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Bollywood, Shahrukh Khan, Twitter and the art of persuasion

If you are a Bollywood fan then you have probably heard of Shahrukh Khan. If you don’t then check out the Wikipedia entry on him. Khan is the biggest Bollywood movie star. He has starred in several successful movies in the last 15 years, and is a heartthrob of millions. To put it in Hollywood terms, he has more celebrity than George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon combined on the Indian subcontinent. Shahrukh became the latest Bollywood star to adopt Twitter (his handle is iamsrk).

Social networks, Twitter, and the practice of medicine

I think I am behind the times.  I just came across a social network for physicians—Ozmosis—that has been around for more than a year.  I'm not going to undertake comparing it to Sermo, which is perhaps the best-known physician-only site.  At least one other blogger has already done that.  I stumbled upon Ozmosis while looking for something else, but what caught my attention was the closing line of another blogger's post: "Share this post with YOUR physician today; wouldn't you rather have a health care provider who is connected to a network that can help him provide even better care for you?"  That sounds good in theory, but I wonder if it is true.  I would be interested to see any research that indicates that social networks for physicians are likely to improve health outcomes. 

#FQuOTD #1: Your awesome replies, and announcing our 2nd FQuOTD!

Thanks to everyone who re-tweeted and answered IFTF's 1st #FQuOTD! (Future Question of the Day). Keep reading to see the replies and the winner of today's award.

But let's announce the second #FQuOTD: Tweet your weekend plans as you might on July 9/10, 2016. Think about where you'll be—in life and geographically, who you'll be with, what new things you'll be getting up to, how you'll move around differently, how the world has changed, or anything else that comes to mind.

Tweet as many plans as you can think of, just remember to include the #FQuOTD hashtag. Answers posted on Monday morning July 13 (2009!)

Our first #FQuOTD was: How was your future changed this year? Now, this has been one volatile and uncertain year for pretty much everyone. We noticed a back-to-the-future theme, as people revisit and revise their previous scenarios for what the future would be...

Fieldnotes from the Iran twitterstream

Perhaps you've been like me, glued to the twitterstreams about Iran over the past days.  It's been compelling watching, a new kind of media experience delivered not only in tweet-sized bits but in the knitting together of multiple media forms and sources.  As Clay Shirky points out in his articulate way in an interview posted the Tedblog yesterday, we're seeing the media invent itself in real time.

Virtual diasporas & identity management

Last year, Kathi Vian and I wrote a piece on new diasporas and identity management for the Ten Year Forecast program. Our basic premise was that we are all migrants, and we carry our identities with us as we move. In the coming decade, we will see the proliferation of tools, services and processes of managing our identities.

Musicians using Twitter

I just came across this Google spreadsheet of artists using Twitter. As with many major artist MySpace pages or blogs, the "big" ones are more likely label interns—or impostors with entirely too much time on their hands—than actual artists, but there's a good chance that a bunch of the smaller acts are actually speaking tweeting for themselves.

I've carefully combed the list and here are a few favorites...

Horror of horrors—I am finally done with newspapers

What did it?  Twitter.  O.k., I may be late to the game, many people I know have stopped reading newspapers a long time ago.  By newspapers I mean their physical incarnations.  Many of my colleagues and friends have turned to online news sites, magazines, and blogs.  For me, however, these somehow didn’t provide a good substitute for the “real” thing, particularly as the “real” thing was such a big part of my morning “news with coffee” ritual.  Even when I stopped reading the New York Times in the morning for news, I still read it for feature articles and deep analysis.  T

Twitter makes itself useful

Rather, the people of San Francisco trying to get a glimpse of the Olympic Torch on Wednesday made Twitter useful. With the officials faking out everyone by throwing the torch on a bus and driving it to Van Ness to start an alternate route, connected citizens began to "tweet" the torch's whereabouts, whether rumors overheard on the street or information from traditional news media. Olympic Torch SF organized the Twitter profile for the event, and all of the tweets can be viewed at SFTorch.

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