I love social media, I always have. It’s a great way to connect to others that you may not have the opportunity to meet if you depended solely on face-to-face contact. As I got more into genealogical research, I began to realize that social media could be used for genealogical purposes as well.
I’ve found general social media to be extremely useful in my research, everything from taking notice of a person’s name on Facebook and contacting them to see if they might be related to connecting with other genealogists. However, I was extremely and pleasantly surprised when I recently came across GenealogyWise. GenealogyWise.com is a social media website specifically for genealogists both amateur and professional.
I would say that GenealogyWise is most closely related to Facebook. Members can fill out profile information to include surnames and locations that they are researching and can add details about their level of and motivation for their research. There’s even a place to put your blog if you have one. Members can post pictures, videos, blog posts, statuses, and can link their GW account to Facebook and Twitter. As for member interactions, you can add friends, join groups, post events, start discussions, post to forums, and even IM in real time with other GW members currently online.
I haven’t had a chance to fully complete my profile yet, but please add me as a friend at http://www.genealogywise.com/profile/SaraSchneider.
What is your favorite social media venue for genealogy?