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S Sethi. Online Radiology Communities and Networking. The Internet Journal of Radiology. 2009 Volume 11 Number 2.
Human beings are social animals. By definition ‘Social’ refers to a characteristic of humans. It refers to the interaction of person with other persons and to their collective co-existence, irrespective of whether they are aware of it or not, and whether the interaction is voluntary or involuntary. It would not be an exaggregation if we label the current era as the internet era. From emails to online shopping to films to medicine to politics, there is no field today that is untouched by Internet.
A sense of community is an essential need of ours; however, in our current busy schedules actual personal interactions have become more or less diminshed. Online social communities have made it easier for us to connect to, and stay in touch with people who are either important to us or share similar experiences to ours, or both. Popular examples are Orkut (http://www.orkut.com ) , Facebook (http://www.facebook.com), blogging software like Blogger (http://www.blogger.com), Wordpress (http://www.wordpress.com), networking sites like LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com) , Ning (http://www.ning.com), wiki (http://www.wikipedia.com) etc
We all agree that the internet is changing medicine. Amongst the current trends the current buzz word in the dictionary of World Wide Web is Web 2.0. According to
Today’s Radiologist although often talked about otherwise by the other clinical colleagues is aware of this need to socilaize and the following discussion will highlight some websites and attempts of a radiologist to socialize in the this era of internet.
In order to participate in most communities, there is a need to create your own login name and password. This is necessary because there must be a way to indentify you if you write on a discussion board, or send short intranetwork messages to other users, and most communities also allow you to start your own blog within that particular community which also has to be connected to at least a login name.
What can be accomplished in social community sites?
Few popular examples of Online radiology communities are-
A new area of promise is blogging. A blog available at http://www.indianradiology.com/ or alternatively at http://www.sumerdoc.blogspot.com/ was created by this author in 2004 to post interesting cases from routine practice along with any interesting abstracts from day-to-day work (Fig. 1). A few cases were put up as image quizzes too. [2, 3]
The success of ‘‘rad-blogging,’‘ in Indianradiology.com, is manifold. More than 3 lakh visitors eyeball the site from all over the world, with numerous queries from patients, colleagues, and many interested medical students.
Latest to join to the radiology networking sites is “Radiolopolis” : The Radiology community for education and research!.
Micro-blogging is the new buzz word and gained into prominence by the way it was used by Presidential elections of USA and is defined as
Social networking allows sharing knowledge simply and fast. In radiology, there has been a growing trend in emergence of online Radiology community networks, which is now an integral part of Radiology Web version 2.0. There are various packages available for assisting in blogging and networking in Web 2.0 and these are mostly free or at a low cost to individual users. These new tools facilitating online social networking ensure that there is no software to learn or download, and there are no requirements for membership to become an editor. This is only a beginning of