Tuesday, December 14th, 2010 05:34 pm
I used to be on Facebook. One of my sisters ragged me about it for so long, I caved.

I almost instantly regretted it.

I am a writer. I do not write in sound bites that fit on the wall.

So I always ran out of characters before I ran out of something to say.

Then, the little wet-behind-the-ears Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, declared that privacy was no longer a "social norm," and that was all I needed to deep-six Facebook.

And yet, many of the bloggers I follow are on Facebook. Even when they post that they don't really like it.

So I want to know...is there an advantage from a genealogical perspective to being on Facebook?

I frankly do not have any desire to re-connect with people with whom I attended grade school. I don't play games, or send cyber-gifts to people.

But, for those who have done it, is there a benefit to creating a surname or family page on Facebook? Have you made connections that helped with your research?
Saturday, December 25th, 2010 02:55 pm (UTC)
I have created a facebook group (one for each side of my family) where we can post photos and everyone helps identify who is in them, or we just laugh at everyone's hair, or whatever. We can trade family recipes, etc. And it's private, so nothing posted in the group is seen by the public and if you want in, you have to be invited. I have connected with several cousins I have never met, which is really fun!

I also enjoy keeping up with folks from high school (we are planning our 25th reunion).

Jenny Lanctot
www.aremyrootsshowing.blogspot.com
Saturday, December 25th, 2010 03:26 pm (UTC)
I can see where a group might be more useful than just an individual account.

I'll spend some time today looking at that...