Earlier this week @ASHPOfficial tweeted â€œWhere should pharmacists draw the line at social networking? Protect your professional reputation and get tips for safety and privacy in the Summer issue of ASHP InterSections.â€Â The tweet included a link that took me to Facebook where I found another link to an article in ASHP Intersections Summer 2010 about pharmacy and social media; nothing unusual about that. Iâ€™ve read the article before and it contains some pretty good information. With that said, I did find it odd that ASHP was pointing pharmacists toward Facebook to retrieveÂ professional information. It got me thinking about Facebook and where the professional line-in-the-sand between professional and personal social media should be drawn forÂ pharmacists.
Definition confusion with Health 2.0 and Medicine 2.0
The Journal of Medical Internet Research has a very interesting article on the definitions of Heath 2.0 and Medicine 2.0 found in the scientific literature. Take a look at thisÂ table showing the various definitions for each. Wow, I wonder if a universally accepted definition will ever be developed and if so who’s going to be … Read more
A little Saturday morning fun with Wordle
Wordle is a neat little online application that allows you to make word clouds. All you do is enter a bunch of words or the URL to your favorite site and boom, you get a fancy word cloud to call your own. Â The word clouds change every time you do it, but every once in a while you get a keeper. I just think it’s cool.
Nice look at Web 2.0 and pharmacy in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
Am J Pharm Educ. 2009;73(7):1-11: “One positive aspect of Web 2.0 applications is that they create a participatory architecture for supporting communities of learners. Unlike learning management systems (which are closed systems) and static Web pages (which are singular-owned), blogs, wikis, and social bookmarking sites are open to learners from multiple schools and facilitate collaboration … Read more
Twitter vs. RSS Reader … who cares.
Iâ€™ve been following an interesting debate about the benefits of Twitter versus RSS readers like Google Reader. The debate started with a question posed by Robert Scoble on friendfeed and spilled over into several blogs; siliconANGLE, louisgray.com, Scobleizer and Newsome.Org.
I love reading stuff like this because you can see the passion that everyone has for their little corner of the technology world. Itâ€™s even more interesting when you consider that itâ€™s a completely personal choice. Boxers or briefs, who gives a crap as long as youâ€™re comfortable.
Pharmacy students may be a little too transparent with their social media
A study in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education (Vol: 73, Issue 06, Article: 104) took a look at issues related to Facebook usage, accountability, privacy, online image and e-professionalism among students entering pharmacy school
The study was conducted via a questionnaire consisting of 21 questions administered to 299 incoming pharmacy students. Of the 299 students surveyed, 244 (88%) had an existing Facebook profile. The average daily time spent of Facebook was approximately 22 minutes.
All roads lead to Rome, errâ€¦.I mean Twitter.
Until the next big thing comes along Twitter is king. Thatâ€™s why I found this Tweet from Robert Scoble so interesting. The Tweet itself simply let me to a blog article written by Louis Gray. The blog discusses two distinctly different approaches to sharing information; Louis Grayâ€™s approach versus Robert Scoble.
Louis utilizes Google Reader to collect and sort various RSS feeds. Any story, blog, article, etc. that he finds interesting get pushed to Twitter via the share feature in Google Reader (see the graphical representation at Louis’ site).
In the other corner you have Robert â€œusing not RSS, but Twitter, to share the best of the technology Web as it streams on his screen.â€ Robert appears to be making extensive use of his Twitter Favorites.
Are e-patients better informed or just harder to treat?
I found an interesting article at EHR Bloggers that talks about the possibility of easy access to information via the internet resulting in difficult-to-treat patients and higher healthcare costs. The concern raised in the NPR article describes the effect of information dissemination without context or interpretation â€“ it happens anyway, with direct-to-consumer advertising in all … Read more
A great argument for being allowed to browse however you want
Slate.com: â€œThe restrictions infantilize workersâ€”they foster resentment, reduce morale, lock people into inefficient routines, and, worst of all, they kill our incentives to work productively. In the information age, most companies’ success depends entirely on the creativity and drive of their workers. IT restrictions are corrosive to that creativityâ€”they keep everyone under the thumb of … Read more
Keeping up while on the information superhighway
Web 2.0 has certainly created an information revolution. I used to rely solely on journal articles to keep me up to date. Now I rely on an internet connection. Unfortunately, this creates a situation where information arrives faster than I can digest it, and if you’re not careful you can drown in the excess and end up not learning a thing.