Dr Facebook will see you soon

3 October 2014

stressed-doctor Facebook have been nosy enough as it is, so why not let it know about your health now too? According to reports, Facebook are looking into getting into Health Care.

The social network is exploring creating online "support communities" that would connect Facebook users suffering from various ailments. A small team is also considering new "preventative care" applications that would help people improve their lifestyles.

This will work well then. A sort-of social network equivalent of putting a symptom into Google and finding out you have minutes to live and will dissolve into a fleshy moss.

Healthcare has historically been an area of interest for Facebook - mainly updates of "I'm not well" - but it has taken a backseat to more pressing products.

Somehow, Facebook noticed that people were searching the site for advice about diabetes. BECAUSE YES YOU GO TO FACEBOOK FIRST. But this appears to be the future, as people are increasingly going a bit TMI on networks.

Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg may step up his personal involvement in health. Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan, a pediatric resident at University of California San Francisco, recently donated $5 million to the Ravenswood Health Center in East Palo Alto.

It remains unclear whether Facebook will moderate or curate the content shared in the support communities, or bring in outside medical experts to provide context.

TOPICS:   Social Media   Health

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