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UCSF Connects with Patients, Donors Via Social Media

6 Jul

At the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), I developed and deployed one of the first uses of social media among academic medical institutions to drive clinical trials outreach and caregiver support. You can read the San Francisco Business Times article where I’m interviewed about my pioneering campaign here.

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8 Feb

Tweetie or TwitterFon: How do You Tweet on Your iPhone

8 Feb

Tweetie or TwitterFon: Which Twitter app do you use on your iPhone?  Please take my poll and I will report upon the results soon.

I am currently using Twitterific and find its functionality limiting.

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6 Feb

Mike Homer Has Died of CJD

1 Feb

I am sad to report that Internet industry legend Mike Homer has died today of CJD. This news was first reported this evening by Kara Swisher in her BoomTown blog. Kara writes:

We all liked Mike. In fact, we all loved the pugnacious, energetic and restlessly entrepreneurial Silicon Valley exec.

Sadly for those who knew him, Mike Homer died today at his home surrounded by family and friends, after a long battle with a severe illness. He was 50.

Homer is survived by his wife, Kristina, and three young children: James, Jack and Lucy.

His funeral is at Saint Raymond’s Catholic Church in Menlo Park on Thursday.

In 2007, Homer was diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

A rare, neurodegenerative “prion” disease, which in Homer’s case has occurred sporadically rather than via infection (the well-known variant that occurs in animals is called mad cow disease), CJD’s incidence is one case in a million annually, and few survive beyond a year after exhibiting symptoms.

His illness inspired his family and many friends to find treatments and a cure for the cruel disease and include the man–Dr. Stanley Prusiner–who won the Nobel Prize in 1997 for discovering prions, infectious agents that are at the heart of CJD.

Mike Homer was treated by specialists from UCSF. Homer’s fight made a tremendous impact on those who have been researching this devastating disease and raising public awareness about this and other forms of dementia.

Read about the Fight for Mike and Defeat Dementia campaigns here.

To learn more about current research and treatment options for CJD and other neurodegenerative diseases as well as how you can help, visit UCSF’s Memory and Aging Center’s CJD website or YouTube Channel.

The New Twhirl-Seesmic: Preview Release Invite

25 Jan

logoTwhirl is a desktop client for social software such as Twitter and  Friendfeed. Just this weekend, Loic Le Meur introduced a new preview version of Twhirl which includes Ping.fm and Seesmic video integration.It’s very cool. To get your beta invitation to this special preview, click here.

The following are a few of the new features of this new preview release:

Catch more tweets from people talking about you and then engage them:  your @username timeline displays all of the tweets that mention your username.

Post your messages from Twhirl to Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, WordPress and a other services: this is all done with Ping.fm integration; in addition you can now also send a video via Seesmic to all the social media nets you setup.

Record a video and reply to your friends straight from Twhirl: reply to any of your friends straight from Twhirl and follow the conversation–in real time.

Follow in near-real time any topic, brand or username with the new saved searches showing up in your main timeline: your friends tweets and saved searches appear in the same stream to make it all easy to follow.

Check out Robert Scoble’s interview with Loic — it’s an informative walk-through of Twhirl’s new features:

Sources: Loic Le Meur, Robert Scoble

Al-Jazeera – Growing Islamist Agenda

17 Jan

Since its launch in 1996, Al-Jazeera has been taking on an increasingly more Islamist agenda, according to Douglas Farah of The Counterterrorism Blog. This is particularly troublesome since so much of the Western media rely on this station to interpret news and events, such as the Hamas-Israel conflict. According to Farah, the station’s general manager may be the driving force behind this Islamist leaning, diminishing other voices which once had a stronger role.

The Nation reported on the station’s “Terror TV” trend in 2007. Kristen Gillespie, the author of the article describes Al-Jazeera’s programming as being comprised of newscasts, which tend to be fairly balanced; talk shows and related programs, to which viewers call in; documentaries; and reports from correspondents in the field. She says that it’s this last category where the reporting has frequently turned away from international standards of journalism and toward a sensationalistic and Islamist bias.

Farah concludes his article saying:

I am all for freedom of expression and the rights of others to get their message out. But I am also in favor of full disclosure of ownership and interests. Al-Jazeera is losing its right to claim to represent different voices, because the Islamist agenda has made it increasingly difficult for any other voices to be heard.

Agreed.

Interesting to note that last week Al-Jazeera ran an large ad in The New York Times, touting it’s journalistic integrity. Let’s see where this all goes.

Hat Tips: Counterterrorism Blog, The Nation

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