GeneaBloggers Named a Social Media Maverick for 2014

Social Media Mavericks: 40 to Follow

We’re proud to announce that GeneaBloggers has been name one of 40 Social Media Mavericks for 2014 by Family Tree Magazine! We are honored by this recognition and we thank all our followers and supporters who help engage in a vibrant online dialog about genealogy and family history.

In her article in the March/April 2014 issue, Lisa Louise Cooke reviews a variety of social media platforms including Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube. In the past, Family Tree Magazine has produced a “40 Best Genealogy Blogs” article, but this year it has recognized the growing influence of other social media platforms besides blogging with its “mavericks” list.

Congratulations are also in order to all of the “mavericks” mentioned, many of whom are members of GeneaBloggers through their blogs. Please take time to review the article and visit each site and platform.

You can also follow GeneaBloggers on the follow social media platforms:

©2014, copyright Thomas MacEntee

GeneaBloggers On Vacation . . . Down Under

voyager of the seas

Well, in a few hours I fly out of Chicago to Hong Kong on my way to Australia where I’ll start a two-week genealogy speaking tour sponsored by Unlock the Past. With my first appearance in Brisbane on 1 February and ending on 15 February in Perth, I’ll also be one of the featured speakers on the 4th Unlock the Past Cruise from 3-13 February 2014.

Visiting Australia has been on my bucket list FOREVER and I’m excited to meet many new genealogists and my Australian genealogy bloggers whom I’ve met at past RootsTech events. Over the two weeks I’ll be speaking in Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Hobart, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth as well as several lectures on-board Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas.

Fewer Posts at GeneaBloggers

So what does this mean about content here at GeneaBloggers? Well, I’ve tried to pre-post as much as possible and being on a cruise ship means not being “connected” in terms of The Internets.

This means you will see a decrease in activity here and on all our social media properties until I return on 18 February 2014. Check in at our Facebook page for updates on our trip!

©2014, Thomas MacEntee

GeneaBloggers Announces New Comments Policy and Features

Comments at GeneaBloggers

Effective immediately with all new posts, GeneaBloggers is instituting the following changes when it comes to commenting on posts and other content at the site:

  • No anonymous comments allowed. This was not a tough decision. I’m following the lead of Huffington Post which recently changed its policy regarding anonymous comments. Not only will this eliminate spam comments (I hope) but also cut down on the troll factor. My basic belief is that if you are willing to make your opinion known here, then do it as if you would get up and express it at any public venue such as a town hall meeting or a genealogy lecture. We’re trying to build community here. We’re not dealing with sensitive topics that require anonymity out of respect for the safety of the commenter. If you know of any roving band of genealogy “toughs” who track down commenters let me know.
  • New commenting options. Disabling anonymous comments means employing commenting tools which allow commenters to connect with their existing accounts on various platforms. So I’ve decided to use the Comments Evolved for WordPress plugin. Now readers can leave comments via Google Plus, Facebook and the Disqus system.

Finally, please take the time to read The Reason HuffPost Is Ending Anonymous Accounts. I love the reference to the scene in To Kill A Mockingbird!

Your feedback on this new policy and procedure is appreciated – so go ahead and take it for a spin!

©2013, copyright Thomas MacEntee