With the arrival of Obamacare, millions of uninsured Americans are entering the healthcare system for the first time. As these new patients happily stream into waiting rooms, doctors are scrambling to keep pace with the increasing demand. Preserving a high standard of care amidst the waiting room blitz requires greater efficiency from medical practices, and doctors are desperate for solutions that can help relieve some of the pressure.
By making it easy for doctors to connect and communicate across teams, hospitals and entire health systems, Doximity wants to provide a release valve for the nation’s M.D.’s. The San Mateo-based company launched in early 2011 to give medical professionals a free, HIPAA-compliant alternative to LinkedIn and it’s been growing like a weed ever since.
That’s partly because Doximity has been working to transform itself from a social network (and a vertical-specific version of LinkedIn) into a platform. Today, Doximity serves doctors…
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According to a study from the University of California, San Diego, feelings on Facebook can spread from user to user like a virus. In other words, your friends’ moods can affect your moods, positively or negatively.
As we well know, humans can spread their moods to each other in face-to-face situations. A grumpy co-worker can make you grumpy while a happy significant other can cheer you up. This also happens, wrote the researchers, “among strangers or near-strangers.” But no one had quite figured out if it spread via social media or not. Until now.
Using anonymized data, PhD student Lorenzo Coviello and Adam D. I. Kramer and Cameron Marlow from Facebook looked at English-language status updates over 1,180 days. Using automated text analysis, they assessed the mood and tenor of each post to get the “emotional content.”
What did they discover? First, they found that when it was rainy in…
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CATEGORIES: Community Life, Technology
By Guest Blogger Megan Totka, Chief Editor, ChamberofCommerce.com
Living with any disability can feel pretty isolating at times. The world does not seem built for people with physical or emotional disabilities; it can also feel like even the people who care about you the most simply do not understand your day-to-day struggles. Thanks to advanced social media technology, however, living with a disability can feel less lonely.
Social media can be an effective way for anyone to socialize and network for a career, but can be especially powerful for people with disabilities. If you think that social media is simply a way to waste time, you should rethink your stance. For people with disabilities, social media can be especially helpful with:
Brand building. Around 15 percent of people with disabilities in the workforce are self-employed, compared with only 10 percent of the rest of the workforce. Small business owners can make the most of social media to highlight their products and services and marketing on these platforms is inexpensive or free. Even if you work for someone else, having a social media presence is a great way to establish yourself as an expert in your field which will help your career long term.
Self-information. By following reputable blogs and websites through social media, you always have access to the latest news about the things that interest you. This is also a great way to keep up on your industry and any legislation or news that pertains to living with a disability. You can stay schooled in what matters to you and have all the information in one central spot.
Like-minded networking. Perhaps you are the only person in your circle of family and friends that lives with a disability, or one of a very few. There are online groups and forums where you can talk about your health and seek advice and camaraderie from people who really do understand. You may find that your closest allies are people who you have never actually “met,” but become part of your journey with a disability.
Disability awareness. Using social media is also an excellent opportunity to spread awareness about the issues people with disabilities face on a daily basis. Through the normal course of social media activity, you can shed some light on what life is like with a disability and helpful resources. This does not have to mean constant activism or bold statements every time you log on. You can raise awareness in the form of everyday photos, status updates or even the links that you share from others. Family, friends and acquaintances can learn a little more about what life is like with a disability through your social media posts.
Smart use of social media also is a great way to network professionally and personally. Don’t be intimidated by the world of online socialization; look for ways to better your life through its use. Jump right in and find ways for social media to empower you, whether directly related to your disability or not.
How about you? What is your favorite way to network online?
Megan Totka is the Chief Editor for ChamberofCommerce.com. She specializes on the topic of small business tips and resources. ChamberofCommerce.com helps small businesses grow their business on the web and facilitates connectivity between local businesses and more than 7,000 Chambers of Commerce worldwide.
