Monday, March 30, 2009

'Physicians and the Power of Online Social Networks: Tweets, Blogs, and More'

What are You Doing May 1?
Physicians who blog, Twitter, or Facebook with their colleagues or patients are invited to attend one of two special sessions on communicating with patients on Friday, May 1, at TexMed 2009. Pediatrician Bryan Vartabedian, MD, of The Woodlands, who blogs on parenting and child health, and Steve Levine, TMA's vice president of communications, will make the presentations.

Social Networking on TMA Web Site

Social Networking on TMA Web Site
Join TMA Online Communities and exchange ideas, learn best practices, and develop a new practice management resource. You will find a five-minute tutorial on the sign-in page to get you started.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Dunbar's Number

The Numbers Guy - WSJ.com

I've heard Dunbar's number mentioned several times, but this old (gosh, is 2007 "old"?) Wall Street Journal article tells us all about it. Thanks to blogger, and Austinite, Connie Reece for pointing it out again today.

Is there a numerical cap on how many friends we can have?

As users of Facebook, MySpace and other social-networking sites pile up hundreds, even thousands, of 'friends,' several commentators and news articles have cautioned that there is a natural limit to a friendship circle. They typically cite the so-called Dunbar's number, 150, as a ceiling on our personal contacts. This limit was derived by extrapolating from social groups in nonhuman primates and then crediting people with greater capacity because of our larger neocortex, the part of the brain used for conscious thought and language.

Twitter in Plain English - Cool animation explanation

Number of US Facebook Users Over 35 Nearly Doubles in Last 60 Days

Number of US Facebook Users Over 35 Nearly Doubles in Last 60 Days

Don’t look now, but the number of Americans over 35, 45, and 55 on Facebook is growing fast. In the last 60 days alone, the number of people over 35 has nearly doubled. Developers and marketers may want to think about how to serve this group of new users.


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Facebook Now Growing By Over 700,000 Users A Day

Facebook Now Growing By Over 700,000 Users A Day

Facebook’s growth does not appear to be slowing by any means. Appearing for an interview on the Today show in a bold red tie earlier today, Mark Zuckerberg told Matt Lauer that the site is growing by more than 5 million users a week globally and more than one million a week in the United States. This is unprecedented growth for the social network which now attracts over 10 percent of the global internet population to its site.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Social Networks: Facebook Takes Over Top Spot, Twitter Climbs

Social Networks: Facebook Takes Over Top Spot, Twitter Climbs

Some key metrics in the health of a social network revolve around the activity of the user base – visits per unique visitor and time on site. While Facebook has excelled in both areas, MySpace has remained flat or fallen off, with new hot property Twitter climbing the ranks.




ADDED: Check out this list of the Top 20 Social Web Sites from Ranking.com

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Nielsen: Social Networks Bigger than E-mail

Global Faces and Networked Places: A Nielsen report on Social Networking’s New Global Footprint

Social networks/blogs now 4th most popular online category – ahead of personal e-mail.

These sites account for one in every 11 minutes online.

Facebook has the highest average time per visitor amongst the 75 most popular brands online worldwide

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Tweetdeck vs. Twhirl

Tweetdeck vs. Twhirl SMUG - Social Media University, Global
Tweetdeck and Twhirl are desktop applications for your computer that help you manage your interactions with Twitter to be more effective and efficient. Nine months ago, Chris Miller compared the two and though Twhirl was better. In this post I’m not attempting an exhaustive comparison, but just hopefully giving you a taste of what you can do, so you will be encouraged to explore the benefits of each for yourself.

Facebook's New Public Profile Pages: Good News for Nonprofits

Wild Apricot Blog : Facebook's New Public Profile Pages: Good News for Nonprofits

FYI: TMA is working to convert our old group page to the new format.
Facebook just got a lot more friendly for nonprofits with the announcement of Public Profile Pages. This means nonprofits now be able to 'share all types of content with an unlimited number of users' and Facebook users will be able to comment on the posted content, just as they would on the personal profile page of any Facebook friend.

47 Awesome Twitter Tools You Should be Using

47 Awesome Twitter Tools You Should be Using deontée.com
As the volume of users rise, so does the number of third party sites, tools, and services that all serve to make Twitter more dynamic, meaningful, and useful.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Blog: Case Reports and HIPAA Rules

Clinical Cases and Images - Blog: Case Reports and HIPAA Rules

Might be a source of useful advice for member physicians who want to blog about their clinical experiences

Imagine this scenario:

You are a medical blogger (doctor, nurse, student) and just saw a very interesting patient. You would like to describe the patient as a clinical case on your blog, in order to share it with other health care professionals (some non-medical readers may visit your blog as well).

Question:

Is this case report allowed under HIPAA regulations?

Answer:

Yes, if you observe certain rules.


Also, just ran across this Healthcare Blogger Code of Ethics. Haven't checked it out too deeply yet.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Facebook Pages Get a Major Upgrade

Facebook Pages Get a Major Upgrade SMUG - Social Media University, Global:
Facebook’s Pages program for businesses and other organizations got a major upgrade this afternoon with the implementation of changes that make pages much more like a personal profile. In fact, I think they are now calling pages “Public Profiles.”

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Secret Groups as Your Free Small Business Intranet

Facebook 201: Secret Groups as Your Free Small Business Intranet SMUG - Social Media University, Global
Here are the three steps to creating your free small business intranet, assuming you have already created your Facebook account. (You have done that, haven’t you?)

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