Thursday, March 13, 2014

FGS Collaboration with #Genchat Spotlights Twitter

#GenChat - The Power of Community
As co-creator (along with Terri O'Connell and Stephanie Pitcher Fishman) and host of #genchat on Twitter, Jen Baldwin of Ancestral Journeys, and the Federation of Genealogical Societies, (FGS), are pleased to announce a collaboration for 2014. Based on her experience hosting the chats in 2013, Baldwin found that organizations, societies and archives can benefit greatly from the exposure on Twitter and other social media platforms. However, the refined topic matter and designated time frame of #genchat make it easier than ever to utilize this tool in the genealogy community.

The partnership, which is set to extend the duration of 2014, will include a complimentary webinar on how to use Twitter, a special session of #genchat live from the FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio, focused articles regarding the use of Twitter, and more.

Jen Baldwin states, “it is my belief that although some societies are struggling to adapt to new tools and resources, especially to the vibrant world of social media, they will eventually adapt. It is the role of those of us who are proficient in their use to engage our society leaders, to educate and prepare, and to guide them through any necessary change.” Furthermore, “#genchat really is an ideal concept for societies to gain attention and followers on Twitter. The conversational tone of the chats allows for free-flowing input and gives organizations a chance to showcase their collections and member benefits.”

Melissa Shimkus, FGS Education Chair, declares “The Federation of Genealogical Societies is excited to provide the tools that allow societies to continue to learn and grow; and believe that Jen Baldwin and #genchat are great partners in FGS’s mission to link the genealogical community.” FGS is pleased to announce that Jen Baldwin will be presenting the next FGS webinar, “Capturing the Community: Using Twitter to Connect, Engage and Educate in Genealogy,” on Monday, March 31st. More details on the upcoming webinar and what is to come in 2014 will be released soon.

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