Great question Joe! We're currently working to add social sharing buttons to each page on the site so that you can more easily share via Twitter, Facebook and other outlets. You can find the ticket describing the feature for our developers here. You can add details of how you might like that feature to work on that ticket if you have a Github account or share them here for the Community Managers to add.
In the meantime, perhaps the best thing would be to copy and paste the url of interesting pages you've transcribed or reviewed to a word or google document or similar, so that you can share the links with family and friends, as well as posting online. When you are in the transcription page, just grab the link from the browser. If you're comfortable, I encourage you to share the interesting things you find here in History Hub as well so that your fellow volunteers and Community Managers can enjoy and learn from them as well!
We'll definitely keep trying to improve our functionality, as we know how important it is and are happy to hear of any features you think would improve the volunteer experience. Thanks to you and your family and friends for taking part!
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Thank you Victoria for your very prompt and helpful answer! It sounds like you are already thinking about incorporating these features, which is really fantastic.
My original thought was to save the profile page and write my own parser to extract the links and storing them where we might be able to share them in the family. This might work for now, but your current plans sound much better.
To give you an example of the features I've been thinking of, here's an example of something that came up today:
A three page letter came up in my queue (https://www.loc.gov/resource/mal.0349200/?sp=1) which I worked through and submitted for review. The handwriting in This particular letter was somewhat difficult to interpret, so I opened a separate browser window to run a few Internet searches for the letter writer to see if I could get some context that might help. While this didn't eliminate all the difficulties associated with the handwriting, it did introduce me to a gentleman from the 1860's that I'd never heard of and it did help provide the missing context.
Based on the context, I now know that the author of this letter (William D. Kelly) was well known to Abraham Lincoln, was an Abolitionist Republican Congressman and played a part in starting the Republican Party back then. With apologies for the long winded explanation, I've included it because it shows a few things I'd like to be able to do:
- keyword searches from the text as I try to translate
- save LOC content and related links elsewhere where we can get back to it when necessary
- share the new information with my friends and family
Anyway, thanks again for the note. I will try to follow up on the Github site and keep thinking about this.
This is great feedback, Joe. Thanks for taking the time to type it up. And I second Victoria's suggestion to weigh in on Github if you have can!
Thanks so much Joe! You anticipate us again. We're working to add search functionality to the site in the next few months. It's on our product road map in Github. In rereading your original comment and the follow up, I was struck that sharing on History Hub would be a nice way of opening out the friends and family discussion to a wider community--if you want to. We hope that people will find opportunities to share and discuss here. I think that ties in well with the additional research you've done to provide context. I'm sure others would find that kind of thing enormously valuable, and as you say, some individuals will come up repeatedly in the Campaigns, so if you've managed to find something out about a letter writer or a historical event, it's worth sharing it if you have time.
Thanks again for your thoughtful questions and suggestions.