My husband fowarded me this interesting graphic.
Image Source: Spina Bifida Info.com
Some of my thoughts on the graphic:
63% of doctors are using mobile devices that aren’t connected to their practice! 79% prefer the iPad and 75% have purchased an Apple device. Another 38% plan to purchase an iPad in the coming year. Finally with 86% of physicians wanting to use their mobile devices to EMRs, hospital IT departments Needto get on the ball and deal with iPads and iPhones in their institutions. Clearly they make think it is a personal device, but the graphic clearly shows that doctors think it is more than a personal device, are using it in their medical practice.
All of that information also means that librairans and library vendors need to make sure their electronic resources are accessible on the iPad. That means no Flash. It also might mean other formatting issues like reduce the need to scroll. It is a lot easier to scroll with a mouse than to flick scroll with your fingers. Even if publishers/vendors adhere to the no Flash rule, there are still ways to build interactivity into the material and have high resolution pictures, videos, sounds, etc. I know a doctor who used his iPad to access a video on WebMD to show at the patient’s bedside what their surgical procedure would be. Give electronic resources dimension, but make sure it can be accessible on the dominant platform, which appears to be the iPad (if this graphic is correct).
Interesting that despite the growth and popularity of the Android phone in the consumer market, it seems their tablet is much less popular because only 9% of physicians would want an Android model. Like I said interesting the difference between the phone and tablet market.
Librarians interested in medical apps should take note of the four relatively inexpensive (if you don’t count the camera attachment) medical apps that doctors are using on their devices.
Finally, I find it very interesting that with all the press that Sermo and other closed social networking sites have gotten that “physicians prefer open forums over physician only online communities.” So it looks like closed sites are not the answer. Perhaps something like Google+ which allows people to share in an open forum but also selectively restrict things to specific people/circles might become more popular among medical professionals.
One statistic I find suspect is the one stating 2/3 of the doctors are using social media for professional purposes. What social media and how? I find it hard to believe that 2/3 of the doctors are on FB (Sermo, LinkedIn, etc.) for professional purposes. If it means that 2/3 of the doctors are using some form of social media for professional purposes such as reading blogs and wikis, then I totally can see that statistic. I would like to see how that question was worded because if it asked them what of the following things have you done professionally and it listed read a blog, read a wiki page, use FB professionally, tweet a conference, tweet professionally, etc. I can totally seeing that kind of question skewing things. They may be using it professionally, i.e. reading a blog post, but they may not be participating for professional reasons i.e. tweeting a conference.
I hope you find the graphic as interesting as I do. Thanks Mike for passing it along to me.
I knew it was only a matter of time before the widget makers would make a widget for blogs that would add Google+ features to blog software.
I have not added the features myself. I have been testing off and on various blog skins that provide me with different looks and functionality. I have no doubt that I will add the G+ functionality in the future, but right now I am waiting a bit. I am waiting for several reasons. I am still trying to find a specfic look for my blog and I am more focused on that then whether it already can support G+. I figure most skins eventually will support G+ so if I find the one I like now, I will pounce on it regardless of its Google widget availability. I am also waiting for there to be more G+ widgets and to see what people have done to improve things. Google+ is still very new, so there are only a few widgets out there, I am going to wait to see what cool things come out after people have had time to create some things.
However, if you are happy with the way your blog looks and performs and you want to add a little G+ functionality to it, check out Mashable’s article “How to Integrate Google+ Into Your WordPress Site.” They discuss adding your profile information (good if your blog is personal, because G+ is still only for personal reasons not companies, libraries, brands, etc.). They also discuss adding the +1 button and Google inspired themes.
Regardless of whether you are going to add a G+ widget right away, it is interesting to see what people are doing already incorporate it in blogs. Now if we can get Google to think outside of the Chrome box.
I am on Google+ and I am not sure if I like it. I am sporadically kicking the tires, testing it out.
Here are some reasons I like it:
- I like having everything Google together. Iam not sure if I like how it brings up another window when I click the links to my email, calendar, docs, etc. on the Google bar, but I am not sure what work better.
