White Coat Underground

A little help, please

Next week I’m going to be giving a talk at the 2010 Great Lakes Homeland Security Training Conference & Expo. The title of the talk will be “Medical Blogs: An Under-Recognized Resource for Public Health Awareness and Communication”, but I’ll probably speak more broadly about web 2.0. In preparation for the talk, I’d like you to help me with an exercise.

One possible ways to enlist blogs and social media in disaster response is to direct people to a specific link where official information can be found. As an experiment, I’d like use this post to see how disaster information might be propagated from a site like mine. I am going to tweet this post, and I’d like others to retweet it and/or post it to your social media of choice. I’ll be using a bit.ly link so that I can gather some crude data about the post’s propagation. Please feel free to use the comment section to give feedback about the process, and if you’re not a regular reader, to let me know how you came here.

This may seem a little spam-y, but it’s for the greater good.

Comments

  1. #1 anne
    April 27, 2010

    Directed here by Dr Isis tweet

  2. #2 Nora Streed
    April 27, 2010

    Directed here via drugmonkey on Facebook. Reposted on my fb status.

  3. #3 Lisa
    April 27, 2010

    directed here via a friend on facebook

  4. #4 Margaret Smith
    April 27, 2010

    Directed here by @scicurious retweet of @ericmjohnson’s tweet

  5. #5 Dom
    April 27, 2010

    Came via @vaughanbell

  6. #6 Glenda Reynolds
    April 27, 2010

    Directed here by Allyson via fb

  7. #7 Mary
    April 27, 2010

    Ok, I took the URL from your post and created my own bit.ly (you’ll see me as mem_somerville). I tweeted it. I have science and politics peeps mostly–all community active and chatty.

    In other social media/public health stuff: I joined by local Medical Reserve Corps this year. When the H1N1 vaccine became available (the very evening it was released to the general public) I was at an MRC meeting. I was the first person in my community to tweet availability. Subsequent to that, I also published posts on 3 community blogs about upcoming public clinics. My local public health team did not seem to know about those blogs. Two were neighborhoods (which my house straddles), one was a city blog.

    People got vaccinated because of that. They responded on the at least one of the posts.

    Oh, I came here as a regular reader of SBs, from the landing page based on your title.

    Happy to share my data if you want to email me.

  8. #8 Torsten
    April 28, 2010

    Facebook posting of a friend

  9. #9 Greg Laden
    April 28, 2010

    Facebook posting of S Zvan. I tweeted it, facebookeyed it, blogged it. All mmy stuff is happening around midnight in the US (plus/minus), which is probably not ideal.

  10. #10 Jeremy
    April 28, 2010

    Directed here by Greg Laden’s facebook post. Was expecting some kind of disaster, feel cheated.

  11. #11 chuck13
    April 28, 2010

    Also directed here by Greg Laden’s facebook post.

  12. #12 Harbo
    April 28, 2010

    Also came via Greg Laden (blog) and I’m usually satisfied with where he leads me.
    good luck with the project.

  13. #13 Hana
    April 28, 2010

    Directed here from this tweet: http://twitter.com/genegeek/status/12989962240
    Good luck with the experiment! Sounds like a great idea.

  14. #14 zackoz
    April 28, 2010

    Directed here from Greg Laden’s blog.

    I am not sure what disaster in Australia you could warn me about though!

  15. #15 C. Anderson
    April 28, 2010

    -Google Reader
    -Greg Laden’s Blog
    -here

    -I’m off to post on fb

  16. #16 Michael
    April 28, 2010

    Greg Laden (your blog is in my reader but I missed this post)

  17. #17 Eric Juve
    April 28, 2010

    Sent here by Greg

  18. #18 Lab Rat
    April 28, 2010

    Followed Greg Laden’s tweet: “A little help please with an experiment please @scienceblogs http://bit.ly/8YCgzV” I was expecting a survey…I’ve just done one to help someone’s pHd and I’m in a survey sort of mood.

  19. #19 Psi Wavefunction
    April 28, 2010

    Twitter via Lab Rat. Will retweet.

  20. #20 David Gerard
    April 28, 2010

    RationalWiki.

  21. #21 April
    April 28, 2010

    followed link at Rationalwiki

  22. #22 Captain Skellett
    April 28, 2010

    Directed here by Lab Rat tweet.

  23. #23 Andrew
    April 28, 2010

    Via Greg Laden, whose post appears (twice) in the Around The Blogosphere feed on http://www.layscience.net

  24. #24 Concernedresident
    April 28, 2010

    Directed here by a post on RationalWiki’s Saloon Bar. Hai Pal.

  25. #25 Elf Eye
    April 28, 2010

    Arrived here via Greg Laden’s blog at Science Blogs.

  26. #26 Anon.
    April 28, 2010

    Sent here by Greg

  27. #27 Mary H
    April 28, 2010

    The good professor Pavlov–er, Greg Laden sent me here.

  28. #28 SurgPA
    April 28, 2010

    Saw your post, copied it to my Facebook page.
    Came back through Drug Monkey’s facebook link.

  29. #29 Radioactive afikomen
    April 28, 2010

    I saw your post in my RSS feed.

  30. #30 anon
    April 28, 2010

    via Greg Laden’s blog.

