Saturday, July 14, 2018
Where are we with social networking?
What is happing in the world of blogs? What is happening on Facebook? What about Google+? And what about Twitter and Pinterest and Instagram? Not to mention, what is going on in the hundreds of other social networking websites. Last, of all, what does this have to do with genealogy?
Here is a graphic display of some of the more prominent social networking websites. How many do you recognize?
I am only on about nine of them. What do I know?
I have observed many times in the past few years that genealogical blogs are on the decline both in content and number. I have been going through lists of genealogy blogs online and continually find blogs listed that haven't posted for years. Some have been abandoned altogether. For example, out of ten blogs I checked, only three still had viable and updated posts. Many of these were abandoned as long as three or more years ago. Even though some of them had postings in 2018, the posts were outdated by many months. As I continued to search, I looked at posted "best genealogy blogs" and "genealogy blogs worth reading." Interestingly, my blog was seldom listed but most of the ones recommended hadn't published in years.
My reality is that one of my most popular venues is Pinterest.com. I get more visits on Pinterest.com than I do in almost all my other blogs.
One interesting development is the invitation I received from RootsTech 2019 (RootsTech.org) inviting me to apply to be a RootsTech Ambassador. There was no mention of blogs or bloggers in the invitation.
Where have all the bloggers gone? To flowers every one?
Facebook.com has a lot of current genealogical activity but it is not immediately evident from a common news stream. Even if you subscribe to a lot of Facebook genealogy posts, you will probably lose them in the stream of viral videos.
What about Pinterest? I have no idea how to focus on genealogy on Pinterest. Everything goes by in huge streams of photos.
Instagram? I limit my friends to my family to keep from seeing everything that goes on everywhere.
I could go on but my impression is that genealogical information of the kind sent out regularly by experienced genealogists is getting harder and harder to find.