- I like the idea of Hangout, but I can only use it at home because it requires me to install a Google plugin and I don’t have a microphone or camera on my work computer. I can see it being used for web conferencing and other professional things. I tried Hangout one weekend but nobody in my Circles were hanging out so I really couldn’t test it. I think I would Hangout more if I could do it on my phone. I would also like to know if I could Hangout with people outside of my circle. For example, I would like to attend topical Hangouts but I may not want to add those people to my circles.
- Setting up your circles is much more intuitive and easier than setting up friend lists in Facebook. It is really easy to do, you can click multiple people, drag and drop and easily create new circles. The Facebook friends lists were always something sort of hidden.
- Posts, it automatically and easily asks you who (which circles) you want your wall posts to be seen by. In Facebook you have to play around with the post defaults and friend lists and remember to hit the arrow to change things when you don’t want a wall post to be seen by your default group.
Some of the things I don’t like:
- Not enough people. Yeah all of my geek friends are on it, but nobody else. One family member is on it but he is always playing with cutting edge stuff. So in order to share things online with family and friends, I still have to go onto Facebook since the majority of my non-geek friends are not on G+. I don’t like going to different places to share information (one reason I am rarely on LinkedIn), so I don’t see myself using it until/unless more of my regular friends join.
- +1 button is confusing, until you know it is just Google’s version of Like. After that it is just as boring as the Like button. I would have liked it if you could hit the +1 button and then comment on the item or person’s comment.
- Blog integration? Since you are reading this you already know I write a blog. A few sentences of the post and its link go up on my Krafty Librarian FB page (not my personal FB site) directing people (primarily librarians) to my latest blog post. If I can’t integrate blog feeds into my G+ wall then it is pointless for me to use G+. However, it is still too early to tell if this will be possible in the future. I am sure there are WordPress geeks working all types of widgets for G+.
- Twitter integration? Every wall post (including blog posts) on my Krafty Librarian FB page is then sent out via Twitter. This increases the abilty to share information. Again without this ability G+ is not worth it. I am told you can integrate Twitter and G+ if you use Google’s Chrome browser. Yeah, I don’t use Chrome at all. I really hope Google doesn’t limit innovation specifically to Chrome because that will kill G+.
- RSS feeds. I still need to got to at least two sites to stay on top and share information. I grab all of my feeds using Netvibes. Netvibes allows me to follow ANYTHING that has an RSS feed. That means I can follow Twitter feeds, blog posts, news feeds, flickr, search feeds (web and database), etc. Basically Netvibes is my one stop shop for finding information. It is my morning newspaper. I can also share things on Twitter, FB, and email through Netvibes. However, to get the whole picture I really have to jump back and forth between Netvibes and FB or Twitter. If G+ could somehow incorporate RSS feeds so I don’t have to bounce between sites, that would be a huge help. I know Google Reader is accessible from the top tool bar when I am logged in and I when I went into it, I tried to share a story. It looked like it worked but nothing showed up on G+ so I have no idea if I shared that story and if so where. Perhaps I something is wrong with my settings.
As I said, I am still playing around with G+ bit by bit. In the mean time I thought I would share two other people’s opinions on G+. John Halamka likes G+ better than Facebook, he finds FB’s interface to be cumbersome. Daniel Hooker shares a funny cartoon about G+ and FB and also describes his surprise at re-sharing through G+ and how you might want to disable re-shares.
They are saying G+ is the Twitter or Facebook killer. But right now it is all about people. While G+ has grown quite quickly, the people still aren’t there yet. If you don’t get a critical mass of people, then FB is going to remain the place to be. In the mean time, I am continuing to play with G+ and will write more as I learn more. If you have any ideas about it or if I am missing something or doing something wrong please comment or leave a post on G+ or FB.
Last week while I was on vacation Google+ seemed to have exploded on the social networking scene. This also just happened to be the first almost entirely Internet free vacation I had in a looong time. I was on a Caribbean cruise and the .65 cents/minute of Internet time on the ship, the international roaming and data fees from AT&T, and the overall glacial pace of the network caused me to turn off my iPhone and lock it in the room safe. It was definitely relaxing to be off the grid, but coming back I was hit with the tsunami of information. Email, RSS feeds, Facebook, Twitter, etc. all were full to the brim with information. One of those things was Google+.
Thankfully, Neil Mehta has been looking at Google+ in the area of Medical Education.
