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15-Mar-2008

Social Networking Sites and Chronic Illness

Web 2.0 and Chronic Illness: New Horizons, New Opportunities,” by Neil Seeman is an interesting article about health and Illness groups on social networking sites. It is a fact that today social networking sites like MySpace, Facebook, Orkut etc. rank in top 10 popular sites. There are number of Health and Illness related groups or virtual communities on these sites. People share illness related information freely as their actual identity could be masked. Article cites and example from Second Life (a virtual community site). Good Will Stacey is a medical librarian in this virtual world who answers members' questions and educates on how to evaluate credibility of health information.

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