The Archaeologist has the unfortunate social-media habit of being a person who enters the room, looks around, says, “What? Nobody’s here. Let’s hit the 7-Eleven for slushies!” …. and leaves before the party gets started.
I think it’s called being an Early Abandoner.
Honestly, this has been going on forever, so forever, it’s embarrassing. Once upon a time, my tech-nerd friends were telling me how cool dial-up BBS-es were. Somewhat (ahem) later, it was: “Facebook. SO cool. Join it!” I did, but nobody else I knew was there, so I never logged in again until two years later, when all my friends wanted to know why I wasn’t on Facebook.
Pinterest: Same story. I got on there, and used it for a few months it to file fabric swatches related to a kitchen-design project, and then I got bored and left for a slushie.
I had no idea the genealogists were there, too. I could have done a snack run for them.
Now there is so much genealogy on Pinterest, and it’s presented in such a fun way. I feel a bit guilty promoting yet another day-to-day time vampire, but I cannot lie: Check it out, if you haven’t already.
Some examples from just a quick Pinterest browse today:
Anatomy of A Social Security Number (at blog.genealogists.com — what those digits REALLY mean)
Seven Reasons You Are Not Finding Your Ancestor (Robin Foster — common-sense research tips)
Don’t throw the baby (or the paper) out with the bathwater (Lauren Mathieu — a spirited and sensible defense of paper-based recordkeeping)
Genealogy Organization and Planning (a board curated by Mary Czarney McNair that is full of interesting ideas)
Oh, and I’m there too. Again. See you around.