I had some fun the other day exploring a new social media tool. It was called Blab. It’s kind of like a google hang out or Skype type of tool, but I like it, it seemed a bit more user-friendly & less prone to technical glitches. I was invited to try it out by a few people I’ve done tweet chats with, which I’m game for because I like exploring & learning about new social media tools.
The fun part was that we had people from all over the country & world participating. The tweet chat it was simulcast with (running at the same time) was #IrishMed, which is led by a great GP in Ireland, Liam Farrell. Once he found out I’ve done improv, he’s always trying to get me to write him material or to say something humorous (but I can’t be funny on command, yet).
Still, I enjoy giving him a bit of a friendly ribbing whether it’s in real-time video or in a tweet chat. The other two doctors who ran it I know from the Healthcare Leadership (#HCLDR) tweet chat, which I’ve talked about before (thanks Chuck & Jimmy for the invite).
Here’s a replay for those who are interested.
I’ve never been much for video to be honest, but I see Blab as being a great way to keep people engaged or to start new conversations.
I had a great time for someone who really doesn’t enjoy being on video based tools. I did get to engage with others I knew from the chat but had never met, which was awesome as well.
I think new social media tools like this could really help efforts on a nonprofit level of allowing people to participate who can’t attend conferences to talk & engage on topics or to participate in roundtables other than a standard conference call, podcast or audio archive, webcast, or just a streaming video option.
I think also there could be uses for telemedicine too, although I know there’s privacy issues surrounding that.
However, I’ve seen some basic video visits happen in one of my rare disease communities. I think that’s a great thing for a specialist you have to drive a distance to see. I hope telemedicine takes off, because I see real potential in it for people.
Overall, maybe at some point I’ll do my own blab on something. I could think of worse ways to kill a few minutes of time with other cool people.