December 22, 2014

How To Use WeFollow Wisely Or Not At All

WeFollow example

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. :twisted:

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?

Share Places, Events and Photos With Schmaps

Schmaps example

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?

Follow Friday on iPentimento | Genealogy and History

I’m sure I’ve added to this list since I last posted a link to it, but here is my offering of great genealogists I follow on Twitter and elsewhere.

Webduck’s Twitter List Of Awesome Genealogists

I’d love to add you to this list if you are not already on it!

Thank you to all my RT’ers like:

@NCChemist @maineroots @danamhuff @findagrave @ginisology @toddhouse @hrworth @debhalasz @geneabloggers

100 Great Twitter Feeds for History Geeks | I Am One Of Them

100 Great Twitter Feeds for History Geeks | Online Classes.org: Find the Right Online Class Match.

You know, I don’t know which I love more, genealogy or history.  I think finding your ancestors who participated in history has to be one of the most fulfilling endeavors ever, don’t you?  I don’t mean just finding veterans of the many wars, but family members who emigrated, migrated, farmed, rode thousands of miles in tiny little covered wagons, braved weather and disease, child bearing and looked death in the eye and said, “I am not defeated yet!”.

Those people are my heroes and heroines.  Everyday people who wanted better for their families.  My only regret is that in doing so they also forever changed the lives of the first ones to migrate to the United States.  I can’t change history, and we can hopefully learn from it.

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