Monday, June 16, 2014

VBlogging, Facebook and Google+, Oh My!

DearREADERS,
This Ol' gal has been experimenting the last six weeks with "social media" by NOT blogging, but continuing to use Facebook and Google+ to share info with my followers. The fact there is more traffic on the following three social media outlets informed my decision to test:

  1. DearMYRTLE's Facebook Group located here:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/DearMYRTLE/
  2. DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community on G+ located here:
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/102461242403735457058/communities/104382659430904043232
    This is the primary location for info about the three genealogy events I host each week with the able assistance of  +Cousin Russ. These are currently Mondays with Myrt (90 minute free form discussion), Wacky Wednesday (60 minute single how-to topic) and Genealogy Game Night. Be sure to check the GeneaWebinars.com Calendar for scheduling details.
  3. My Pat Richley-Erickson personal page on Facebook located here:
    https://www.facebook.com/DearMYRTLE
    A surprising number of people care about my grandson's Type 1 Diabetes, photos I upload about my grandchildren and the research trips Mr. Myrt and I take.
NOTE: I turned off comments on DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel because I want all conversation archived with the embedded video over in DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community on G+. It seems YouTube gives Ol' Myrt more trouble with spammers. Potential followers may go to the Community, be accepted as a member before they can post, so we've not had a single spammer there.

RESULTS
  • I believe publishing a blog post makes no difference in live attendance at my Hangouts on Air. 
  • Most of my followers are getting information from DearMYRTLE's Facebook group and Google+ community. 
  • Some days more "genealogy talk" from followers happens in reaction to a notice I directly post on Google+. Then a week will go by where Facebook is really hopping with activity. 
  • In my experience, more substantive comments are posted on Google+.
  • Membership growth is consistent and similar comparing DearMYRTLE's Facebook and Google+ community.
  • VBlogging (video blogging) is a lot of fun. 
  • Recording a demo is easier than typing a blog post.
  • I agree with James Tanner (aaack!) that LinkedIn isn't where its happening for collaboration among genealogists, their family members and clients. See his post titled The Move from Facebook to LinkedIn.

FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION
I just noticed @DearMYRTLE has over 5,000 Twitter followers. Yikes! I don't tweet very much, except for #genchat, #RootsTech and during TV genealogy show broadcasts. Who ARE these people?

WHAT ARE MYRT'S PLANS?
This Ol' gal is going to take advantage of "social media" to:
  • Record more frequent "short subject" VBlog posts (3-8 minutes in length) as we are seeing in my new series Starting Over.
  • Experiment to address the Twitter audience with the information I'm curating and the vblog (video blog) posts I'm producing.
  • Work with +Cousin Russ to produce helpful VBlog training posts about how tfree Google+ resources can be useful to individuals, societies, family associations. 
  • Assist professional genealogists wishing to offer dynamic multi-media components when communicating with clients.
  • From time to time I will create a blog post just to keep up with this older technology.
You know the age-old paper format family history isn't as much fun as digital,
particularly when family members of all ages can collaborate.

WHY do any of this? Well, Ol' Myrt here just loves to get folks talking about how to:
  • improve research skills
  • understand the genealogical proof standard
  • compile reasonably accurate personal and family histories. 
Technological advances each day make it easier to accomplish these goals. 

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.

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Twitter: @DearMYRTLE
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