Social Media in Research

I have a PubMed search set up as an auto-alert for me to track social media research in healthcare as it is indexed. I find it entertaining simply to watch the titles scroll through. Here is a selection from recent weeks:

  • Open Source Marketing: Camel cigarette brand marketing in the Web 2.0 world.
  • Watch how Great Ormond Street uses WHO checklist on YouTube.
  • Facebook medicine.
  • Using blogs and wikis in a graduate public health course.
  • Web 3D for public, environmental and occupational health: early examples from second life.
  • Foresight scanning: future directions of clinical and pharmaceutical research.
  • Real-time Ambulance Location Monitoring using GPS and Maps Open API.
  • Trust evaluation in health information on the World Wide Web.
  • Use of Facebook in academic health sciences libraries.
  • Web 2.0 tools in medical and nursing school curricula.
  • Scale-rotation invariant pattern entropy for keypoint-based near-duplicate detection.
  • Teenagers Wanting Medical Advice: Is MySpace the Answer?
  • Reducing at-risk adolescents’ display of risk behavior on a social networking web site: a randomized controlled pilot intervention trial.
  • Display of Health Risk Behaviors on MySpace by Adolescents: Prevalence and Associations.
  • Broadcast yourself–the YouTube phenomenon.
  • An untapped resource: using YouTube in nursing education.
  • New tools to support collaboration and virtual organizations.
  • The evolution of the Web and implications for eResearch.
  • “Web 2.0, i.e. the second generation of the World Wide Web”. Editorial.
  • Blogging as a social tool: a psychosocial examination of the effects of blogging.
  • X-ray tube to YouTube.
  • The potential role of Web 2.0.
  • Get a [second] life.
  • Isolated to integrated: an evolving medical informatics curriculum.
  • Web 2.0 systems supporting childhood chronic disease management: a pattern language representation of a general architecture.

In a classic “duh” moment during recent conversations, I realized that other folks might be interested in seeing some of this also. So here are the articles that came through my email this week.

Take two aspirin and tweet me in the morning: how Twitter, Facebook, and other social media are reshaping health care.
Hawn C.
Health Aff (Millwood). 2009 Mar-Apr;28(2):361-8.
ABSTRACT: If you want a glimpse of what health care could look like a few years from now, consider “Hello Health,” the Brooklyn-based primary care practice that is fast becoming an emblem of modern medicine. A paperless, concierge practice that eschews the limitations of insurance-based medicine, Hello Health is popular and successful, largely because of the powerful and cost-effective communication tools it employs: Web-based social media. Indeed, across the health care industry, from large hospital networks to patient support groups, new media tools like weblogs, instant messaging platforms, video chat, and social networks are reengineering the way doctors and patients interact.
PMID: 19275991

Improving Wikipedia: educational opportunity and professional responsibility.
Callis KL, Christ LR, Resasco J, Armitage DW, Ash JD, Caughlin TT, Clemmensen SF, Copeland SM, Fullman TJ, Lynch RL, Olson C, Pruner RA, Vieira-Neto EH, West-Singh R, Bruna EM.
Trends Ecol Evol. 2009 Mar 5. [Epub ahead of print] No abstract available.
PMID: 19269059

The new networking 2.0: second life.
McCartney PR.
MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs. 2009 Mar-Apr;34(2):130. No abstract available.
PMID: 19262269

Social internet sites as a source of public health information.
Vance K, Howe W, Dellavalle RP.
Dermatol Clin. 2009 Apr;27(2):133-6.
PMID: 19254656 [PubMed – in process]

Web 2.0 rollercoaster. A ride we should all take.
Cadogan MD.
Emerg Med Australas. 2009 Feb;21(1):1-3. No abstract available.
PMID: 19254306

Information Disclosure and Control on Facebook: Are They Two Sides of the Same Coin or Two Different Processes?
Christofides E, Muise A, Desmarais S.
Cyberpsychol Behav. 2009 Mar 1. [Epub ahead of print]
ABSTRACT: Facebook, the popular social network site, is changing the nature of privacy and the consequences of information disclosure. Despite recent media reports regarding the negative consequences of disclosing information on social network sites such as Facebook, students are generally thought to be unconcerned about the potential costs of this disclosure. The current study explored undergraduate students’ information disclosure and information control on Facebook and the personality factors that influence levels of disclosure and control. Participants in this online survey were 343 undergraduate students who were current users of Facebook. Results indicated that participants perceived that they disclosed more information about themselves on Facebook than in general, but participants also reported that information control and privacy were important to them. Participants were very likely to have posted information such as their birthday and e-mail address, and almost all had joined an online network. They were also very likely to post pictures such as a profile picture, pictures with friends, and even pictures at parties and drinking with friends. Contrary to expectations, information disclosure and information control were not significantly negatively correlated, and multiple regression analyses revealed that while disclosure was significantly predicted by the need for popularity, levels of trust and self-esteem predicted information control. Therefore, disclosure and control on Facebook are not as closely related as expected but rather are different processes that are affected by different aspects of personality. Implications of these findings and suggestions for future research are discussed.
PMID: 19250020

The Influence of Shyness on the Use of Facebook in an Undergraduate Sample.
Orr ES, Sisic M, Ross C, Simmering MG, Arseneault JM, Orr RR.
Cyberpsychol Behav. 2009 Mar 1. [Epub ahead of print]
ABSTRACT: Researchers have suggested that individual differences will help to determine which online communication tools appeal to and are used by different individuals. With respect to the domain of computer-mediated communication, shyness is a particular personality trait of interest, as forums provide opportunities for social interactions that shy individuals might otherwise avoid. The present study investigated the personality trait of shyness and its relation with certain features of an online communication tool (Facebook). We hypothesized that shyness would be significantly related to the quantity of time spent on Facebook, the number of contacts added to one’s Facebook profile, and attitudes toward Facebook. Our findings supported that shyness was significantly positively correlated with the time spent on Facebook and having favorable attitudes toward the social networking site. Furthermore, shyness was significantly negatively correlated with the number of Facebook “Friends.” Limitations of the present study and suggestions for future research are addressed.
PMID: 19250019


3 responses to “Social Media in Research

  1. What are your search terms on Pubmed? I would like to add it to my Pubmed RSS feed. Thank you!


  2. Pingback: What’s on the web? (13 March 2009) « ScienceRoll

  3. Absolutely! I should have included that to begin with. Here is a link to the search:

    PubMed Search on Social Media: (“second life” AND (virtual OR 3d OR immersive)) OR “virtual worlds” OR “web 3.0” OR “medicine 2.0” OR “health 2.0” OR “web 2.0” OR mashup OR “social media” OR digg OR “” OR “social bookmarking” OR wikis OR folksonomy OR wikipedia OR flickr OR twitter OR youtube OR facebook OR myspace

    I am planning a brief article analyzing various aspects of the search and results. This is the umpteenth version of the search – I keep tweaking it to find what works best.


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