First, RootsTech has clearly created a buzz in the genealogy industry. On Sunday, I googled "rootstech" and there were 29,600 hits. This morning, I repeated the search and there were 35,400 hits. Right now (3:00 PM EST), there are 37,700 hits. And the amount of chatter on Facebook and Twitter is also remarkable. For RootsTech to be considered a "success", this needs to last for more than a week or so.That's pretty amazing the hits are increasing so fast, but it may just be how Google's crawler is finding and indexing the pages. I know exactly what he means about the duration of excitement though. Gathering large groups of people in one place, with a shared passion, can be intoxicating. But as soon as everyone gets home, and real life hits them on the head, enthusiasm starts to fade.
I'd like to challenge everyone who attended RootsTech 2011 to make a list of the ideas generated by your attendance at the conference and/or whenever you release a new feature/product/service in the next twelve months, be sure to mention that it resulted from a conversation(s) held at the show.I plan on doing exactly that. Some of my ideas pre-date RootsTech, but I've further fleshed them out based on sessions I attended and people I talked with. As I make progress, I'll be sure to post about them here.
It would be interesting if someone at FamilySearch was charged with the task of tracking every new blog (as announced by Thomas MacEntee on Geneabloggers) to see if the blog creator had attended RootsTech 2011. The result would be a very tangible indicator of RootsTech's influence on the blogging sector.Count me among the newly inspired bloggers. I've hemmed and hawed for years about starting my own blog, but one concern or another triggered my natural inclination towards procrastination. I'm committed to posting regularly, and I already have lots of ideas to write about. Later, I'll post my overall review of the conference, then get into the details.