Open Thread Thursday: What’s Your RootsTech Strategy?

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This week’s topic for Open Thread Thursday is:

RootsTech, a family history and technology conference, starts on Thursday, February 2, 2012 and runs through Saturday, February 4, 2012.

If you are attending RootsTech, what are your plans to not only participate in sessions and experience the Expo Hall, but to also report on the happening via social media? Will you post to your blog each day or several times a day?  Will you give a recap at the end of RootsTech? Or will you use social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter? And what are your goals in attending RootsTech?

For those “playing at home,” will you be following the live streaming of sessions? Will you be gathering with members of your genealogy society to watch some of the live streams?  Will you be participating in the social media conversation? What do you hope to walk away with from the RootsTech experience?

Post your responses in the comments or at a post on your own genealogy blog and place the link here in the comments.

My RootsTech Strategy

This will be my second RootsTech and my umpteenth large genealogy conference to attend.  I’ve found that I just can’t sit and do much blogging during the event.  Between my own presentations to deliver, meeting other genealogy bloggers and vendors, it just isn’t possible.

I’ll be taking a new and perhaps radical approach towards reporting on RootsTech next week.  I may not even open up my laptop while at the Media Hub in the RootsTech Expo Hall.  So what will I be doing?

One Word: Micro Blogging

With the advent of smart phones and mobile devices, it only makes sense that bloggers use these devices to do what is called micro blogging: broadcasting small snippets of text, video and audio via status updates on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. I encourage all bloggers attending RootsTech to consider the same approach and here’s why . . . so you can take full advantage of the RootsTech experience.

Value the RootsTech Experience

During past conferences I’ve often become frustrated and beat myself up over not being able to report on the event.  I’ve realized that the reason is because of the medium I’ve selected: traditional blogging.  I think with micro blogging, I can not only report on RootsTech but I can avail myself of every opportunity to network with other bloggers and vendors and experience the event to the fullest.

This fits nicely with my abundance model for genealogy, a goal I’ve set for 2012.


This is a great topic for this week’s Open Thread Thursday! And please, if you have a topic you’d like to see discussed among your genealogy blogging colleagues, please contact us and we’ll take it under consideration.

©2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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About Thomas MacEntee

What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.


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