A few years ago to find me on the internet you needn't look further than the Rootsweb TGF or old APG lists. After some continued bickering on those lists I stopped following them, only to check in periodically. Lately I've been spending more time on Facebook. I find that the interactions on Facebook suite my personality and I like the way multiple people can join a conversation. Seeing photos of people's faces is an advantage too. Somehow it's just more personal.
Recently, I decided to give the TGF list a try again. I would pop in over there to see what was going on. Do you know what I discovered? Some of my Facebook friends who don't say much on Facebook have a whole lot to say on the TGF list.
That got me thinking. Where are genealogists "meeting up" these days on the web? And what is their preferred place to discuss what's on their mind? In the "old days" it was all about the APG list. Then the TGF list came along and a lot of folks migrated over there. But now there are lots of options - Facebook, Twitter, GenealogyWise, Second Life, LinkedIn and old fashioned regular email.
Not only that but blogs and bloggers have really come to the forefront of the genealogical community. Much
discussion and ideas are shared there as well.
So where do genealogists meet now? Is there one place? Is the community segmented so that only the most devoted follow all the possible outlets?
One of my Facebook friends announced today that she is going to have two Facebook accounts - one for family and friends and another one for genealogists. I tried the two Facebook account scenario once and it didn't work well for me (learning how to use groups in Facebook properly did, but that's a topic for another blog post). Is what she is doing further segmenting genealogy and genealogists?
Where is our community today and what is the glue that sticks it together? I'm interested in hearing your thoughts on this.