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Beehive Model for Online Social Activity

Here is my latest poster as part of my PhD dissertation on breast cancer communication. It is a social online model that I am developing based on how bees work in a community. This is also based on the chart published by Business Week last year.

Here is what I’ve found so far:
People need to be motivated to share their bookmarks to benefit others to complete the cycle of gathering and sharing. For example, a woman with breast cancer gathers a lot of information online that helps her make better health decisions. She is motivated by needing that information to save her life. But that information is usually not shared efficiently, or at all.

If she has no simple way of sharing this information that she’s gathered, it only benefits her. Even if she is motivated to share her knowledge with others, she may not share it because she doesn’t know how. This could be easily remedied with an aggregator like Del.icio.us that was specifically for a breast cancer community. But for now, cross-pollination is only happening with the few and rare expert worker bees and Queens.

What if we could do more than share links, but categorized and searchable links through social bookmarking? Like with Deligoo or Simpy? And people could enter that breast cancer library through anyone’s blog widget? That’s what I’d like to do. So if you’re a programmer and this scratches an itch for you too, say hello. Or if this is already out there and I’m just in the dark, hey really say hello.

So until people are sharing their resources, not a lot of cross-pollination is going on and websites decay from inactivity and bees go hungry. That’s the theory anyway. I say let’s do more than fill our baskets, let’s share them.

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Top 20 Winners announced tomorrow!

Thanks to everyone for voting for my map mashup! The top 20 winners will be announced tomorrow morning at 9 PST. I’ll let you know what happens!

How to vote for breast cancer


I’ve made a mashup project for my phd breast cancer work and need votes to get it built by a group of geeks who feel democratic.

If you have 5 minutes to spend, I’d really appreciate it if you could take the time to vote for it before Friday afternoon, here’s the details:

Ok. Let’s rock the vote!

1. Please register and log in to the NetSquared site by Thursday, and pick a user name for a new account. They will email you a password. (don’t worry, they won’t spam you, these guys are good guys)
2. Registration has been automated for the duration of the voting process. If you did not receive a confirmation email, please check your junk mail.
3. Click the Projects link to review project proposals.
4. Click on my Worldwide Breast Cancer Map project in the list and click “add project to ballot” at the top of my project page.
5. You must choose at least 5 (and up to 10) of your favorite projects.
6. You may only vote once for a project.
7. Once you have chosen the 5 projects you want to vote for, please review your selection.
8. Submit your ballot to cast your final votes. Once you SUBMIT, that’s it!

They request that you vote for 5 projects. I think it is to help get more than one project to stand out. So, add 5 projects to your ballot and then submit them. The voting ends on Friday at 4pm Mountain Standard Time. There are some cool mashups out there!

Thanks! Email your friends and have them vote too! 🙂

NetSquared Mashup Challenge

It has been a busy few months…mostly because I’m getting married in a few weeks!…but I couldn’t pass up this opportunity to submit my breast cancer project to the Netsquared Mashup Challenge and ask for your feedback (and hopefully your vote!).