Blogs,
Tweets and
Apps
May P. Chan
Prairie History Librarian, Regina
Public Library
Presented on October 5, 2013
SGS Confe...
Outline
 Blogs
 Basic Blogging Terminology
 Why Blog?
 Blogging Tips
 Blogging Resources
 Tweets
 Twitter Terminolo...
Image Attribution:
http://theedublogger.com/2010/12/14/the-
edubloggers-introduction-to-blogging/
Blogs
Basic Blogging Terminology
Blog = online journal presented in reverse chronological order
and is usually updated frequentl...
Why Blog???
Advantages
 FREE!!! Hosting, design
templates, etc.
 Can be public or private
 Ease of use
 Easy to setup;...
Blogging Tips
Before you start a blog, ask yourself
these questions:
 Why are you doing it?
 Who is the intended audienc...
Example of an Institution’s Blog
Prairie History Blog, Regina
Public Library
http://www.reginalibrary.ca/
prairiehistorybl...
Example of an Individual’s Blog
CanadaGenealogy or ‘Jane’s
Your Aunt’ blog by M. Diane
Rogers
(
http://canadagenealogy.blo...
Blogging Dos
 Do add multimedia (photos and videos)
to your post – blog should not be text only!
 Do add some element of...
Blogging Don’ts
 Don’t over obsess about the blog
design, colors used, etc. – these
elements can always be changed
 Don’...
Must READ!
GenealogyInTime’s Article “Twenty Tips on
What Makes a Good Genealogy Blog”
(http://tinyurl.com/3qhzb73)
Blogging Resources
Setting up a blog is easy and FREE if you use
one of these blogging Platforms!!!
 WordPress (http://ww...
Blogging Resources - continued
Recommended Blogs to Follow:
Local
 Prairie History Blog (
http://www.reginalibrary.ca/pra...
Blogging Resources - Continued
International
 Dick Eastman’s Newsletter (http://blog.eogn.com/)
 Dear Myrtle (http://blo...
Tweets
Image Attribution:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/opensourceway/5364620846/
Twitter Terminology
Twitter = social media service that enables users to send
and read messages of up to 140 characters
(m...
Why Tweet???
To build up a “professional” network
To learn about upcoming training
sessions, connect with colleagues, et...
Twitter Etiquette
 Contribute value
 Don’t just tweet headlines or provide links
 It’s okay to re-tweet someone’s tweet...
Twitter Resources
(Brief List)
Caroline Pointer, ““New to Twitter? Here’s Some Tweeting
Twips” (
http://www.4yourfamilysto...
Apps
Image Attribution:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/wolfgangkuhnle/4163909
778/
Basic Apps Terminology
App = short form of software/computer application that
performs a specific technological function. ...
Why Use Apps???
 According to CWTA’s 2013 figures, there are
more than 27 million cell phone subscribers in
Canada (http:...
Computers vs. Smartphones/Tablets
Computers
 More memory, more processing
power and more functionality
 Less compact, he...
Recommended FREE Apps
(Apple and Android)
Genealogy Research
Ancestry App – enables users to search
Ancestry’s databases ...
Recommended FREE Apps
(Apple and Android)
Productivity
CamScanner – turns your phone into a scanner & fax
machine
Dropbo...
Recommended FREE Apps
(Apple and Android)
Just for Fun
Facebook – social networking site
HistoryPin – allows users to di...
Apps Resources
(Brief List)
Dick Eastman, “Genealogy Programs for Android”
(http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy...
