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    Handy Twitter Links for Jamboree #scgs12


    So Cal is rolling out the red carpet for bloggers and genealogists who will be attending the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree in Burbank. With barely two weeks until the pre-event Family History Writers' Conference and Tech-Trax Workshop, it's time to get organized and get ready for a great weekend.

    I've lost track of how many Jamborees I've attended, but I know for a fact that the event continues to exceed all expectations. The GeneaBlogger presence has grown from a handful of bloggers a few years ago to mini-conference number last year. Jamboree has become THE place to meet your online friends, learn something new, and stretch yourself a bit.

    Get started by subscribing to the Official Jamboree Blog and following the genealogy community on Twitter:

    Official #SCGS12 Jamboree Blog - subscribe for all the latest updates

    2012 Genealogy Jamboree Vendors and Sponsors on Twitter - list from WeTree Amy Coffin

    2012 Genealogy Jamboree Speakers on Twitter - also from Amy

    2012 Genealogy Jamboree Bloggers and Friends on Twitter - also from Amy



    Tech Tuesday: Back to School and Time for Roll Call

    The day after Labor Day is traditionally the first day of school in many parts of the country, but as a former high school teacher, the only homework for The Family Curator today is to welcome readers and take attendance!

    In recent months, I’ve noticed a marked decrease in comment interaction throughout the genealogy blogging community. Is it that posts are less stimulating? Did the blog feed get lost in updates and moves? Or has Twitter replaced the old comment box as the preferred way to respond?

    Several bloggers have noted the decrease in comments in proportion to the increase in Twitter activity. And as much as I enjoy the immediate action of Twitter conversations, I miss the longevity of a blog comment. Sometimes I learn as much from comments as I do from articles.

    Today’s Homework

    What do you think? Do you Tweet? Has Twitter impacted your commenting activity? We are taking Roll Call at The Family Curator and asking for your input – are you out there Reader? Please, leave a comment and let’s tally the results.


    Tech Tuesday: Tremendous Tweets

    This past weekend's Jamboree conference was a true showcase for social networking with Twitter and Facebook. Geneabloggers and Thomas MacEntee worked with Jamboree chair Paula Hinkel to set up a Twitter hashtag #scgs09, and twitterings prior to the event suggested that it would be well utilized.

    On arrival, tweeters found that a huge video screen had been set up in the foyer of the conference hall to show a projected image of scrolling tweets bearing the Jamboree tag. I was a bit startled the first time I walked into the room and saw my words rotating over the big screen. It really drove home the point to be careful about what I wrote!

    At each session I attended, and especially the Blogger Summit, attendees were tweeting ideas and responses throughout the program. During the Summit, the panel members as well as the attendees tweeted comments, creating a kind of "discussion within a discussion." Our teachers, probably would have called it "whispering" and rapped our hands, but it served a useful purpose of allowing side-conversations to develop without interrupting the main speaker or topic. Some of these comments also came through Facebook, genearating comments from non-attendees as well. I am sure we will here more about some of those topics in the weeks to come.

    It quickly became obvious that some folks have a gift for listening while typing, and I was one who relinquished the field to Randy Seaver when it became obvious that he was doing an excellent job of tweet-casting play-by-play action from the Blogger Summit.

    What a wonderful tool! I had to leave the Summit early for another appointment, and knew that I could catch up on what I missed by reading Randy's twitter report later. Wouldn't similar interaction be great with other kinds of groups? We saw it working this weekend, and felt that using Twitter and Facebook helped share our Jamboree experience with other bloggers not attending the event.


    Getting My Tech Together, part 1

    Denise Olson at Family Matters has pushed me over the edge into Twitter which moved me to "get my tech together" starting at the goal-setting site, 43 Things. In fact, I am soooo inspired that I sent out this email to my family and friends this morning, and thought I would just post it here for my blogging pals, in case anyone needs another nudge.

    Hello friends,

    It's the end of 2008 and as I am thinking about hanging up a new calendar I just wanted to share with you my recent tech finds, in case you have an urge to try something new this year.
    has been around for a while, but I haven't really used it much. It is a website where you can list goals, and see how many other people have the same ones. Kinda fun. Very easy. and as we all know, making goals is the first step toward getting there.
    is a social networking site (like facebook, but easier). I'd heard about for a while, but after reading an article in the Wall Street Journal earlier in the month I decided to give it a try. I also read a good piece about using Twitter to keep in touch with family in the event of a disaster. It is a website where members communicate in "tweets", very short text messages. You can "follow" other people's twitters (tweets?) to see what they are up to. So, if I am going out to lunch and post "going to lunch" anyone who follows my twitters will know this. Who cares? Well, it is fun to know what folks are doing, and if there is an emergency it is a very fast way to say "we are ok". This is a good little clip about what else it can do. Also, you only have to follow people you want to, and you get to allow people access or not to your own twittering. Oh, you can also do this via cell phone, which makes it really useful.

    youtube intro to twitter

    Denise Olson's article about using twitter in emergencies

    Denise Olson's great intro to twitter from FamilyMatters blog

    Let me know if you try any of these out. Can you tell that one of my top goals for 2009 is to be better prepared for an emergency?

    xo, Denise

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