His first post Google+ Early Impressions – Lots to Like – A Few Things to Tweak he kicks the tires on Google+ to give his first impressions on it. Like Neil, I like the Hangout feature and the idea of tying all things Google together.
He also has a nice post that explains the concept of Google Circles a little bit more. In his post Google+ Circles Simplified Neil thinks we need 2 sets of circles, one to filter the posts and the other share information. He also links to other helpful posts about Google+ circles. Then he provides another post on A 2 circle Google+ Migration Strategy for Newbies that might help those thinking about their circles.
Finally his post Educational Applications of Google+ Hangout discusses how to use that feature in medical education with posting questions on Twitter for people to discuss in a Hangout session, create hypothetical video cases to launch and watch as a group in Hangout, and it could be used to discuss topics in Hangout then record the session and upload to YouTube to share with more viewers.
Within the next few days, once I shake the sand out of my brain, I will start playing with Google+ and hopefully come up with some insights on use in medical libraries.
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What we do online is normal to us, when we are online. Take our online activities, sayings, and behavior and move that to every day non-online life and all of a sudden showing your marital status to people and following them becomes very weird very fast.
So if you want a good laugh this Friday check out ENO’s viral YouTube video intended to promote Nico Muhly’s opera Two Boys. The viral video makes fun of how what we do on Facebook and Twitter and is quite funny. (It also has nothing to do with the very dark opera it is trying to promote.)
If you can’t access YouTube you might try and watch it at the Two Boys Opera website just click on “Can I Be Your Friend” and enjoy. The other link the trailer for the opera which looks interesting, but it is very dark and not what I would classify as Friday Fun.
If you enjoy ENO’s viral video then you will also like this oldie but goodie video, Facebook in Reality.
I don’t use my LinkedIn account as much as I probably should. I am sure I am missing out on something, but quite frankly it doesn’t draw and engage me like Facebook or Twitter. Who knows maybe a year from now I will be saying “Oh Facebook and Twitter those are soooo 2011. The new whatcha-madoodle plugin or enhancements have made LinkedIn my new must use tool.” But one of the things I like about LinkedIn are its discussion within groups. I get nice little emails informing me of a new post to the discussion. I can’t explain really why I like the discussion groups in LinkedIn and how I find them different than Facebook conversations. I just do.
I am signed up to multiple groups in LinkedIn most for personal interest like U.S. Masters Swimming and St. Louis Cardinals Fans. I am a member of the Medical Library Association group, but ironically most of the groups I belong to on the “professional” social networking site are personal. Some of the groups are a little more chatty than others but I guess one of the reasons I like the discussion part of it more than Facebook is that the chatter tends to remain on topic and even the chattiest of my groups isn’t nearly as busy as Facebook (at least in my groups).
The Medical Library Association group is not chatty at all. In fact I think it is more of a gathering of medical librarians instead of a group discussing things (that is much the same on their Facebook page). Perhaps that is because we medical librarians still do most of our chatting on Medlib-l.
As new topics and trends come to light, groups often emerge from them. The latest one to emerge that might be of interest to librarians is the Career Sustainability group. It appears their are two Career Sustainability group, this one is for librarians and was created by Deb Hunt.
About the group:
I see my colleagues struggling with layoffs and job insecurity. Yet there are vast opportunities for information professionals and I want to see us benefit from those opportunities.
We must add flexibility, insight, and recognition of opportunity to our essential core skills! We need to move outside our comfort zone and reflect on our accomplishments so we can communicate them to current, future and prospective employers or clients. Else, how will they know what we can do and what we bring to the table?
It is a new group but it already has a lively discussion regarding tips people can share on keeping your career sustainable. While I haven’t chimed in yet, I enjoy reading the responses. I hope the group continues to grow and discuss things. If you are on LinkedIn or are thinking of joining it, ou might want to consider joining the Career Sust
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This just in on the Onion News Network, “Facebook Program Drastically Cuts Agency’s Costs.” You all know Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook, but did you know he was really a CIA agent, code named The Overlord?
“After years of secretly monitoring the public, we were astounded so many people would willing publicize where they live, their religious and political views, alphabetized list of all their friends, personal email addresses, phone numbers, hundreds of photos of themselves, and even status updates of what they were doing moment to moment. It is truly a dream come true for the CIA.”
