Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Do You Use Twitter? I Do

I signed up for Twitter in December 2008 because I saw the value of "instant news" - how to get a message out RIGHT NOW for something I, or others, think is important.  I use it almost every day to highlight my blog posts, and I have set up Facebook to republish the Twitter posts.

I have used Twitter for more than genealogy.  Whenever there is a natural disaster (earthquake, fire, hurricane), Twitter comes alive.  Every time there is a significant news story (politics, crashes, riots, sports, etc.), Twitter comes alive.  In real time.  Eyewitness news, basically, on my computer.  The information in news stories often lead me to a new resource that I can "follow" on Twitter or subscribe to via email or RSS feed.

Right now, I have over 6,000 followers, and follow over 3,300 tweeters.  I have posted over 9,344 tweets, almost all of them about genealogy.

Here is a screen shot of the top of my home page (

A user can put keywords or usernames in the search field at the top of the right of the screen.  for instance, my "Twitter feed" today had these entries for "genealogy":

That is just a selection from this afternoon around 4:30 p.m.  More Twitter posts will be added as the day goes on and the list will change.  Sometimes tweets persist somehow.

 Twitter is one more outlet for me to stay abreast of what's happening in genealogy.  I get information from many of the genealogy tweets - often they are from someone who I follow on Twitter but don't follow using Feedly.  Some of the tweeters don't have a blog, but many do.

There are some useful tweet chats for genealogy.  Use these "tags" to see a list of the most recent tweets using the hashtag (#):

#genchat - every two weeks on Friday night at 7 p.m. Pacific time.  Next is 25 May

#genchatDNA - every month on the third Saturday night at 7 p.m. Pacific time.  Next is 16 June

#ancestryhour - every week on Tuesday at 12 noon Pacific time

These are the ones I'm aware of - if you know of a genea-chat, please let me know in comments.


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1 comment:

Louis Kessler said...


The NextGen Genealogy Network occasionally holds "tweetups" with the hashtag #iamnextgen. Their last one was on Saturday May 5 on the topic April Showers bring Mayflower Ancestors. Prior to that they had talks on Irish Genealogy, Family Traditions and others.

There's also #gbtribechat byGeneaBloggersTRIBE that had its first tweet chat on May 16 and I believe I read somewhere that they want to chat the evening of the 3rd Wednesday every month.

And there's a #genchatDE group that discusses genealogy. They last met on May 3. The tweets are all in German. They have a website here: with their schedule.

#genchat also has a website at: where they post their schedule. This evening (Friday, May 25) they're having the session: "Religious Focus: Judaism"