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Social Media in Clinical Practice: The Handbook

Springer published my book, Social Media in Clinical Practice, almost a year ago and since then, I have received an amazing number of photos about people holding the book, social media posts and e-mails from readers who found my handbook to be very helpful in their professional lives. While the content is fortunately still up-to-date, it seems the turn-around time for a new book is about one year as lately, the number of messages has dramatically increased.

Medical professionals worldwide shared their insights, experience and suggestions about using social media resources in medicine using my book’s examples. Therefore, I’d like to ask anyone who likes to discuss such topics to use the #hcsm hashtag on Twitter or contact me directly, I’m always happy to initiate new discussions.

Here you can check out the detailed descriptions of all the chapters.

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Social Media in Clinical Practice: Chapter 6, Establishing a Medical Blog

When I realized Springer made the individual chapters of my book, Social Media in Clinical Practice, available, I thought it would be useful for future readers to get some insights about each chapter one by one.

Here is the short summary of what you can read about and an excerpt of the sixth chapter, Establishing a Medical Blog:

Social media brought a new concept into the online world as users became able to contribute content to websites. One of the first platforms that made this possible was called a blog. A blog is a website with regular entries of commentary or other materials such as graphics or video displayed in a reverse chronological order. The term blog was first used by Jorn Barger in 1997 from the words we – blog or web – log.

 Topics covered:
  • The anatomy of a medical blog
  • The types of blogs
  • The way of citing medical blogs in medical papers
  • The Medical Blogosphere
  • Examples of different kinds of medical blogs
  • Reasons to Write a Blog
  • Positive and negative stories
  • The 7 basic types of bloggers
  • Steps to Make Before Launching a New Medical Blog
  • The four easy steps of creating a new blog
  • Tips and Tricks About Making a Better Blog
  • The Future of Blogging

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Chapters that have already been covered:

Being Productive Online: Time-Management Lifehacks

Recently, Ves Dimov at Clinical Cases and Images has come up with a great post on How to deal with the information overload from blogs, RSS and Twitter so I thought I would share my thoughts with you about time-management lifehacks.

The main concept is to centralize the flow of information into one or two sites. For me, these are GMail and Google Reader. It means I can control anything I’m interested in by visiting these places online.

How to keep up with Twitter?

I follow more than 1000 users and have more than 1500 followers, so I receive thousands of tweets every day. Here are a few things that save me time and effort.

  • I use Tweetdeck and created several groups on Tweetdeck that let me filter useful information (e.g. Health 2.0, genetics, bloggers groups, etc.).

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  • I check Friendfeed Best of the day because it will filter the best discussions for me (though not all of my Twitter contacts are on Friendfeed).

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  • Microplaza automatically filters the most interesting discussions and links mentioned in my Twitter community. I get the updates through RSS so it’s quite easy to see what I miss when I’m not online.

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How to follow the content you want to track?

  • Google Alerts helps me track the content that is published about me, my blog or my service online.

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  • Twilerts and Tweetbeep do the same but via Twitter. Whenever a Twitterer mentions my name, blogs, favourite search terms, I will be notified via e-mail.

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How to write posts fast on your blog?

I often use the Quickpress function on WordPress that lets me write a post from the admin dashboard in just seconds. I always have  a huge backlog on Scienceroll so I created clearly defined directories in Firefox bookmarks and tag all the links I save there. It helps me organize the thousands of bookmarks I have and I always get a clear picture of what I should write about.

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As I’m working on different computers, Foxmarks synchronizes my bookmarks automatically.

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How to work on Wikipedia?

As an administrator, I have some duties, so I built a long watchlist to keep track of the changes in the entries I’m interested in. I also use Huggle to fight vandalism. With Huggle, reverting hundreds of vandalisms and notify vandals on their talk pages take only minutes and a few clicks.

How to use RSS?

I created categories based on priorities in Google Reader. I always know which category of feeds to check depending on how much time I have and whether I’m looking for blog topics or just interesting pieces of information.

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I also receive the updates of my favourite Youtube channels, Pubmed search terms and Del.icio.us tags.

And you may also find the slideshow from Joshua Schwimmer interesting

If you have more tips on how to be productive online, please let me know.

BlogRize: The collective intelligence of communities

I’ve recently discovered Blogrize that was created by Jesse Spaulding. It ranks articles by the topics a blog covers, the links between blogs, user attention data, user story recommendations and interaction. See the FAQ page for more info.

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BlogRize is a blog community and blog aggregator that brings you today’s most interesting web content by harnessing the collective intelligence of communities of people who enjoy reading the same blogs.

  • Provide a superior experience for anyone who wants to check the web daily for interesting news, articles, & videos that relate to them, their friends, and their communities of interest.
  • Give authors and content producers a platform where they can quickly and efficiently build a readership and reputation based on the merits of their content and their contributions to the community.
  • Foster intelligent & useful discussions and debate between real people.
  • Build a reputation system so people can quickly identify authors with expertise, people they can trust, knowledge they can trust.

Feel free to join the Scienceroll community there and let’s see whether it can beat Friendfeed.com.

Health Blogs Observatory

Ivor Kovic, MD is a unique blogger with a deep interest in web 2.0 and medicine. Now he launched the Health Blogs Observatory based on a great idea, to collect all the medical blogs in order to analyze the health blogosphere.

Health Blogs Observatory is an online research lab devoted to examination of the health blogosphere. It was created by the health bloggers and for the health bloggers.

Main goals of the project are:

Two major characteristics of the Health Blogs Observatory are collaboration and openness. This is why I would like to invite all health/medical bloggers to join the community and start contributing to it by adding their blogs to the web directory and participating in the design of the health bloggers survey.

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You can follow the project on Twitter, by RSS or just track the changes of the wiki.

Top 50 Genetics Blogs

Jessica Merritt has recently come up with a huge list of quality blogs dedicated to genetics. Check it out at US PharmD. I’m honored to be included in the list.

If you’re looking for another great genetics blogs, follow the members of the DNA Network.

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Image credit: Ricardo Vidal, My Biotech Life

Medicine Meets Virtual Reality 17: The Salon and The Well

This year, I will attend again the Medicine Meets Virtual Reality 17 conference that will take place in Long Beach, CA between the 19th and the 22nd of January. Now I’m a member of the organizing committee and have been managing a blog for the conference for a few months.

I will present a slideshow “Practicing medicine in the web 2.0 era” and will also present in the Salon:

Berci Meskó
University of Debrecen, Hungary

Demonstration: Discovering the Virtual World of Medicine through Second Life provides medical educators and students with numerous educational opportunities and tools while visiting the places and islands that can change the way medical education is delivered today.

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Today Kóan Jeff Baysa asked several of the Well & Salon artists. Check these out here.

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