Back in June of 2011 I wrote a similar post and noted that I had 299 friends. It is not often that I might request a friend contact, but these usually come about in reading a post from someone who we know in common. My young son took me off his friend list for a while, needing to be a free young adult, but recently added me back again.
My Facebook page is connected to my blog "Gopher Genealogy" and some contacts have originated from those readers. Back in August of 2011 my blog began to have over 1,000 views a month. This number has been consistent for the past two years, fluctuating this year from 1,155 to 1,764 per month. As I took some time off this summer it was gratifying to have readers express that they missed the blog posts. The followers have grown from 41 to 68, not a large growth, but consistent support.
Geneabloggers, where this blog is included, has grown from 1,900 blogs to almost 3,000. Genealogists like to write and have much to write about. Many of us are writing to keep a record of the work that we are doing, while others write to share knowledge and skills. Sharing our blogs through Facebook, Geneabloggers and Networked blogs is important in reaching out to potential readers. The comments received from readers are generally positive and understanding.
In the previous post I included the following list of favorite Facebook pages. The list has grown greatly over time, but I am maintaining the original to show the changes of these websites in the past two years.
BCG - 8 likes, with 1 of my friends; in 2013 117 members, with 20 of my friends.
The most impressive growth is with FamilySearch and is probably due to their increased focus with developing groups on Facebook. Who Do You Think You Are almost doubled its likes. Networked blogs is hard to determine as users is probably not comparable to likes. For my friends, we connect most on Geneamusings being the top and that followed by Cyndislist, FamilySearch, Who Do You Think You Are, and National Genealogical Society in the top five.
There are those who will not use Facebook, but in doing so they are missing the opportunity to make important genealogy contacts. In our busy world it is wonderful to have a tool where we can ask questions and share knowledge while doing genealogy research. It is also a great contact tool for communicating with our families and friends to share bits of their lives.
How and where do you connect with your friends on Facebook?
P.S. I thought I should add ancestry.com as they have some impressive stats: 652,596 likes, 22,788 talking, 207 of my friends.