Here’s an interesting story from CNN about how medical patients can find support and help through patient social networking sites. Here’s a link. There are several links within the article to some of the websites that link patients to patients. This is wonderful! It’s difficult to go through serious illness. It’s difficult even to go through a non-threatening illness. Not only is support needed, but getting advice about the best doctors and navigating the healthcare system are key and indispencable.
This sounds surprising at first until you read the article. As a nation of commuters that are always online, it makes perfect sense that Japan would lead in the number of blog postings. What’s was most interesting in the article is the difference in blog intents between Japanese bloggers and American bloggers. I’m not I sure I buy the “chest thumping” characterization of American bloggers, though. It makes me wonder though, would “humble” blog intent translate into Japanese wanting to print their blogs.
Here’s a link to the article
Japan’s Bloggers: Humble Giants of the Web
By Blaine Harden
Washington Post Foreign Service
Thursday, December 6, 2007; A01
TOKYO — Compared to the English-speaking world, the Japanese have gone blog wild. They write Web logs at per capita rates that are off the global charts.
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Here is an article with some interesting statistics about teen web content creation habits. I’m not at all surprised that a greater percentage of girls than boys blog. What does surprise me is that teens restrict access to their content and personal information more than I thought they would and more than older people. With all the media chatter about teens online, you’d think the teens out there are all posting every bit of their lives for everyone to see.