For example, I know that StackExchanged has a G+ page, will Genealogy.SE be able to have its own Google Plus or Facebook page/group?


You can create pages and groups, but you'd need to be aware of the Stack Exchange Trademark Guidance.

One of the community managers asked me to remove a logo I had on a Facebook page, since it would violate the terms. Also, you should make it clear that the social media page isn't affiliated with Stack Exchange and belongs to you.

On thing I noticed: It wasn't all that helpful. Someone asked me why I created a Facebook page and tried to drive traffic to it when the goal was to build the Stack Exchange site. It's probably more helpful to find interesting questions that you know others would be interested in, and then tweet or post them using your personal social media account instead.

I generally follow people on Stack Exchange who post their Twitter info in their profile, so that's a good way to network with folks here and be able to share posts here with a much wider audience. Every post has a "share" link below it to help you access the social media tools quickly. We should use them so we don't lose them. :)

Lastly, I know every site does get it's own automated Twitter account, but at the moment, it's just automated. (There was a proposal to grant community control, but I'm not sure the status)

Gene, I think you're more likely to get loads of followers and attention with your personal Twitter account than the SE Twitter accounts will get. Unlike us, they're not real people, and they just occasionally spam anyone who follows them with links. The people who will really be able to help this site grow via social media are the speakers, authors, bloggers, people in the public eye. For instance, when SE's CEO or former CTO -- both avid bloggers -- tweet questions, they get a ton of views.

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    Maybe the short answer is, Yes, but we are likely to engage more of the community if folks tweet or otherwise post to social media that Q&A in which they themselves have an interest.
    – GeneJ
    Oct 17 '12 at 1:43
  • @GeneJ, absolutely :) You summed that up very well. Plus, if you're a big name in the field, your tweets will likely have a larger impact than an automated bot's tweets will.
    – jmort253
    Oct 18 '12 at 0:09
  • +1 - whilst a Twitter feed may prove a route to attract new peeps (via followers and RTs), I really can't see the benefit of a G+ or FB page.
    – Andrew
    Oct 25 '12 at 10:53

I would imagine so, unless you can think of something keeping that from happening.

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