Image Attribution:
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Question_ma
rk_road_sign,_Australia.jpg
Thank-you
Contact:
Email: maychan@reginalibrary.ca
http://www.slideshare.net/maychan
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  1. 1. Blogs, Tweets and Apps May P. Chan Prairie History Librarian, Regina Public Library Presented on October 5, 2013 SGS Conference, Moose Jaw, SK © 2013
  2. 2. Outline  Blogs  Basic Blogging Terminology  Why Blog?  Blogging Tips  Blogging Resources  Tweets  Twitter Terminology  Why Tweet?  Twitter Etiquette  Twitter Resources  Apps Apps Terminology  Why Use Apps?  Recommend Free Apps (Apple & Android)  Question Period/Conclusion
  3. 3. Image Attribution: http://theedublogger.com/2010/12/14/the- edubloggers-introduction-to-blogging/ Blogs
  4. 4. Basic Blogging Terminology Blog = online journal presented in reverse chronological order and is usually updated frequently Blogroll = A list of hyperlinks to other blogs or websites Post = an entry posted by the blog author RSS/XML feeds = Rich Site Summary/Really Simple Syndication/Extensive Markup Language is a web feed format that enables users to subscribe to their favorite website/blog and be notified when new content has been added RSS/XML reader = software/website application that aggregates all of your subscribed RSS/XML feeds into a single location for easier viewing
  5. 5. Why Blog??? Advantages  FREE!!! Hosting, design templates, etc.  Can be public or private  Ease of use  Easy to setup; easy to change fonts, add links, upload multi-media, etc.  Many non-profits actually use blogs as their websites  RSS/XML feeds are usually built into the blogging software  Designed for 2 way communication – e.g. comments features  Some blogging platforms enable mobile blogging Disadvantages  Blogging burnout  Many blogs are abandoned within the first couple of years of it being launched.  Somewhat difficult to come up with new or interesting topics to discuss – problems mostly associated with not knowing why you have a blog  Depending on your project, blogs may not always be suitable (e.g. database)  Like any website, blogs are subject to spam and/or virus attacks
  6. 6. Blogging Tips Before you start a blog, ask yourself these questions:  Why are you doing it?  Who is the intended audience?  How much time are you willing to commit to it?  Do you want feedback (e.g. comments)?  What will happen to your blog if you abandon the project or when you die?
  7. 7. Example of an Institution’s Blog Prairie History Blog, Regina Public Library http://www.reginalibrary.ca/ prairiehistoryblog Info about new resources added to the collection, changes in operating hours, events in the community, etc.
  8. 8. Example of an Individual’s Blog CanadaGenealogy or ‘Jane’s Your Aunt’ blog by M. Diane Rogers ( http://canadagenealogy.blogspot.ca/ ) Personal family research providing really good research tips Various ways to stay in touch with author (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, etc.)
  9. 9. Blogging Dos  Do add multimedia (photos and videos) to your post – blog should not be text only!  Do add some element of color to your post – don’t be too minimalist in the look of your blog  Post “regularly” (e.g. once a week, once a month, etc.) to keep content “fresh”  Be unique!!! Your blog should bring something new or different to the genealogy community
  10. 10. Blogging Don’ts  Don’t over obsess about the blog design, colors used, etc. – these elements can always be changed  Don’t be mean! It’s okay to provide constructive criticism but don’t cross the line into “slander” Don’t plagiarize! Always cite your sources!!!  Don’t reveal “private information” (e.g. addresses or birthdays) about living relatives
  11. 11. Must READ! GenealogyInTime’s Article “Twenty Tips on What Makes a Good Genealogy Blog” (http://tinyurl.com/3qhzb73)
  12. 12. Blogging Resources Setting up a blog is easy and FREE if you use one of these blogging Platforms!!!  WordPress (http://www.wordpress.org) – blogging and content management system (CMS)  Blogger (http://www.blogger.com) – blogging platform owned by Google  Tumblr (http://www.tumblr.com) – microblogging platform & social networking site Helpful Tip! Check your public library for software manuals to help you set up and maintain your blog or using other helpful computer programs/applications.
  13. 13. Blogging Resources - continued Recommended Blogs to Follow: Local  Prairie History Blog ( http://www.reginalibrary.ca/prairiehistoryblog  Saskatchewan Genealogical Society Blog ( http://saskgenealogy.blogspot.ca) National  Genealogy Canada ( http://genealogycanada.blogspot.ca/)  Anglo-Celtic Connections ( http://anglo-celtic-connections.blogspot.ca)
  14. 14. Blogging Resources - Continued International  Dick Eastman’s Newsletter (http://blog.eogn.com/)  Dear Myrtle (http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/) Website-specific  Ancestry Insider (Ancestry & FamilySearch; http://ancestryinsider.blogspot.com)  Mocavo (http://blog.mocavo.com/) To find more blogs, try:  Genealogy Blog Finder (http://blogfinder.genealogue.com/ )  Family Tree magazine’s Best Genealogy Blogs of 2012 ( http://familytreemagazine.com/article/around-the-world-in-40-blogs )  Family Tree magazine’s Best Genealogy Blogs of 2013 ( http://www.familytreemagazine.com/article/Top-40-Genealogy-Blog )
  15. 15. Tweets Image Attribution: http://www.flickr.com/photos/opensourceway/5364620846/
  16. 16. Twitter Terminology Twitter = social media service that enables users to send and read messages of up to 140 characters (microblogging) Tweet = message sent by Twitter Twitter Handle = username of a Twitter user Hashtag = represented by # symbol; #hashtags allows users to categorize their tweets enabling readers to read similar tweets using the same category @ = this symbol is used to address other Twitter users
  17. 17. Why Tweet??? To build up a “professional” network To learn about upcoming training sessions, connect with colleagues, etc. To share your research or tips To ask questions To learn about new resources To get discounts or free stuff from various companies
  18. 18. Twitter Etiquette  Contribute value  Don’t just tweet headlines or provide links  It’s okay to re-tweet someone’s tweet but don’t have a Twitter account that just re-tweets everyone’s thoughts  Don’t overuse hashtags  Eg. This session is great! #Attending #SGSconf #In #MooseJaw #Mays #Session #Blogs #Tweets #Apps  Avoid “excessive” negativity – practice constructive criticism instead of slander  You don’t need to follow everyone who follows you on Twitter!
