Friday, August 1, 2008

The Week in Facebook - 8/1/2008

This is a weekly feature which will document some of the genea-blogger happenings as they relate to Facebook®.

- The Genea-Bloggers group has seen some more growth this past week. There are now 77 members - an increase of 29 members over last week, most of whom already have their blogs posted at Blog Networks in Facebook®.

In addition, the Adminsitrators for Genea-Bloggers (me, Miriam Robbins Midkiff of AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors and Kathyrn Doyle of California Genealogical Society and Blog) have been developing a more effective means of welcoming new members and notifying existing members of new members and their respective blogs.

- Also posted to the Genea-Bloggers group are upcoming events including the 4th Edition Smile For The Camera - A Carnival of Images, Scanfest!, and the 8th Edition of Carnival of Irish Heritage and Culture.

- As a compliment to the genea-blogger experience on Facebook®, a new blog called Facebook® Bootcamp for Genea-Bloggers premiered. It is a collaborative effort with input from authors such as Miriam, Kathryn, Terry Thornton at Hill Country of Monroe County, Mississippi and Denise Olson at Family Matters. All of the posts are meant to help genea-bloggers become more comfortable working within Facebook®. Make a visit when you have a chance and if you'd like to see a post about one of your Facebook® annoyances or pet peeves, drop me an e-mail!

- One advantage of being a genealogist or family historian and being on Facebook® is the ability to meet living cousins and far flung, possibly heretofore unknown, relatives. Sometimes I am so busy looking for dead people to place on my family tree that I don't look in the present and seek out living people. If you have a story of meeting a cousin or other relative through Facebook® let us know - we'd love to hear about it!

That's it for this week, especially since there are carnival deadlines coming up today! If anyone has a question as to how to use facebook®, I'd be happy to help. You can always email me directly but if you post your question as a Discussion Topic at the Genea-Bloggers group, you might find that other members also have the same questions.


Midge Frazel said...

I am proud to be your cousin!

looking4ancestors said...

Greetings Thomas,

Thanks for all your hard work you do for us genea-bloggers. Congratulations! You have been awarded a Blogging Friends Forever Award

Denise Levenick said...

I'm so glad to find you, Thomas, and read about the genea-blogging connection with Facebook. My new Blackberry came with the BIG news that I can post to Facebook from the device, but all I know about it is that my high school students were warned off using it and any school-related news was banned. I think I have much to learn! I met Katherine Doyle at the SoCal Gen Jamboree, so I guess that is one "familiar face" to me. I am looking forward to giving it a try.