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Blog Carnivals or Microblogging?

I’ve been the manager of two blog carnivals for almost 2 years now. Gene Genie is about clinical genetics and personalized medicine; while Medicine 2.0 focuses on web 2.0’s impact on medical education and healthcare. It’s extremely hard to find hosts for the editions and to send them enough quality submissions in time.

So I decided to start something different. I beleive Gene Genie still should be a real blog carnival, but Medicine 2.0 should become something innovative. While the pre-scheduled editions will be hosted, I will simultaneously launch a new platform where I can share all the important and interesting posts focusing on medicine 2.0 and health 2.0 with you by using a microblogging service.


  • The whole process becomes much faster and more efficient.
  • I don’t need hosts; there are no deadlines.


  • Only those who use that specific microblogging service will see the shared items.

There are two possible solutions:

Any suggestion?

12 Comments Post a comment
  1. Great idea Berci! Is it possible to do both? Pipe the RSS feed from the Microcarnival into the FriendFeed room? The FriendFeed Comments WP plugin would allow you to display comments made on FF on the Microcarnival.

    July 22, 2008
  2. What Walter said: great idea, and it seems you can do both with minimal extra effort — which eliminates the only “con”.

    July 22, 2008
  3. A FriendFeed room would be great place to discuss Medicine 2.0.

    July 23, 2008
  4. Why don’t you just go ahead and publish all up coming editions on the same Medicine 2.0 carnival blog that is already up and running.


    With carnivals the idea is to get the word out to as many people and audiences as possible. If you choose to stop the carnival in its original fashion, you will lose that extra point.

    July 23, 2008
  5. Interesting concept – I am looking forward to seeing how you do it and how it works out. The community building aspect is the most important (people have to get something out of participating, in addition to finding and meeting each other), but there is also an archival aspect: a carnival edition is a snapshot in time of what the blogosphere is saying on a topic, filtering out the rest of crap we post on our blogs in-between serious posts.

    July 26, 2008
  6. tweetmedicine #

    Hi All,
    TweetMedicine is a 2 week old microblog on Twitter and on

    May invite folks to join up?
    Early stages, so please be kind!

    August 6, 2008
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