  19. 19. Twitter Resources (Brief List) Caroline Pointer, ““New to Twitter? Here’s Some Tweeting Twips” ( http://www.4yourfamilystory.com/1/post/2012/01/new-to-twitter- ) Lorine McGinnis Schulze, “Don't Be an Egg (Twitter Tips)” ( http://olivetreegenealogy.blogspot.ca/2013/05/dont-be-egg ) Social Networking For Genealogy>>Twitter (http://www.cyndislist.com/social-networking/twitter/)
  20. 20. Apps Image Attribution: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wolfgangkuhnle/4163909 778/
  21. 21. Basic Apps Terminology App = short form of software/computer application that performs a specific technological function. Apps typically associated with mobile devices and tablets Android = open-sourced operating system on most mobile phones and tablets; associated with Google IOS = Apple’s mobile operating system on their iPhones and iPads Smartphone = mobile phone that offers more advanced “computing” features beyond a normal cell phone
  22. 22. Why Use Apps???  According to CWTA’s 2013 figures, there are more than 27 million cell phone subscribers in Canada (http://tinyurl.com/m222ldq) with 62% of users likely owning a smartphone (http://tinyurl.com/bv6p7mp)  ETC Digital also reports that 26% of Canada’s population owned a tablet as of 2012 (http://tinyurl.com/kytqen7)  Given the numbers presented, genealogists are more likely going to be walking into the library/archives/museum area with a cell phone and/or a tablet to do research than just a laptop or paper & pen!!!
  23. 23. Computers vs. Smartphones/Tablets Computers  More memory, more processing power and more functionality  Less compact, heavier and often, more difficult to use  Computer programs tend to be more expensive, difficult to install and complicated to use  3 major operating systems – Windows, Mac and Linux Smartphones/Tablets  Less memory, and less processing power and different types of functionality  More compact, lighter and easier to use  Apps tend to be slightly more affordable, really easy to install, and often, much easier to use  2 major operating systems – Apple & Android Work Entertainment
  24. 24. Recommended FREE Apps (Apple and Android) Genealogy Research Ancestry App – enables users to search Ancestry’s databases and to edit their uploaded family trees; **Note: This app works only with individual Ancestry subscribers! Billiongraves Camera App - Collect photos of the headstones in your local cemetery & allows you to transcribe the data from the images
  25. 25. Recommended FREE Apps (Apple and Android) Productivity CamScanner – turns your phone into a scanner & fax machine Dropbox – enables users to store content in their “cloud” Evernote – allows users to take note, save & share webpages and sync files across devices Google Drive – allows users to sync and access their Google Docs files across devices Skype – provides voice and video calls for free! Wordpress – enables users to post to their Wordpress blog via their phone/tablet
  26. 26. Recommended FREE Apps (Apple and Android) Just for Fun Facebook – social networking site HistoryPin – allows users to discover a locale by examining old photos of the area pinned to a map Mango – learn a variety of foreign languages ** (RPL user only) Overdrive – ebooks and audiobooks ** Pinterest – enables users to “pin” interesting webpages, articles, photos, etc. to board Press Reader – online newspaper ** Twitter – microblogging site Zinio – digital magazine site ** (RPL user only) Helpful tip! ** Check with your local library to see if they already subscribe to these services and can offer you free access to the content
  27. 27. Apps Resources (Brief List) Dick Eastman, “Genealogy Programs for Android” (http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2 013/06/genealogy-programs-for-android.html) Kimberly Powell, “iPad Apps for Genealogy” (http://genealogy.about.com/od/family_tree_software/ tp/Ipad-Apps-For-Genealogy.htm) James Tanner, “Smartphone Apps for Genealogy” (https://familysearch.org/techtips/2012/02/smartphon e-apps-genealogy)
  28. 28. Image Attribution: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Question_ma rk_road_sign,_Australia.jpg
  29. 29. Thank-you Contact: Email: maychan@reginalibrary.ca http://www.slideshare.net/maychan

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