TweepML – Genealogy Companies and People on Twitter


If you are a user of Twitter as well as interested in genealogy and family history, you may know that GeneaBloggers maintains a list of Genealogy Companies and People on Twitter over at gene@pedia.

I just did a major update of that list and please, if I missed you or your company accept my apologies and send me an email so I can add you!  It was rather time consuming and I keep looking for better ways to generate these types of lists.  Well thanks to a new web-based application called TweepML anyone can create lists of Twitter users and then allow others to follow everyone in that list.


Billing itself as “an easy way to create, manage, share and find lists of interesting Twitter users to follow,” TweepML is free and easy-to-use.  In fact, TweepML will let you enter the URL of a website which lists the Twitter IDs and it will extract the IDs and build the list for you!  In fact, that’s how I built these lists:

In addition to producing links, TweepML also provides some neat icons, buttons and badges to trick out your blog or website.  Later today I’ll add them here at GeneaBloggers.

So far my only complaint has been the limitation of 100 tweeps per list.  This is why I’ve had to create two different genealogy people lists: one for those with last names A through L and the other for M through Z.

Other Genealogy-Related TweepML Lists

Check out TweepML if you are a dedicated Twitter user and think about creating lists of tweeps for yourself.  Some ideas:

  • lists for ethnic genealogy such as African-American genealogy or Polish genealogy
  • lists for genealogy libraries and archives
  • lists for genealogists from a specific geographic region such as England or Massachusetts

I would love to set these up but right now it would take quite a bit of research to assign genealogy tweeps to each list.  If someone is willing to create any genealogy-related lists at TweepML, I will gladly feature them here at GeneaBloggers!

Share Groups of Twitter Users in One Click with TweepML (via Mashable)

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What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.

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