Open source is the future of online chatting!
The bright minds at Stanford who created Omlet have a different idea about how communicating — and more importantly, the data that goes along with communication — should be handled these days.
Given the recent purchase of WhatsApp by Facebook, the content and conversations taking place in the digital realm are obviously no laughing mater in the eyes of big internet companies. Omlet’s goal seems to be one of participating just like other social networks and chat services, yet giving users a choice in where the content they create is stored, controlled and monetized.
Created by Stanford Professor Monica Lam, along with several of her PhD students, Omlet decentralizes the location of the content that inevitably becomes part of the conversation and gives users a choice of where they store those images, videos or other content.
“Omlet is the first open chat platform that lets users own and manage…
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Social media could be a powerful tool to unite people with disabilities, especially when dealing with the fall-out of a catastrophic injury or illness.
On Monday at 5pm I’ll be moderating a session at SXSW that explores the way journalists, civic hackers, and local communities are using new technology and social networks to respond to crisis and conflict. What follows is a preview of some of the issues we’ll be grappling with.
What is your attention worth? Online publishers, advertisers and social networks are putting a price on your attention every day. The entire web metrics industry is built on the economy of attention – impressions, clicks, visits, time on site, RTs, likes, shares. These are the atomic elements of attention.
But there are also people who are working to hack attention, to use new networks, new connections and new tools to drive our hearts and minds towards the most important stories of our time. The hope is not that we can turn attention into dollars, but that we can turn attention into action.
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Social media for business, family, friends, and more.
Facebook plans to reveal new ways for developers to grow and monetize their apps. Today it announced it will hold its F8 developer conference on April 30th in San Francisco. It will have been almost three years since Facebook’s last F8 when it unveiled Timeline and the Open Graph platform in 2011.
The audience at SF’s Design Concourse will include “More than 1,500 mobile and web developers from all over the world” according to a Facebook blog post. Those wishing to attend are told to sign up to be notified when tickets will become available.
Facebook outlined the agenda for the day, explaining that “This year, we’re going back to our roots and having a pure developer conference. F8 will open with a morning keynote, followed by four tracks that will cover getting started guides, technical best practices, infrastructure strategies, engineering deep dives, and advertising tips for making your app…
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I came across a Huffington post about a woman who posted pictures of herself on her Facebook wall that caused a collapse in her social circle. The headline said “When Beth Posted These Images on Facebook, 103 People Unfriended Her”.
The headline effectively grabbed my attention, but what the story really did was zero in on the heart of one of my own deepest fears. It cut to a deep vulnerability that even I don’t fully understand, but it’s one that has held me back from engaging as fully in life as I possibly could. I can’t do that until I can somehow get to a place of true peace about it.
The pictures that Beth Whaanga, the woman in the Huffington piece, posted were semi-nude images of herself featuring her scars from a double mastectomy and a hysterectomy. They were taken by a photographer leading a project called,
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Behind every great social media platform stands millions of great women. And boy do they love their smartphones!
According to research compiled by FinanceOnline, which was taken from PEW, Nielsen, and Burst Media, women use social media more often and in more ways then men do. Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter all have more women on the platform than men.
Pinterest, not surprisingly, has a more female-centric user base with 33 percent of female online adults using the site, compared to 8 percent of all men. But the tables turn with LinkedIn, where 24 percent of all adult men use the site compared to 19 percent of women.
Perhaps more interesting, women are leading the charge of social media use via mobile. Forty-six percent of women use their smartphone to check in on social media activities, while 43 percent of men use their smartphone.
The same theory holds…
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After observing that 20 percent of 23snaps posts contain multiple photos and 40 percent include detailed descriptions, the startup wanted to offer a better way for users to create a narrative from a series of related updates — noting that it often takes more than one photo or comment to tell the best family stories.
The resulting feature is sort of obvious in retrospect and makes for a far more creative approach to the usual, sometimes…
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