is this important for genealogist? We want to share the information that we have gleemed over the years. The technology is available for genealogist to share the information with the younger generation(s) We are becoming a social media driven society. This is another way of keeping in touch with where we came from and where we are headed. There are many forms of technology at our disposal
    8. 8. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. A blog post about a specific person for family line will be higher in a Google search. A blog post will be more likely to hold the attention of a casual reader If your family tree is posted on the web, most people that will contact you have married cousins of your ancestors. Usually you have no more information other than what is on the tree. Anyone who finds the names in a blog post is really looking for your family, and are usually related to you. Blogs make it easier to contact you. Just add a form.
    9. 9.    Blogger vs A Complete Comparison WordPress is a commercial venture. Blogger acquired by Google in 2003.
    11. 11.     Register for a Mobile Blog “REGISTER” to Enable your Mobile Blog with the Claim Token Configure your existing blog as your mobile blog Create your blog post.
    12. 12.  Blogs -, Wordpress, - free photo storage and sharing.  - searchable database containing     thousands of identified and mystery photos. Picasa is Google’s picture sharing and storage Familypedia – collaborative family history encyclopedia WeRelate – worlds largest genealogy wiki
    13. 13.      Snapchat - Create short, beautiful, looping videos in a simple and fun way for your friends and family to see. Itunes Viddy - Lets you record multiple clips by pausing and resuming recording up to 30 seconds. Itunes Animoto - Share your camera roll into vidoes. Choose music and photos and share with everyone. Itunes Socialcam - Create videos of any length with custom filters. Videos stored in the cloud & viewable from any device, share to Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Email, SMS. Itunes Showyou - Gathers the best videos of the day and puts them into a lineup programmed by you. You make a channel from you iPad, iPhone or Android by sharing the videos you like.
    14. 14.      Interactive Mapping using Google Maps use NC ECHO digitized city directories Picasa use to upload and store pictures from smart phones Flickr use to upload and store pictures also, from Iphone, Ipad, etc. Google+ for storing images 13/07/google_v_flickr_the_best_place_to_store_your_photo s.html Instagram mobile picture sharing
    15. 15.     PEW Internet: Social Networking Cell Phone Activities 2013 Cell Internet Use 2013 How to use Technology for Genealogy
    16. 16.       Web 2.0 for Genealogists Jordan Jones NC Genealogical Society April 12, 2008 Blogs, Wikis & Flicker. Oh My! Sharing & Collaborating on the Modern Web Teach Me Genealogy How to use Technology for Genealogy Social Media and Genealogy eFamily- The Social Network for Families private social network for your family
    17. 17.   Top 40 Genealogy site in 2013 Blogger Getting Started Guide en
    18. 18. Jamane Yeager Meet the Family 21st Century Style NCLA 60th Biennial Conference Winston Salem, NC Oct. 15, 2013