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I came across a most interesting blog tonight, by a librarian who is on FIRE
with enthusiasm about Social Software -- has even written a book about it.
She and a small group ran a short class about it for her fellow librarians.
If you want to see how this emerging technology may change one of our main
genealogy repositories, see:
Read lots of Meredith's blog. It is really fascinating. On a side note, I
found her blog while reading about one of the downsides of the new web, the
targeting and quite frightening bullying of a popular tech author and
speaker, Kathy Sierra. My home state of Washington has just passed a new law
about cyber-bullying, which is getting to be quite a problem in schools.
However, the targetting of women is nothing new, and so far, is only being
addressed on an ad hoc basis.
Like any tool, the emerging technologies can be used for good, and for ill. It
is up to us the users, to make the wise and compassionate choices.
I have some other sites to write about, but have gotten sidetracked! I'll try
to get to it this week.
What emerging tech are you excited about using in your genealogy? We can discuss it all. There are more in-depth lists about various aspects of DNA testing, but we can do general discussions about how best to choose tests and then to use results to further our family histories.
Do you use Facebook and other social media in your genealogy work? How about blogging, tweeting, using wikis, mapping, new genealogy websites? Tell us what you are trying, and what is working for you, and what is a waste of time or money.
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