GenPerfect is connected and social.
In my first GenPerfect post I mentioned that you could add living members to your database via Facebook. Lately my third cousin has added me to two closed Facebook groups for common ancestors: Thomas Tucker Family & William Henry Dollar Family
Members of these groups include living descendants of a common ancestor. Messages include the lineage of members back to the common ancestor as well as photos and digitized documents. What if GenPerfect could be pointed to these groups? You could see the list of your messages inside your genealogy software on the dashboard. The messages could be parsed and the mini-lineage added to your database citing Facebook as the source. Any photos added to the group would be imported as part of your media collection. GenPerfect would even allow you to update your Facebook status without leaving the application. You could configure the software to automatically prompt you for a Facebook status update at key moment such as when you add a photo or document or when you enter a conclusion and close out a research project. You could choose to post these to a group or your wall.
Similar to updating your Facebook status, you could also choose to tweet from inside GenPerfect. When prompted to update your status, you could choose to also post to Twitter.
By selecting a photo, some information in a database, or a research project and clicking a “Quick Post” link, a blog post would be assembled ready for you to edit and post to your blog. All without leaving GenPerfect.
On your dashboard or elsewhere in GenPerfect you could display blog postings by registering from a site’s RSS feed. Maybe GenPerfect would expose appropriate public information via its own RSS feed.
GenPerfect would have its own associated e-mail address. This way it could be used to register for family history mailing lists and the messages would appear inside GenPerfect.
Correspondence & Media
One of the lists I was always taught to keep as a correspondence log. Whenever I sent a letter, I was to include the date, who it was sent to, a summary of the letter’s contents as well as a date when a response was received.
In my experience, I send many more e-mails than letters by post, so an e-mail correspondence log would be beneficial to me. If GenPerfect had its own e-mail address, then any message that I send to a relative or family history collaborator I could CC this e-mail address and the entry would be auto-added to the log. If I receive an e-mail that I think would be important to my research, I would just forward it the GenPerfect e-mail.
If an e-mail included images and I forwarded it GenPerfect, the application would be smart enough to add the images to my media library.
Maybe I could include a tag as part of the subject line (ex: [PROJECT: WORTH TUCKER BIRTH]) and the log entry or image would be associated with a specific research project. If an e-mail sent to GenPerfect could not be auto-assigned to a specific project, then it would appear in a list so that later I could associate it with the correct project in the database.
Online Databases & Family Trees
There are so many more possibilities than these. I can think of genealogy-specific sites that might be useful to link to GenPerfect: Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, World Vital Records, Archives.com, Geni, FamilySearch Wiki, plus many, many more. One concern that I have is connecting GenPerfect (which is all about research in progress) with online trees that are concerned with just showing results. It would be helpful to be able to update the online trees from GenPerfect once a conclusion has been researched for a project.
What are some of your ideas?
Other than social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, what other software and ways should GenPerfect connect to social media sites?
How else could GenPerfect’s dedicated e-mail address be used?