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Top 20 Facebook Applications in Science and Medicine

logo_facebook.jpgFacebook is a social networking site with several thousands of applications that you can add to your profile. While some of the biggest stories in the news are about the future of this community site, I thought I should create a collection of useful applications from the field of medicine, science and web 2.0. Enjoy!

Health and Medicine:

  • Medline Publications: List your Medline-listed academic publications on your Facebook profile, and view your friends’ publications as well!


  • Med Tracker: Use Med Tracker to share your ratings of prescription and over the counter drugs.


  • Healia Health Challenge Quiz Game: You can test your health knowledge with this interactive health quiz game. Challenge your friends to see who knows more about health and medicine. You start with being Pre-Med, then you can become Medical Student and maybe, the “Chief of Medicine.”


  • Support the Red Cross: Every day that you click on the Donate button on the Red Cross toolbar, will donate money to the Red Cross. They’ll donate 1$ for every 200 points people submit each day.



  • Mobile Health Coach: It’s a health coach that gives you tips throughout the day on how to live a fuller, happier life.


  • Awareness Ribbons: Now you can wear your ribbons on your Facebook profile! You can choose from 300+ causes and concerns. Ribbons automatically link to Wikipedia so people can learn more about your causes.


  • Quit Smoking: This application helps you give up cigarettes and stop smoking. Set up your own quit smoking program in minutes, give yourself a reward target to spend the money that you’ve saved on and record your daily progress. If you follow the plan provided, you’ll be able to buy yourself that reward on the date indicated.


  • PersonalDNA: A personality test that combines thorough scientific analysis with novel questions and response techniques. Find out which one of the 256 personality types matches you, and get details that go beyond those categories, plus suggestions on how to be different.


  • Be an organ donor: There is always a desperate need for more organ donors. The success of transplants depends on the generosity of donors and their families. Residents of the UK and USA can become donors by filling out a form online.



  • Science Videos: A unique video search engine for science videos where every video is screened and approved based on accuracy and quality by scientists.


  • Family Tree: Build your Family Tree including your relatives both on and off Facebook. Add unlimited generations of all possible ancestors. Upload a photo for each relative or simply use their Facebook profile photo. Display your tree and feature your family and heritage directly on your profile page.


  • OneFamilyTree: Build your family tree online and share it among your friends and relatives. You can upload GEDCOM files, customize the family tree or search for your ancestors.

  • NASA Astro Photo of the Day: Displays the NASA Astro Photo of the Day. A daily display of fantastic astronomical images chosen by the NASA.


  • F@H Protein Researcher: Folding@Home is a computer program designed to aid scientists in medical research by distributing computationally-intensive tasks to home desktops all over the world. Specifically, the Stanford University developers’ goal is “to understand protein folding, misfolding, and related diseases,” and has made progress in understanding diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease.


Web 2.0:

  • Blog RSS Feed Reader: It allows you to add a personal blog or corporate blog RSS Feed to your Facebook profile for your friends to read. It’s a great way to drive traffic to your blog. It works with popular blogging platforms such as Myspace, MSN Live Spaces, WordPress, Blogspot, Typepad, Movable Type, Textpattern and more.


  • My Wikipedia: It allows you to display sections of Wikipedia on your profile page. By default, My Wikipedia displays the daily “Featured Article” from Wikipedia’s main page, but can be customized to display any article of your choosing.


  • Second Life Link: This application integrates Facebook with the most popular Virtual World – Second Life™! You can show your Second Life Avatar to your friends, view online status of your Second Life friends or just share your virtual home and your favourite virtual places with them.


  • StumbleUpon: StumbleUpon is the best tool to discover and share great websites. If you add StumbleUpon to your Facebook profile, you can share your favourite weblinks and you can also Stumble your friends’ Favourites by checking out your What’s New tab.



I hope you enjoyed this selection and please let me know if you happen to know more Facebook applications in the field of medicine or science!

32 Comments Post a comment
  1. Didn’t know about the F@H app. Once I am up and running with F@H on my desktop, will be installing that

    November 7, 2007
  2. Very interesting, helpful and healthful applications…

    I liked quit smoking application… thats coo huh… cos it gonna keep our track up to date… :D

    November 7, 2007
  3. Thanks for the compilation. I was thinking also of trying to do something like this but I have yet to stumble upon useful applications. One that I like is Feedheads . Anything I share on Google Reader is tracked by Feedheads in Facebook and if any of my contacts is also using these I can see what they share. If more people would use this it could serve also to rank top shared science related content (ex. papers).

    November 7, 2007
  4. Wow, thanks for the great tip, Pedro! I’m going to give it a try.

    November 7, 2007
  5. Yep Feedheads is one of my sources for finding things to blog about. Very useful

    November 7, 2007
  6. Very good assortment of some best Medical Appl on Facebook. I quite liked the Quit Smoking, Science Videos Appl, they seem cool :) Facebook carries some unique Appli on Business and Travelling as well. Appl like Conf Calls is best for Corporate Companies to be in touch with members. Who wont mind some health and business tips while they search around for friends. See some of my favourite Facebook App on

    Parul Bindra

    November 8, 2007
  7. Wow, really useful applications, Parul!

    I added some of them immediately to my profile. :)

    November 8, 2007
  8. Anonymous #

    Hi, Bertalan. Great list. However, I wanted to ask about the Red Cross Facebook app. The webpage you linked to said it wasn’t built by Facebook, it was built by some group called FrozenBear ( I looked at their website, and it looks like it’s FrozenBear that will be donating the money, not Facebook. Do you know anything about this company?

    November 8, 2007
  9. You’re absolutely right, thank you for the notice! I made that change.

    Unfortunately, I know nothing about that company or website…

    November 8, 2007
  10. I find Feedheads pretty useless. I don’t share individual items in Google Reader; most of my tags are public by default and I star the stuff that I find interesting. Feedheads (and similar apps) would be a lot better if they imported categories and/or starred items, rather than the shared category.

    November 12, 2007
  11. I’m presently a member of Facebook. May I know what group or any keyword must I enter in order to join you guys?

    November 12, 2007
  12. Just check out these apps or look for groups like Health 2.0 or Bloggers.

    November 12, 2007
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    December 4, 2007
  14. Here is a mood charting application that allows people to track their mood, sleep, and medicine! It also spits out a pdf file. The file contains a complete colored mood chart.

    January 7, 2009
  15. Jeremy #

    Sorry forgot to give the link if you were interested

    January 7, 2009
  16. Very interesting post, very helpful and healthful applications…

    August 26, 2009
  17. Would love to hear more about health apps on FB! It seems that site is not beeing updated. Would be great if you continue to post…

    April 6, 2011
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