I spent some time yesterday getting to know Google+. In case you haven’t heard of it, it’s the new Google Social Network. It’s like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and others.
I created a couple of Circles including one for Genealogy Friends. Then I decided to put it to use.
I had a problem reading a census page. The occupation for one family member had numbers written over the top of it. The first word looked like “own” but the rest was unreadable.
I enlarged the page, then cropped out the undecipherable portion. I uploaded it as a photo and made it visible to my Genealogy Friends Circle. It wasn’t long before a couple of people commented on what the words my be. Randy at Genea-Musings figure out that it says “own income”. Once he suggested it, I could see that that was what it was!
This is a good example of how one might use Circles. I was able to get assistance from other genealogist, and fairly quickly. We all know that it’s good to get a second pair of eyes to look over documents from time to time. What’s great is I was able to ask those friends who would be interested, but I didn’t have to bother the rest of my friends and family who are usually yawning by the time I say “I found this working on my family tree…”
If you are using Google+, have you found any uses for the Circles? What do you think of this new addition to the social networking world?