Medicine in Social Media
Diabetes in Social Media
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More than 200 million people suffer from diabetes worldwide and it is one of those medical conditions that are covered in details online. The medical blogosphere and the community sites are very rich in diabetes-related content.

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Microblogging: Twitter and Friendfeed


Microblogging is the practice of sending brief text updates, photos, audio/video clips or links and make these public on a website and/or distributed to a private group of subscribers. These messages can be submitted by text messaging, instant messaging or e-mail.

Many microbloggers provide short commentary about medical news, medical specialties or a company's products and services.

Webicina features two microblogging platforms including Twitter and Friendfeed.



Diabetes on Twitter


Twitter is a free social networking and microblogging service that allows its users to send and read other users' updates, which are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length.

In countries all around the world, people follow the sources most relevant to them and access information via Twitter as it happens—from breaking world news to updates from friends.



You can find many more health-related Twitter users on the Mark My Words linkblog and on the Medical Student Blog.


Diabetes News / Organisations:

DiabetesUK
The official Twitter channel at Diabetes UK.

TuDiabetes
TuDiabetes is a nonprofit social network with nearly 16.000 members touched by diabetes.

DiabetesNews
News and updates from top diabetes info sites.

RSS Diabetes Trials
An RSS feed from a 'search by condition' at ClinicalTrials.gov, updating with new diabetes trials.

JDRF
Dedicated to finding a cure for type 1 diabetes (JDRF Australia)

Diabetes Daily
Seeking a better life for everyone affected by diabetes!

The Diabetes OC
The Diabetes OC was created by people with diabetes who wanted to share their life with the world in order to help others find solace and comfort.

WDD
News about World Diabetes Day

dLife
For your diabetes life.

LiveOutLoudwDiabetes
A positive, fun, friendly, informative, diabetes forum.

diabetesblog
Latest news and views on diabetes cure and management. Your one stop diabetes information source.

Diabetes Info
Compassionately informing and supporting those who live with diabetes. Type 1 Diabetic

Sugarstats
Simple blood sugar tracking for online diabetes management.

American Diabetes Association
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is leading the fight to stop diabetes and its deadly consequences, and fighting for all those affected by diabetes.

National Diabetes Education Program
The National Diabetes Education Program is a partnership of NIH and CDC.



People Who Post About Diabetes:

Victor Montori, MD
Mayo Clinic diabetes doc and researcher from Peru working for a patient revolution vs. healthcare corruption, and for treatments that fit patients.

John Hall
Compassionately encouraging, strengthening, and supporting those who live with diabetes.

Manny Hernandez
Venezuelan social entrepreneur and community strategist living in the Bay Area. Founder of TuDiabetes.com and EsTuDiabetes.com.

DiabetesMine
A gold mine of straight talk and encouragement for people living with diabetes.

Bob Hawkinson
The Joy of Diabetes book is an inspirational diabetic handbook that embraces living and thriving with diabetes.

Guy Stephens
Father of a small child with diabetes.

Kelly Kunik
Diabetes blogger, humorist, advocate, writer.

Grant Sunada
Utah Diabetes Prevention and Control Program.

Allison Harkett
Diabetes, Asthma and a few more problems have meant that I have had to learn how to keep myself slim, fit and healthy.

Contrarycook
Beating diabetes one bite at a time.

Kerri (sixuntilme)
Health blogger, RI, CT, type 1 diabetic, diabetes advocate, writer, photographer, health 2.0, fitness, freelance, cats, web maven, married, new media, film buff

Tony Rose
Data/info visualization, analytics, project management, type 1 diabetic, diabetes, insulin pumper, dad and husband.

Dana Lewis
PR student working in health communication, living and tweeting with diabetes and celiac.

Jim Brooks
Aircraft electrical design engineer with a mission to help fellow diabetics!

The Poor Diabetic
A type 2 diabetic blogger, father, advocate, diabetes self management technician.

Renza Scibilia
Type 1 diabetes consumer advocate; writer, coffee addict; sweet tooth (oh, the irony); delusions of Nigella Lawson baking prowess; punctuation ninja. (Melbourne, Australia)



Directories


There are aggregators that help you find people tweeting about diabetes.

Twellow


Twellow.com is grabbing publicly available messages from Twitter.com, then analyze and categorize each of the users responsible for those messages into the various categories found at Twellow.com.



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Diabetes results of Search.Twitter.com


It lets you track all the tweets and tweople focusing on diabetes.

Twitter Diabetes Search

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Diabetes on Friendfeed


Friendfeed is an aggregator that collects the updates from social networking websites, social bookmarking websites, blogs and micro-blogging updates, as well as any other type of RSS feed. Users can use this stream of information to create customized feeds to share (and comment) with friends. It offers a unique way to discover and discuss information among a community.




There is one active Friendfeed room that focuses on diabetes: A place to learn alternative views and current research about all forms of diabetes, with an emphasis on introducing a natural medicine and holistic, easy diet approach.


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