Chapter 6

Talk to Me: Twitter, Skype, IM, and Google

At times, you might want to talk to a fellow genealogist to resolve problems you’re encountering in your research. The online world can help you there too, with more ways than you can shake a stick at. Twitter, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and video chat programs, and instant messaging can all help you make personal connections with other genealogists.

When you send messages, pictures, and videos to a public online site such as Twitter, that has been called “microblogging”—a web blog in tiny snippets. When you exchange voice, video, or text messages with just one person, that comes under the blanket of instant messaging.


Twitter has become a phenomenon as well as an Internet ...

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