These past couple of months I have had lots of questions about what social media has to do with family history and genealogy. Most people can name several social media platforms but don’t recognize that there are hundreds and hundreds of Social Media platforms. In the broadest sense of the definition, social media is any platform that offers interaction with other users through comments, replies and even revision. A couple you may not have thought of as social media are YouTube and Wikipedia. Most of us think of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and blogs.
In this realm of social media, Facebook is the #1 platform in the world right now. According to their stats, over 2 billion users sign on to Facebook monthly and over 1 billion check in daily. Facebook is so much more than simply a place to chat with people. With that kind of visibility we need to think about how we can use Facebook as more than a news feed for updates on friends. We can ask ourselves how can I use this to go beyond the usual and ordinary. One way is to use Facebook as a search engine.