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Emotional Networking for Caring and Well-being

I just got a note in my email.  My aunt is busy with her own appointment, and nobody had yet volunteered to pick my uncle up from the VA hospital tomorrow, after he recovers from surgery.  Hey, it's a Friday.  I can take off a little early to pick him up, and get him to my cousin's place over the hill.  I respond to the email, volunteering. 

Funny because it's true: The Onion and the future of persuasion

Leave it to satirical local newspaper The Onion to make an astute observation relevant to the future of persuasion. From their recent article 'How Bad For The Environment Can Throwing Away One Plastic Bottle Be?' 30 Million People Wonder :

Trusera is finally down for the count, but another health social network steps into the ring in its place

As I reported in late March, health social networking site Trusera was struggling to stay afloat financially. Recently, in preparing to give a presentation on social media and health, I decided to visit the site. I was surprised to learn that Trusera will be shutting down its community portal as of May 27th.

I was initially intrigued by Trusera because it was different from many of the other health-related social networking sites. Unlike Daily Strength, for example, it was not organized around specific diseases
or health issues, nor did it have a "support group" feeling to it. Instead, Trusera—founded by a former Amazon exec—used a matching tool to help users find each other based on a number of factors.

23 and Mommy

23andMe has launched an online community for Mommy bloggers that, by all indications, will give soon-to-be and current moms a place to discuss parenthood, pregnancy and, not surprisingly, genetics. The community site features some standards of a social networking site--profiles, discussion threads--along with some tools for measuring health status and wellness during pregnancy. On their blog, 23andMe's founders say that:

Hot off the "press": Trusera's time may be up

First, I have to say that Twitter has changed my life as a blogger.  I can't keep up with all of the interesting items I find out about this way--you should see the number of open tabs I have in Firefox.  Minutes ago, I saw this tweet from TechCrunch: "Trusera’s Health 2.0 Portal Nearly Out Of Money." 

Social networking sites may be bad for your health

This story, from CBS News, addresses a topic in which I have a particular interest: the role of social networking and health.  But in a way that is reminiscent of what you sometimes find when looking for a story about mobile phones and health, this piece is a cautionary tale about how social networking sites may be bad for your health. 

A conference about Web 2.0 as it relates to medicine and health

Medicine 2.0™ is an international conference on Web 2.0 applications in health and medicine, organized and co-sponsored by the Journal of Medical Internet Research, the International Medical Informatics Association, the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, CHIRAD, and others. (When I first saw the announcement, I squirmed a bit at the "2.0" modifier and its trademark notice--doesn't 2.0 seem to be overused these days?) Anyhow, here's how the conference organizers define Medicine 2.0:

Putting in context another newly-launched health-related social networking site

Trusera--a website that allows people to share their real-world health experiences--launched last month. Its tag is "Come experience the Power of Been There." When I first came across the announcement on the bbgm blog, I wondered what would set Tujera apart from similar sites, like Daily Strength or iMedix, which I blogged about here.

Another entry into the online health search engine/social networking platform space

iMedix bills itself as a new way to find and share health information. Its home page features quotes from various media sources proclaiming its greatness, including this one from the New York Times: "iMedix could revolutionize the way people take care of themselves."

Social networking comes to the life sciences

Last month, Collexis announced the launch of, an online social networking site that is being billed as the MySpace for research scientists want to find and connect with others who share their research interests. The BioMedExperts website explains that it connects scientists

to each other through the display and analysis of the networks of co-authors with whom each investigator works to publish scientific papers.

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