July 30, 2015

How To Use WeFollow Wisely Or Not At All

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It’s a sad tale, but sometimes I get in a hurry and forget some good blogging practices like read the fine print.  That’s what happened to me yesterday and thankfully my Twitter friend @FindAGrave called my attention to the fact that when I gave permission to WeFollow to access my Twitter account I also clicked both checkboxes, one of which gave WeFollow permission to change my Twitter profile site address to a WeFollow website link instead.

Now that I think about it, I’ve seen this on other people’s Twitter accounts too. When I click on their weblink it takes me to WeFollow instead. OK, I don’t want to be redundant here, so here’s what you need to check:

  • Click on your Twitter Account > Click on Profile > Look down the list below your photo, etc. and check to see if your Web is your blog address or Website.  (Twitter will NOT let you change your web address in your profile until you do one more thing. )

  • If it isn’t, then scroll back up and click on Connections. In that list is all the websites who have permission to connect to your Twitter profile (I think it’s listed by when you gave the permission.)  If one of them is WeFollow you need to click on REVOKE ACCESS.

What I had to do was just that, and then go back into WeFollow and sign up again with my Twitter account name (this isn’t mandatory, just something I wanted to do) but this time, I made sure not to check the box allowing them to change my website/blog address.  As I have read, this used to be an automatically checked box by WeFollow, but now it’s not.  They must have gotten some angry flame mail. 😈

Don’t give away your site’s link juice.  Why promote someone else’s site and pump up their page rank instead of your own?

Two Genealogy Tips On Tuesday

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The title sounds catchy, but if I come up with more than two, I’m not changing it!

Fill Our Your Profiles!

Here’s the first one:  Fill out your profiles on sites such as Ancestry.  It doesn’t take that long to type in your name, add a profile photo, etc.  I am currently exchanging messages with a very nice lady who is probably a cousin, her name sounds familiar, but she has not yet filled out that profile so I’m left scratching my head and wondering how I connect. Which leads me to tip number two.

The Home Person In Your Family Tree – Shouldn’t It Be You?

On Ancestry, if you have uploaded a GEDCOM (privatized, of course) you have the option of making yourself the home person.  This just makes sense since you’re the one who uploaded the file and will be sharing it with the world.  People would like to know who the owner is and this is another easy thing to do.

I’ve said it many times before, but I’ll say it again: Genealogical research is all about connecting. Connecting with people, connecting your family trees, and even connecting your profiles. I don’t know how long it’s taken me, but I always take the time to connect my social networking sites to one another.  When I sign up for a new site I take the time to add them.  Genealogy isn’t for hermits, is it?

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Meme:Trading Cards For The Ages

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Meet Me on Meet Meme!

Want my autograph? How about my business card? Better yet, you might want one of my new Meet Meme cards, right?

Aren’t these cool? I first saw them in a blog post by Thomas MacEntee when he received his from Meet Meme. You can see them on his Destination: Austin Family blog, and also find out his intended purposes for the cards.

I don’t go to a lot of genealogy themed functions like Thomas does, so I will distribute mine through the mail to family, or others as requested.

There are several color combinations of Meet Meme cards to choose from, with the option to have them all one color or a choice of three in the set.  Blue, lime and orange are one of the choices.

Where To Get Your Own Meet-Meme Cards

My order took no time at all to arrive and I was very pleased with the results.  I ordered 25 cards which were very reasonably priced, and opted for all one color as you can see in the photo.  (My photo doesn’t really do them justice, so I suggest you visit the site and see them there.)  When I ordered I was asked to include my name, address (for delivery), social networking sites (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.) I use (which includes how many followers I have) and other various details like a photo of me, and my blog address. My card also has a short bio, my “special powers” :) and a quotation I like. One last thing. they will store your information so that you can easily and quickly order your next set from the site. Don’t worry, you can adjust your card colors if you like.

Here’s the Code for access to Meet-Meme.com: c940273d  Have fun!

Share Places, Events and Photos With Schmaps

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Schmaps and Schnaps

How would you like a very easy way to alert bunches of people when your group or business is having an event? And, even better, tell them exactly where it is with a map and photos if you like.  I’m trying out a new Twitter/Facebook application called Schmaps, and have just added some local addresses as my first foray into the Schmaps and Schnaps world.

As you probably have surmised, the concept behind Schmaps (maps)  and Schnaps (snapshots) is to connect a location to a map, and add an address to the location if you have one.  You can use one of your Flickr photos, or upload one from your computer.  (I would caution you to use only your own photos, but I admit the one I used for the map above I “nabbed” from their website.) :)  Even if you don’t have an address for a location like a business, Schmaps has a good search engine that many times will find it and add it to your map.

Several of my genealogy friends spend a lot of time on the road giving presentations and attending  jamborees, expositions and seminars.  As an early adopter of the application I was able to upgrade to the $60/mo Pro version for 6 months. It looks like they have over 800 free Pro accounts yet to give away if you’re interested in trying out the application.

Schmaps keeps a list of my uploads and allows me to retweet them if I choose to do so.  I can also choose to put the tweets on a schedule if I like.  Clicking one button also allows me to connect Facebook with Schmaps to further spread the word about a location or event.

I would really like to see the genealogy community at large adopt this application and use it for promotion and updates about events at geographical locations.  Genealogical societies, are you taking note?

If you absolutely love a business, why not give them a little boost in advertising like I did, and put them on the map with Schmaps?

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