Cancer and Web 2.0
Webicina.com is the world’s first and only free service that provides curated medical social media resources in over 80 medical topics in over 17 languages. Its mission is to let empowered patients and medical professionals access the most relevant social media content in their own languages on a customizable, easy-to-use platform for free.
It was co-founded by Dr. Bertalan Mesko, (@berci) the author of the award-winning medical blog, Scienceroll.com. Dr Mesko is also an internationally renowned speaker, health 2.0 consultant and innovator who helps physicians enter the social media era and empowered patients find medically reliable content online.
Why is curation in social media important?
People already know quality on medical websites is crucial, they are also now looking for curated medical resources in social media. Journeying Beyond Breast Cancer has evolved over the past three years from its original intent to describe my own experience of moving beyond breast cancer, towards this model of content curation with my weekly updates, guest posts and other resources.
What is Web 2.0?
A Web 2.0 site allows users to interact and collaborate with each other in a social media dialogue as creators of user-generated content in a virtual community, in contrast to websites where users are limited to the passive viewing of content that was created for them.
This description by crowdsourcing.org sums it up nicely for me:
The promise of Web 2.0 was simple, yet tall. The explosion of social media and the Web led us to believe in a world where people could converse, tell their stories, grow into communities and, in some sense, use this inter-connectedness to achieve greater democratisation of the Web.
I passionately believe that Web 2.o will (indeed it already is) play an even greater role in the future of medicine – how it is practiced and delivered and would love to hear your views on this too.