I would be interested to hear people’s thoughts on what value you feel (or IF you feel) blogs, wikis, social networking (facebook, twitter, etc), and any other tool I am omitting, actually add? Thus far in the young life of this blog, there hasn’t been much discussion, but hopefully a few of you will take the time to comment. Pass the link on to your friends, and feel free to add this site to your blogrolls. Here’s my $.02:
It seems like all of these tools could have a useful place. However, I think the choices are a little on the overwhelming side. Even for me, who is fluent with technology, there are too many options. If I want to reach a wide genealogy audience, how do I do best it? (Not saying I do – this is hypothetical) What do you feel is the best use of blogs? Of wikis? Of social or professional networking sites?
Of the above choices, I would say that the wiki holds the most promise of usefulness for genealogical purposes. I think some of the wiki material at familysearch is awesome, and a tremendous source of information. Blogs can be interesting, but other than a few of the big names, I don’t really read them. I find if you don’t follow them regularly, it’s hard to extract much useful information.
Social networking (or professional networking) sites seem to hold promise, but no one really seems to use them- at least not in the areas I ‘ve looked. For example: The Ohio Genealogical Society boasts that it has the largest membership of any state genealogical society. The OGS on Facebook? 48 members. If you do use these tools, what do you use them for?
Maybe this is the post that will help me see what I am missing. So let’s hear from some of you and your thoughts on these technologies. Here is a helpful list to compare your replies with others:
1. Which 2.0 tool do you use most often for genealogy?
2. Can you cite a specific instance of something you gained from a 2.0 tool that you otherwise would not have been able to (or would have taken a longer time)?
3. Do you feel the time spent using and updating your blogs, twitter tweets, facebook, etc, is time well spent? Why?
Feel free to add thoughts other than those three answers.