Apparently, medical journals are starting to find their way onto the social networking site, Facebook. According to the The Wired Campus, a blog put out by the Chronicle of Higher Education, the The New England Journal of Medicine has decided to create a facebook page as a new way to get closer to their users. What other journals can you find in Facebook? Well, Wired says JAMA has created a facebook page as well as Science.
After reading the article in Wired, I decided to see for myself what sort of pages the journals were creating. I looked at pages for JAMA, AAS, and, of course, the New England Journal of Medicine. After looking at the JAMA Facebook page (look them up as “Journal of the American Medical Association”), I did not see a lot of value in the site. If you are on Facebook, you can become a fan, and maybe read about the journal, but that is all they have posted to date. Perhaps there is more to come later. As for Science magazine, all I could find for my searching efforts was a page for the company that produces the magazine, AAAS. The page did have a lot of interesting content, though. The New England Journal of Medicine site is pretty sparse and comprable to JAMA’s page. Under info, you can find a link to the journal’s website and wikipedia, but not much else.
I personally have not become a fan of any medical journals in Facebook. I was a little disappointed by the lack of content on their sites, but I will keep an eye on them to see if additional content turns up later. It would be nice to friend a journal if you would get a feed of new articles that were being published or if they would send out notices of some of the new cool things they are doing on the web (like NEJM: Videos in Clinical Medicine). When that happens, I’ll think more about becoming a fan or friending a journal.