This is one of my favorite Onion reports. Watch it and get a good laugh, especially about what they say about Farmville and FourSquare. Personally I think Angry Birds was more effective at pacifying Americans during the recession, but who is to argue with the CIA statistics.
Eric Rumsey recently RT’d on Twitter “11 Must Know Tips and Tricks for Twitter.” I have been on Twitter for a while and I learned a lot of things from this article. Some of the things on the article are more organizations interested in the impact of their tweets and metrics of those who follow or unfollow (good if you are running a library account). There were a few other tips that are good for individual Twitterers like:
- Advance Search on TweetDeck (right up librarian searchy mentalities)
- Tweetcaster for Android users
- Share Flickr photos on Twitter using Fick to Twitt
- Find trending topics
- Find deals/coupons on Twitter
- Browse your Twitter friends
This list, plus the fact that MLA is only a week away, gave me the idea to come up with a few “must know” Twitter tips for MLA people.
Check your Settings!!
The most common questions I get from people are: “Why aren’t my tweets showing up in the hashtag stream?” “Why didn’t you see my tweet?” The reason is most likely because you checked the privacy box, which makes your tweets only viewable to people who follow you. The privacy box is a great way to keep your tweets private, but if you keep it checked you aren’t going to be able to effectively participate in the #mlanet11 discussions because we won’t be able to see your tweets!
Consider a third party Twitter application
Twitter page itself can be a little limited, in fact most of the things that we all know and associate with Twitter like #hashtags and @’s (replying to somebody like @krafty), were created and adopted by users, not Twitter. I feel Twitter has been slow to exploit these helpful symbols and functions and their “new and improved” site still does a poor job of dealing with them. TweetDeck and HootSuite do a MUCH better job. TweetDeck and HootSuite at first blush look intimidating with its multiple column format. But once you get used to it, it is extremely useful and easy to follow. You can set a column just to be following tweets with the #mlanet11 hashtag. TweetDeck is an app that is installed on a computer or your smartphone. Hootsuite is hosted on the web, making installation on the computer unnecessary. Hootsuite does have an iPhone app as well. I primarily use TweetDeck but I also have a Hootsuite account so I can check tweets (without going to the crummy Twitter site) on computers other than my own.
Take a look here to see some of my columns on TweetDeck and how I can monitor All Friends, Mentions (people who @ or RT me), and #mlanet11.
Know and use the hashtags
Your tweets won’t get picked up and seen as easily (thus limiting your conversation) if you forget to use the hashtags. The hastag for the conference is #mlanet11. Others you might be interested in are: #mlattt (MLA Tech Trends program) and #medlibs (tweets of interest to medical librarians).
*If anybody has any other hashtags that are used a lot in the medical library world or for this conference, please list them in the comments.
It may get a little tiring to constantly remember to use the hashtag, this is where a third party Twitter app may come in handy. I know in TweetDeck if you click on the # symbol just below the text box, you can select and use a recent hashtag for your tweet instead of typing it out each time. This is also possible on TweetDeck’s iPhone app. Now you have to have used the hashtag a few times for it to get in the list but once you do, it is there and it is a lot easier to tap or click on it rather than typing it out each time.
Observe and experiment EARLY
If you haven’t signed up with Twitter but plan to tweet at the conference, or at least lurk on Twitter and view the conference tweets, then start early. It isn’t hard to tweet, but you will find you get more comfortable participating by watching and responding to people before the conference starts. Use this week to find your twitter legs. It takes some practice getting used to sending messages in under 140 characters (including the hashtag). If you use this time to practice reading and sending out some tweets you will feel a little more comfortable about participating during the conference. Don’t worry if you make mistakes, many librarians on the Twittersphere are more than willing to help you out and get you in the tweeting scheme of things in no time.
I can’t tell you how you will use Twitter. Only through observation and experimentation will you begin to understand how it can fit in your life. It is an evolutionary communication process (see the picture below). I don’t mean to say that Twitter is the next step up on the communicating evolutionary train. I mean to communicate effectively within Twitter, it is a process that you evolve within. For example you will find it hard to state things in less than 140 characters (everybody does at first) and you might send multiple tweets to get your point across. Eventually you will learn and your tweets will evolve to where you are able to communicate a lot of things in 140 characters.
