Kollies Genealogy

The power of social networks pt 1: Twitter

Twitter, for those of you don’t know, is a micro-blogging site.  Which in turn means that you can post a comment to the web to update people who follow you with “What’s Happening?”, the only real restriction is that you’re limited to 140 characters.  Feel free to read more about Twitter here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twitter or you can join via this link https://twitter.com/signup if you haven’t already done so.

I joined Twitter in July 2008, and regularly ‘tweet’ about all manner of things going on in my life, however up to this point I had never realised just how useful Twitter could be. I started off ny just mentioning to my followers (about 500 people) that I was researching my family tree, and if anyone could give me any advice, or had any family info/photos that they could share, for them to get in touch.

The response wasn’t overwhelming, but what I did get was contact from a relative who I had never met before, living in France, but who had already started the genealogy journey a few years previous.  The person in question is called Cheryl, and since that initial contact about our family history I’ve come to regard her as a close family member.  Cheryl was able to share photo’s, stories, tips, and much much more with me, we quickly moved from Twitter to email, so our communication could be more in depth, and files started being passed back and forth (mostly Cheryl sending the to me).

Other members of my family started talking to me on Twitter about how my research was going, sharing the odd story, and photo where they could.  However their knowledge was as of yet pretty untapped, and you’ll find out more about that in my next post about Facebook.

I’d like to finish this post by saying, if you are on Twitter give me a shout https://twitter.com/#!/Kollies and if you want to speak with one of the most lovely people I know on there checkout Cheryl too https://twitter.com/#!/crrome