How many people remember the camp song that goes "Make new friends but keep the old, one is silver and the other is gold". That's how I feel about Facebook. I first got on with my recent friends, but as time went by, I found a lot of old friends too. It is such a neat way to renew old friendships and keep in contact when we live far apart. How cool is that.
OK, Facebook, I give up. You win. I'll "Get Timeline" now, since you're just going to force it on me in a week anyway. I know that I always say that THIS is the last straw, that this time I'm going to quit. But who am I kidding? I can't quit Facebook. I'm hooked.
I admit it, I’m addicted to Pinterest. It is a website where you can save images (called pinning) and information from other websites in folders. You have to create an account with a username and password. A coworker "invited" me to join, and so I started an account to save card-making ideas into folders. If you haven't received an invitation to join, you can go to their website and request an invite.
Genealogists love to share...most of the time. After all, it is by sharing that we find genealogy gold. It is with this spirit that we use social media. One of our goals is to meet our customers where they are at online. By using social media, we are able to connect with you in a unique way on your terms. MGC is using a variety of platforms for your convenience including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.
The Midwest Genealogy Center has joined the Pinterest community. We are very excited about this new opportunity to share all the wonderful resources MGC has to offer. Pinterest’s main attraction is the ability to share photos and websites through "pinning" and allow others to share or "repin" your information; think online scrapbooking. Users create boards to hold their pins, and followers can repin whole boards, as well.
Social media can be a confusing beast. Anyone new to social media will often wonder what they’re missing and how to filter out the noise. Welcome to the big world of hashtags. What is a hashtag? It is a topic label that, when clicked, will show you all the other conversations going on that share the same label on your social platform of choice. For example, the SyFy channel aired a new movie a couple weeks ago, and it was all the rage on Twitter with the hashtag #sharknado.
It may seem that children are getting online profiles too young these days. Most are getting smart phones sooner than starting high school, but is the idea of being online all bad? How important is it going to be for their careers in a world run by the Internet? I recently read somewhere how important it is for younger people to start creating a “digital footprint” that will follow them in a positive manner all through their professional lives.