  31. #31 MadScientist
    April 28, 2010

    Blame Greg Laden.

    @zackoz#14: We’re taking over Australia – or didn’t you hear? First NSW … you don’t really think the premier is working for the Australian people, do you? Oh no, I hope I didn’t spoil the plan.

  32. #32 maria
    April 28, 2010

    Directed here by greg ladens tweet

  33. #33 Stephen Moore
    April 28, 2010

    via greg laden’s blog

  34. #34 Greg Laden
    April 28, 2010

    This has been a test of the Emergency Blogging System. Had this been an actual emergency, you would have been directed here by PZ Myers’ blog.

  35. #35 BB
    April 28, 2010

    I don’t use FB or Twitter. Am I screwed?
    I came here via the RSS feed.

  36. #36 Mike Haubrich
    April 28, 2010

    As one of Greg Laden’s minions and lackeys, I followed from the GLB.

  37. #37 daedalus4u
    April 28, 2010

    from Greg Laden’s blog, but because of his cryptic post I didn’t click on the link for fear it was malwaare.

  38. #38 Chris
    April 28, 2010

    Directed from my brother-in-law’s FB.

  39. #39 ancientTechie
    April 28, 2010

    Greg Laden sent me. Let us know the results of your experiment, please.

  40. #40 Mary
    April 28, 2010

    I would also like to see the results of this. If you could provide a ppt slide or two I might like to also show it to my public health meeting next time.

  41. #41 Squiddhartha
    April 28, 2010

    Spotted on the ‘most active’ list on Scienceblogs.

  42. #42 ppb
    April 28, 2010

    Another one of Greg Laden’s lemmings.

  43. #43 Karen
    April 28, 2010

    Greg Laden lemming.

  44. #44 Gabriela Fonseca
    April 28, 2010

    First time in this blog.
    Twitter: @jonmoulton. Good luck w/your experiment and talk.

  45. #45 Sheesh!
    April 28, 2010

    followed a link from RW. I’m more or less random

  46. #46 Theo Bromine
    April 28, 2010

    regular reader (via RSS), but in this case visited by following a link from Greg Laden’s facebook newsfeed

  47. #47 Tsu Dho Nimh
    April 28, 2010

    Saw it here, checked Twitter and none of my contacts had retweeted you yet (shame on you, Dalai Lama), so I looked you up on Twitter and retweeted it … I’m going to be desolate if no one shows up.

  48. #48 geroge
    April 28, 2010

    Greg Laden’s Blog thing.

  49. #49 Art
    April 28, 2010

    Greg Laden wrote ‘click here’ and, being the mindless drone I am and having no will of my own, I did.

  50. #50 Bodach
    April 28, 2010

    Greg Laden’s post but I would have gotten to you later on your blog.

  51. #51 Jim
    April 28, 2010

    Greg Laden’s blog.

  52. #52 Pat
    April 28, 2010

    Just posted it on my FB page

  53. #53 PalMD
    April 28, 2010

    Thanks, everyone!

  54. #54 Dianne
    April 28, 2010

    Late to the party, but…I found your old blog from comments you made on Orac’s site and have been following your various blog incarnations since. So I can’t say I was directed to this post in particular by anything other than curiosity to see what you wrote today.

  55. #55 susanbrown
    April 28, 2010

    from Greg Laden’s FaceBook post.

  56. #56 Mango_greentea
    April 28, 2010

    Via Greg Laden’s blog.

  57. #57 ajbroome
    April 28, 2010

    Physically, I’m in NZ and got here via Greg Laden’s blog. Will link to this page via Facebook.

  58. #58 lizditz
    April 29, 2010

    missed this last night because I was obsessing about the frontline autism show (#vaccinewar)

    But perhaps I’m a bit addled — I had a hard time figuring how to play.

    Also — hashtag integrity — I seem to recall this came up several times re the Haiti earthquake and other events.

  59. #59 gwen
    April 29, 2010

    Greg Laden’s blog directed me here.

  60. #60 PalMD
    April 29, 2010

    Excellent point, Liz. It hadn’t occurred to me.

  61. #61 leslie
    April 29, 2010

    not to put down your great idea but the ice storms of the NH/VT cut off electricity and many homes in the mountainous areas do not have cellular towers so there is no internet during these emergencies. Pick your project accordingly. Or find a compensating solution. Assume electricity and computer access to internet is down. DIrect TV Internet is down usually during bad weather even when electricity is not. Not sure how cell phones work during a other storms. Does any bad weather affect cell reception?

    Great idea. Good luck.

  62. #62 Gaythia
    April 29, 2010

    Wandered in here on my own. Not sure if “better late than never” applies to disaster awareness.

  63. #63 @murmur55 twitter
    April 30, 2010

    via @matthewherper on twitter (toxic substances post), your article on Greg Noll (hilarious), Greg Noll websites (the usual dangerous buffoonery), google searches for Greg Noll, listing @prn_radio twitter (“for progressive minds”) as DANGEROUS (it’s like porn, you know it when you see it), back to your sciblogs post on Greg Noll, then on to your request for “help”…viva la social media!

    Laissez les bon temps roulez!

  64. #64 goat man
    April 30, 2010

    skepchick tweet to here. where are the goats?

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