October 20, 2017

8 Places To Share Your Social Profile


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Let’s Get Social!

Depending on your intent, you might want to add your social profile to any or all of these sites. Some are well known, but if you’re just getting started online these links will make it easy for you to get your social presence “out there” initially. This is a random list and not presented by any personal preference.

Write Your Profile First!

 Write your profile first and keep it in a file on your computer for quick access so you can upload it with just a few keystrokes. You might want to add a paragraph for inclusion to personalize it for the site, or type of site, to which you are uploading it. What you upload to Facebook might not quite be the same as what you would like someone on a photo type site to know about you.

Facebook – Almost everyone online has a Facebook profile. I would caution that you only include just the information you are most comfortable in sharing with the whole world. As an added help, you might want to use Social Fixer to whichever browser you are using.

Twitter – If you are planning to just have a social presence on Twitter, there is probably not much need to have more than one account. If you want to keep your business and social lives separate though, then I would suggest at least two accounts. The way to have two accounts is simple, just create each one with a different email account that you own.

LinkedIn – Whether you are in business or not, LinkedIn is an excellent site in which to make like-minded friends and have the ability to gain authority and a trusted social presence through joining specific interest groups and/or giving and receiving endorsements.

About.me – About.me has the ability to put all of your online presences in one location via badges for the other sites I’m listing. Kind of a central hub for your fans.

Google+ – If you have a blog, it’s great to have Google know that, and one of the best ways is through Google Authorship.

YouTube – Are you doing webinars, lectures, etc., or creating fun videos you would like to share? Having your profile on YouTube will make it so people can find them by looking for your ‘handle’, name, interest or topic.

Instagram – Wild about sharing your photos with the world? Adding Instagram to your smart device, or sharing through an account on your PC is also a way to catch and keep your reader’s interests. They can subscribe to your account and get updates as they choose.

Flickr – Flickr is another photo sharing site that can be used as a free member with limited uploads, or as a paid member for more flexibility. As a site that hosts your photos it’s good in that you can easily access all of them. The downside (to me) is that putting them all in one place online is like putting all your eggs in one basket. If their website goes down for any reason you are left with no way to get a photo you want. Personally, I have my photos in several places, but that’s just my personal preference.



The Flickr and Library of Congress Experiment

Genealogical research has taken some tough blows in the last few years, with the National Archives raising their fees to obtain records that rightfully belong to all of us, to county courthouses completely refusing to allow access to their records at all.

So, it was a nice surprise to read today on Flickr that they are teaming up with the Library of Congress with a new service to give you (the public) a small taste of the very large holdings the LOC holds. You may not be aware of it, but the Library of Congress has over 1 million images that they make available on their site, and have done so for the last ten years.

This new collaboration with Flickr is titled The Commons, and it gives the public an opportunity to tag or label the photographs seen in each collection. Not only are you able to see photos you might not otherwise see, but you get to contribute your reactions to them, which in turn makes it easier for all of us to find them. Keep in mind too, that it is entirely possible that you might find a photo of someone in your ancestry and that by adding a tag and/or a comment you help preserve our United States history a little more accurately.

Truck load of ponderosa pine, Edward Hines Lumber Co. operations in Malheur National Forest, Grant County, Oregon (LOC)

Personally, I think this is a wonderful collaboration, and I hope that all of you will agree. In doing my own research for my William Livingston Holmes biography project, I found a previously undiscovered set of drawings of Mr. Holmes house that he built in early Oregon City, Oregon. They were in the American Memory collection on the LOC site and added one more clue to his personality when I read in the notes that he built the home as a replica of the one he lived in as a boy in Tennessee.

Thanks very much too to Read Write Web for their post about this collaboration.


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