May 30th, 2010 at 7:05 pm (Articles)
The Internet is in the process of changing from a collection of corporate, organizational, and personal websites to a social network of dynamic services full of user-contributed content (think Wikipedia, Flickr, YouTube, etc.) The benefits of participating in the universe of expanded and shared information are incalculable and will lead, potentially, to the greatest exchange of information in history. Genealogists in particular will thrive in the new Internet environment of sharing, exchanging, and interacting.
This book describes the wide array of social networking services that are now available online and highlights how these services can be used by genealogists to share information, photos, and videos with family, friends, and other researches. Each chapter guides you through a unique category of social networking services using genealogy-related examples. From blogs and wikis to Facebook and Second Life, author Drew Smith show you how to incorporate these powerful new tools into your family history research.
Specifically, you’ll find chapters devoted to the following social networking concepts and services:
Blogs, Collaborative editing, Genealogy-specific social networks, General social networking (Facebook), Message boards & mailing lists, Photos & video sharing, Podcasts, RSS feeds, sharing personal libraries, Tags, Virtual worlds, Wikis.
Library Journal Review
Social networking can be the answer to many a family researcher’s prayers. Not only do social tools and sites encourage the sharing of information, they also facilitate locating relatives and like-minded individuals. Still, many genealogists older than the Jon Stewart crowd are not aware of or hesitate to join the online social fray. Smith, Genealib mailing list administrator and costar of the Genealogy Guys Podcast (www.genealogyguys.com), explains the uses and benefits of social networking in easy-to-follow steps. Written in a conversational tone, the book highlights the individual features of tools like RSS, tagging, message boards, podcasts, blogs, and wikis. He also details the genealogical applications of sites like Flickr, LibraryThing, Facebook, Geni, and Delicious-even encouraging researchers to explore the virtual world of Second Life. Each chapter, copiously illustrated with screenshots, concludes with “assignments” to encourage readers to sample that particular social tool or service. Bottom Line While Brad and Debra Schepp’s Online Genealogy Handbook (Sterling, 2008) addresses some aspects of social networking, Smith’s book covers many more resources that could benefit genealogists in their quest to connect with relatives and fellow researchers.-Elaine M. Kuhn, Kenton Cty. P.L., Covington, KY Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information. From: Reed Elsevier Inc. Copyright Reed Business Information
This book looks like something all of us should take a look at. In this age of technology social networking it is just one more tool in staying connected. Inside you will find straight forward information on how, why and when. I actually think this book gives a simple and easy review of terms and tools so that anyone looking for information on social networking for genealogy or any other reason, will find it very useful.
Check it out.