Social media is a great way to keep up to date with what is happening in the world of family history. People that have heard me talk, know that I encourage people to make good use of social media tools, such as Facebook, Twitter, and blogging.
All are good ways of sharing information. Blogging in particular is fabulous way of sharing your research stories. Its also invaluable for learning from people who have more experience than you - or who have different experiences to you.
Often people share interesting websites, web pages and blogs via Twitter or Facebook, so I always keep a look out for any links that are posted to add to my own knowledge.
I'm always interested in adding to my blog reading list, so I clicked the link that they were discussing to see what blogs of interest I could pick up.
I was thrilled to see Kintalk blog was listed as the New Zealand representative!
This was the second month that Kintalk had been listed in a magazine:- Australian/New Zealand magazine Inside History, had rated Kintalk a mention in their May issue.
People find such blogs via Google (or another search engine) or because they've noticed it on the a website such as our library website. Or they hear about it by word of mouth or "on the grapevine."
Twitter is the modern day version of "the grapevine". You chat with others via 140 character quick burst, post interesting links to share.
So have a look at both lists 40 top international genealogy blogs as posted by US Family Tree magazine, and the top 50 genealogy blogs as posted by Inside History magazine, and see what other blogs you can learn from. You'll see we are in really good company!
Take a note too, of the lefthand side of our page, at the "Blogs We Like" links and see what blogs we like to read on a regular basis in our Research Centre.
Don't forget you can follow Kintalk on Facebook by searching for the Auckland Research Centre, or clicking the Facebook button on the page - and/or you can follow @Kintalk on Twitter.