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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Facebook Friends with a Dying Patient (Via NYTimes)

If you want a better story about the potential for social media to be another tool for connecting people to each other, you won't have to look much further than Daniela Lamas' essay in the New York Times this past week.

As a medical resident she tells of a critically ill man using his laptop frequently in his ICU bed to update his Facebook status. Through a very simple exchange at the bedside, they became friends on Facebook, a new relationship which became much more complex.

The essay is short, but packs several difficult questions that Daniela elucidates very well in the essay. Read it and bring it to your team to see if they have had a similar experience. You may be surprised.

(Photo by Flickr user: brykmantra)

(By the way, I have started a new NYT label.  If anyone wants to help find all the NYT posts and help us label them, that would be great!)

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