Friday, March 27, 2009

"Social Networking for Genealogists" book by Drew Smith

I just saw a tweet on Twitter about Drew Smith's new book, Social Networking for Genealogists, from Genealogical Publishing Company. The description says (in part):

"This book describes the wide array of social networking services that are now available online and highlights how these services can be used by genealogists to share information, photos, and videos with family, friends, and other researchers. Each chapter guides you through a unique category of social networking services using genealogy-related examples. From blogs and wikis to Facebook and Second Life, author Drew Smith shows you how to incorporate these powerful new tools into your family history research.

"Specifically, you'll find chapters devoted to the following social networking concepts and services:

"* Blogs
* Collaborative editing
* Genealogy-specific social networks
* General social networking (Facebook)
* Message boards & mailing lists
* Photos & video sharing
* Podcasts
* RSS feeds
* Sharing personal libraries
* Tags
* Virtual worlds
* Wikis"

That about covers it!! I'm going to order it today and see what I've been missing out on. But I'm wondering if I have any more time in my day to spend on all the things in this book that I'm not doing.


  1. This is a wonderful book. It works well for beginners but old hands will see the possibilities in the new technologies. I wholeheartedly recommend it. Within days of trying some of the ideas had some great research breakthroughs. And that was just from Drew's pre-publication lecture.

  2. Nice post. Those services are also a great way to get both one way and incoming links into to your website which helps increase your page rank.

  3. I'm new to blogging and I hope this book can give me ideas on where to begin.

  4. Do you have screenshots of this book? Looks great but the topics are generally basic.
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  5. Why haven 't you included Marketing on the list. There are many users that do their marketing on social networks. It's a little bit annoying but sometimes they also helps in keeping the website alive.

  6. Is there an e-book version of this? I'm willing to pay for the download. It's just that I prefer reading e-books on my iPad.

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  8. I personally listen to a lot of business podcast, and clearly, even with less than a thousand listeners, it could improve on your campaigns. It may not be consistent with the results, but it sporadically spikes up your reputation amongst people.

  9. I'm interested in reading that guide. They say you can get advance knowledge in social networking in this guide.
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  10. I'll be sure to grab a copy, I think that social networking is such a great tool to use.
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