Month: March 2011


April is Health Activist Writer’s Month & The HAWMC!

[caption id="attachment_1387" align="alignright" width="200" caption="Join the HAWMC !!"][/caption] Health Activists are known as leaders in their health communities. They're the ones who are writing influential blog posts, making awesome videos, and rallying the troops to raise awareness for their health conditions. Health Activists are looked to for leadership, guidance, and inspiration. But sometimes it's hard…

Best tweets from Finish This Tweet

You had a lot of different perspectives to offer on the important topic of personal health disclosure - and gave us a snippet of your thoughts in 140 characters or less! When we asked you earlier this month:   “I do/don’t disclose my health status b/c _____. here is what some of you had to…

Disclosing Health-Community-You

[caption id="attachment_1343" align="alignright" width="160" caption="Ready for a smoothie made of all your online activity?"][/caption] Each health community has its own language, etiquette, and environment - unique unto itself. But now, as the internet moves toward easier, all-encompassing sign-in options (think: commenting on posts through Facebook or Twitter accounts) - will those unique and essential qualities…

You Draw the Line: Slacktivism Vs. Awareness Efforts

photo credit: rahego on flickr Slacktivism (slacker + activism) is a topic we've discussed before in our community. Wikipedia tells us, "The word [Slacktivist] is usually considered a pejorative term that describes "feel-good" measures, in support of an issue or social cause, that have little or no practical effect other than to make the person…

Health Communities and The Dreaded Echo Chamber

[caption id="attachment_1262" align="alignright" width="180" caption="When I say "echo", you say "echo.""][/caption] Last night, I participated in the Twitter X-treme Sport known as the Sunday night #HCSM chat. The topics were relevant to our community especially. Topic 2, for example, was: "What makes a health care web site credible? How can you tell? Does credibility matter anymore?" and a…

Follow (this Health Activist Endeavor) Friday!

Today I felt inspired by the popular Twitter hashtag extravaganza "Follow Friday" (#FF), where people suggest their favorite Twitter users every Friday. It's an easy feel-good way to promote the work of others. And it's great because it gives you new people to add to your feed! Well, I wanted to do our own version…
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