What do you mean you have never heard of it before? You must not be on Twitter.
What is Twitter you ask?
The quick explanation of Twitter is that it is like blogging, but you only have 140 characters to get your message across. Some call it micro blogging. What do you twitter about? You answer the question: “What are you doing?” Some take it literally and some just share what they are thinking about at the time. It is a great way to connect with others you may never meet in person. It is also a great way to get the inside scoop on things that are happening in the genealogy world.
When I joined twitter on 19 December 2008, one of the first people that I “followed” was Paul Allen, the CEO of FamilyLink.com. What that means is that any “tweet” that Paul posts, I would see as well. I was able to follow Paul on his recent trip to Auckland, New Zealand. And that is where I first heard about GenSeek.
There are only a few tweets that mention GenSeek, so all we have right now is a name and its goal to be the “world’s gateway to family history content.”
Here is a snapshot of my TweetDeck pane that shows a Twitter search for “genseek” with the most recent tweets on top:
Transcript of Twitter search for “genseek”:
Dave_Whittle: @paulballen Hi, Paul. So what will set GenSeek apart from the crowd?
Mon 19 Jan 15:34
paulballen: @marktucker GenSeek.com will be coming out in the next 2 months or so. Until then, we could email you a powerpoint, but that’s about it.
Mon 19 Jan 15:31
TamuraJones: @paulballen FamilyLink has the genseek.com domain. Australians probably think of Jenny’s genseek.net first. Will that return on genseek.com?
Mon 19 Jan 02:49
marktucker: @paulballen – Where can I find out more information about GenSeek?
Sun 18 Jan 19:53
paulballen: Nearly all the genealogists we meet are enthusiastic about GenSeek and want to help us make it the world’s gateway to family history content
Sun 18 Jan 18:51
paulballen: 7:30 am in Auckland. Getting ready for day 4 of genealogy conference. Will show GenSeek, WorldHistory.com and WorldVitalRecords.com today.
Sun 18 Jan 11:29
I wonder if this has anything to do with an announcement that was made in May 2008 about a partnership between FamilySearch and FamilyLink.com to produce what Paul called, the Family History Library Catalog 2.0. What could be a better “gateway” than a library catalog? Here is a quote from the May 2008 post:
“The new catalog …may become the single best starting point for family history searches”
This blog post and the corresponding FamilySearch announcement promise big things for FHLC 2.0 and I haven’t heard much about it since then. So maybe this is it.
Even if GenSeek doesn’t turn out to be FHLC 2.0, something exciting is happening at FamilyLink.com and within weeks we should know what it is.
And about that Twitter thing? If you do decide to join the Twittering masses, you are welcome to follow me if you like.