Every day, I go out there on the Social Network highway – Following, Tweeting, Linking – all in an effort to learn as much as I can about what’s happening in the world of family history so that I can bring back home and share it with you. (Aww. That’s nice.)
Social Networking is a GREAT tool for family historians, but it can be a little intimidating for some. Recently, I joined Genealogy Wise – a very non-scary social network created specifically for family historians. After kicking the tires for a couple of weeks, I feel confident in my endorsement – if you are involved in any way with the genealogical community, Genealogy Wise is something you should consider becoming a part of.
After a somewhat bumpy launch in the summer of 2009, this extremely active community has grown exponentially, and as of today supports:
- 18, 374 Members
- 3, 509 Groups
- 476 discussion forums
The site itself is very user-friendly and easy to navigate. I’ve spent a good deal of time reading posts and discussion threads, I’m especially impressed by the collaborative spirit and professionalism that I’ve experienced. The Chat Room offers scheduled chats, hosted by some of the best in the field. (Click here to read my post about the Genealogy Wise Chat Room.)
What about you? Are you out on the highway with me? Are you on Genealogy Wise? Are you a Friend or a Tweeter? How do you use social networking to help you with your family history? Or are you avoiding the whole thing? I would love to hear your perspective.
P.S. I haven’t spent ANY time on Genealogy Wise “friending” people, so I only have a handful of friends right now.