This is probably the most important tip. Use the conference as a perfect opportunity to try out a new tool in a fun way. Remember for those of you who took the MLA Twitter Tutorial, you get a free drink ticket for the TweetUp. That is what I call fun.
The MLA’11 folks have big plans for Twitter this year. At Annual Conference Twitter will be used to help create discussion, to connect with colleagues, and to facilitate in-person meetings. MLA’s “Rethink Conversations” process will offer display monitors that are strategically placed around the convention center so that attendees can watch and respond to live conversations. The committee is even hosting three specific ReThink Conversations Sunday-Tuesday 10:00-10:30am (following the Presidential Address, Doe Lecture, and MLA ’12 Invitation).
Tweets can be made using a mobile device, laptop, or a computer in the Internet Café. In order to get to know your fellow Twitteres (since Twitter usernames do not always reveal the identity of tweet authors) there will be a “Tweetup” event on Tuesday, May 17th, from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. At a Tweetup, you can meet other MLA Twitteres in person.
New to Twitter? Not a problem. A special Twitter Tutorial has been created to help get you started. Attendees (Twitter newbies or old pros) who complete the MLA-sponsored Twitter tutorialby April 29th will receive a free drink ticket at the Tweetup. Even if you are not new to Twitter, complete the tutorial and get a free drink!
You must complete the tutorial by the end of April 29th.
The tutorial is pretty straight forward. But if you have questions you can email the MLA Twitter Tutorial folks (listed in orange square on the first page of the tutorial). You can also follow me at krafty and direct message me if you have questions.
DON’T FORGET! If you want to participate in MLA’s twitter conversations:
- Make sure you uncheck the “protect my tweets” box or else your tweets will not be seen by others tweeting at MLA.
- Use the #mlanet11 hashtag so everbody can follow the tweets better
I find Twitter’s site clunky for tweeting a lot. If you think it is too you might try TweetDeck on your laptop or smartphone to help manage the conversations. TweetDeck is a third party application that you can install on your laptop or smartphone. I like it a lot. If you know you will be bouncing around on computers (using the Internet Cafe) to tweet, you might consider using Hootsuite. It is a web based application that doesn’t need to be installed and structured similarly to TweetDeck.
According the article “Scientists & Social Media” in Lab Manager Magazine, a survey 200 lab managers revealed that most of these scientists didn’t use social media for work. Yet they are some of the exact types of people who should.
“Laboratories are at the forefront of research and analysis. But when it comes to communication, they are followers rather than leaders and can be very slow to adopt innovations.”
The article states the three most popular reasons for not using social networking resources are:
- Blurred boundaries between private and business life
- Loss of productivity
- Fear that confidential information will be leaked
It seems as if the scientists are thinking more that the tool (social networking sites) are the problem not the behavior of the person using the tool. A person can blur their personal boundaries, waste time, and leak key secrets all without using a social networking resource because people use phones, email, and talk all the time. Lab Manager Magazine further explains this idea by saying, “Let us remember that these issues have little or nothing to do with the resources; they have to do with the people who use them. The opinions expressed by an individual can reflect badly on the organization but this risk is not confined to Twitter or Facebook; it applies equally to e-mail correspondence, phone calls, conversations at social events, and so forth. To paraphrase, it is not the gun that kills, but the person who pulls the trigger. We must step into the social media world and embrace the opportunities, but we must also manage the risks.”
For example, the famous or infamous social networking site WikiLeaks known for exposing various government secrets gets its information from submissions, not from people logging on and using the wiki. So that confidential information while displayed on the social sharing site of a wiki was most likely submitted by email.
With all the misgivings some scientists have over social media, it is inevitable that they will use it (or whatever it evolves into) in the future. If you have some doubters in your institutions, check out the article’s list of reasons for using social media in the lab.
As I have said many times when I speak on the subject of social media, the phone was once a new technology not everybody had one and they didn’t understand why you needed to have one. It was an expensive luxury. I wonder how those people would think about society’s need for cell phones. Email was once a new technology and doctors and scientists struggled over communicating appropriately through it. It is so ingrained in our society that our phones now get email. To quote the Borg, “Resistance if futile.” Society and communication methods evolve, and it looks like this is just another way it is evolving.