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 Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 8am, I will be presenting “The Twittering Genealogist” at the Arizona Family History Expo.
For the benefit of those attending (and those who happen by), here is my complete slide presentation:
As a genealogist or family historian one of the first things that you do after setting up an account is find people to follow. Even when you have been using Twitter for months, you will still want to spend some time finding additional people that share your interests and follow them.
How do you go about finding people to follow on Twitter? What tools can I use? How do I find others interested in genealogy?
In this 10 minute video we will explore ways to find and follow genealogists on twitter.
The video shows a list of 12 people and 12 companies/organizations on Twitter that genealogists might be interested in following.
Here is that list:
It is easy to sign up for Twitter. You can do it in two minutes or less. In this video, I will show you how to sign up for Twitter and give you a quick tour around the site. I also share an idea specific to genealogists.
For best viewing, click on the video while it is playing to view a larger version on the YouTube site & click the HD button to see it in high definition:
Did you find this video helpful? Do you have any other tips for setting up an account for a genealogist? What do you find most confusing about Twitter? If you are not signed up for Twitter now, are you going to sign up after watching the video?
I would love to hear your comments. If you would like to follow me on Twitter, my username is marktucker.