DNA Project Communication Methods Comparison

Communication method

Examples Pros Cons
Blogs Berry
Italy
Free
Easy WYSIWYG Templates
Limited to the format provided
Some have advertising
FTDNA Bulk E-mail N/A Free for admins
BCC: to participants
ALL members receive e-mails
Two-way method of communicating
Limited to FTDNA clients only
Participants change e-mail addresses
Forum - FTDNA E3b Free Not publicly accessible
Req. name & password
Members have to voluntarily visit
Forum - Worldfamilies Terry Free
No advertising
Req. user name & password
Members have to voluntarily visit
Forum - Y-Base Mexico Free Req. user name & password
Members have to voluntarily visit
Line leaders
Description: People designated to communicate with their family group.
Barton Sharing the workload
Increased interest in the DNA project
Line leader may become disinterested
Google docs   Free
File sharing
collaboration
No polls
Advertising
Req. user name & password
Groups - Google Azores Free
Mailing List
Public promotional tools
No polls
Advertising
SPAM
Req. user name & password (except subbing by mail mode)
Groups - MSN Bolt Free
Photo album
Mailing list
No SPAM
Group is automatically scheduled for deletion if no activity for 90 days
Req. user name & password (except when using e-mail)
Groups - Yahoo Irish-DNA Free
Photo album
Polls
Mailing list
File sharing
Personalized footer
Calendar
Can be made a private site
Messages may bounce with no notification
Advertising
Banner ads
SPAM & Spammers
Req. user name & password (except subbing by mail mode)
Mailing list - Rootsweb Index Free
Mailing list
Publicly searchable archives
Personalized footer
NO commercialism allowed by AUP (Acceptable Use Policy) - i.e. DNA project pricing.
Some lists Rootsweb will refuse to set up
Rootsweb may be slow to set up the list
Advertising
MyFamily.com Amerindian Photo album
polls
File sharing
Calendar
Private site
Fee-based
Advertising
Req. user name & password

MySpace.com

Pike

Free
Popular site - increased internet coverage

SPAM
Req. name & password to post

Newsletter   Archivable  
Personal e-mails N/A BCC: to participants Two-way method of communicating
Might be interpreted as SPAM
People change e-mail addresses
Websites - Free - Rootsweb Kinney Free
Artistic & content freedom
Advertising
Limited group communication
Low website ranking on search engines
Websites - Free - FTDNA Eckersley Free
Easy to use cookie-cutter website
For FTDNA Admins only
Limited artistic freedom
Websites - Free - Worldfamilies Phillips Free
Easy to use cookie-cutter website
For FTDNA Admins only
Limited artistic freedom
Unable to edit header/footer
Websites - Paid Williams Artistic and content freedom
No advertising
Fee
Limited group communication
We Relate Wiki Trout Free
Collaboration
Advertising
PBWiki Hurlbut Free
Optional mailing list
File-sharing
Collaboration
Editing controls
No polls
Advertising
Some are complex to set up
Editing controls

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