Social Media Frontiers

21/10/2014

Figure 1 - Instagram For Doctors

All The Doctors Will See You Now

The potential for social media as a professional attribute has been well-established, most notably by LinkedIn, but thus far it’s primarily served as little more than a digital meet-and-greet. There are plenty of industries which thrive on communication, from hushed tips between City traders to the hashing out of best routes between taxi drivers, but for the most part these happen offline in much the same way they have for time immemorial.

In no industry is the free flow of knowledge between members more essential, however, than with doctors: no one medical professional can know everything, and so they rely on informal chats and consulting with their peers to clear up mystery cases. The main problem with this is that, on the whole, individual doctors only really have access to fellow practitioners in their hospital or department.

Enter Figure 1.

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Source: betakit.com

Facebook Condemns DEA Agent For Impersonating Woman

Social Media Network Takes Official Stand

It had recently come to light that a DEA agent was impersonating a woman on Facebook, using her name and pictures to talk to criminals. Not only did the DEA agent put that woman's life in danger by conversing with known criminals under her name and without her knowledge, he also posted racy pictures of her from her phone without her consent. As soon as Sondra Price found out that her identity and pictures were being used without her knowledge, she sued the DEA agent for violation of privacy and putting her in danger.

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source: money.cnn.com

20/10/2014

Texan Tourist, Trapped In UK Bookstore, Saved By Twitter

Waterstones Under The Bridge

Occasionally, internet dwellers remind us that social media is more than just a tool to allow desperate trolls their fifteen tweets of infamy. Sometimes, we get lucky enough to hear about something that makes us smile - instead of just leaving us shaking our respective heads about the future of mankind. Today, I'm pleased to report on the internet's latest tale of feel-goodery, and it comes from the most unlikely of sources: an empty Waterstones store in central London. Or, at least, a central London Waterstones that should have been empty.


Mental Health Not Taken Seriously On Social Media?

Amanda Bynes' Struggle Highlights Worrying Trends

Reports are suggesting that Amanda Bynes is yet again in a California psychiatric facility against her will, and the whole world knows about it due to the exposure of this troubled young woman. Social media exploded when the news was released, but are the responses sympathetic, and is the media doing enough to inform the masses that mental health is a serious issue?

Source: thelawyermichigan.com

Facebook And Apple Will Pay For Their Female Employee's Eggs To Be Frozen

Tech Companies Trying To Attract More Female Workers

Apple and Facebook, along with  most tech companies, have a big gender imbalance. Apple reports that 70% of their employees are males and for Facebook it’s 69% male. In order to rectify this enormous imbalance, Facebook and Apple offer their female employees some advantages. Facebook will, for instance, give their employees having babies $4,000 in ‘baby cash’. Apple even covers up to $15,000 in fertility treatments. However, this hasn't been enough to attract more female employees and, in order to do so, Facebook and Apple will cover expenses for their female employees to have their eggs frozen.

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source: biopoliticaltimes.org

A Third Of Teenagers In The UK Meet ‘Social Media’ Friends In Person

Teenagers Taking Huge Risks Online

Despite many so-called experts declaring that it is impossible to verify the identity of anyone online, one third of 15 to 18-year-olds in the United Kingdom have met a person in real life that they have become acquainted with in the virtual life.

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Source: vocus.com

17/10/2014

Pay By Tweet Service Begins In France

Good News For Those French Bankers

French tech-lovers received some interesting news at a banking press conference in Paris on Tuesday (gutted I missed it). Group BPCE, apparently one of the larger banks in the land of the franc, took to the stage to announce a new service that allowed its customers to use Twitter to send money directly to their favourite conglomerates and friends (and enemies, I guess).

The service is already public, and comes in the form of a mobile app called S-Money.

While online money sharing services are a deutsche mark a dozen (wordplay that would work far better if this was relevant to Germany, so use your imagination), the interesting thing about paying by tweet is how public the process suddenly becomes; when you settle debts through Twitter, you're not just transferring money, but also broadcasting to your followers that you've shared it.
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source: zdnet.com