For the sake of keeping this short enough, I’m going to assume that you’ve registered on facebook.com and have gone through their quick setup process. For help getting started, follow facebook’s recommended setup steps and check out this 8 minute guide for new facebook users.
Congratulations, you are now part of the largest social network in the world!
Here’s some basic info about the human network you’ve just joined:
- Earlier this year, it was named #1 most visited website in the US (more than Google)
- Every month 30,000,000,000 pieces of information (links, pictures, videos, etc.) are shared by its 500+ million users
- People spend 700,000,000,000 minutes per month on facebook
That’s a lot of zeros!
During the sign-up process, you should have gone through facebook’s step by step guide to setup your profile and find your friends. Don’t worry if you don’t have many friends on facebook right away. Believe me, they will come. (An 80+ year-old relative of mine signed up a couple months ago and has at least 20 friends now on facebook)
Now let’s bring the professional side into it. I truly believe that facebook has the potential be a major force in supporting healthcare professionals to reduce burnout, share best practices, and get quick answers to issues. Using facebook as a tool, communities have formed to provide peer support and helpful Q&A.
Here are some of my personal favorite facebook communities:
- Facebook Association of Respiratory Therapists
- HIM Circle (For Health Information Management professionals)
- Clear Medical Network (A network for healthcare people, but I’m a bit biased on this one)
- Curbside Consult (For doctors)
- Nurse Circle (For nurses)
- Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA)
- American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE)
Specifically, notice how the first two groups have a lot of people answering the questions of their group members on their “Wall” tab. I would recommend using the search box on the top of the facebook screen to find other associations that you are a member of offline.
Next step? Jump in! Comment. Post questions. Help others. These communities are built on us, and they are at their best when you and I are sharing.
Have questions about facebook? Post questions you might have in the comment box below and I’ll see if I can help.
About the Author: Aaron lives in Milwaukee, WI with his wife and two children and is the President & CEO of Clear Medical Solutions. When he’s not leading new initiatives, he periodically takes on interim leadership or consulting projects. He also enjoys teaching, speaking, writing, and sharing his passion for people and their healthcare.