Becoming a Mayo Clinic “Fan” on Facebook

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Facebook is the world’s largest and fastest-growing social networking site, with more than 150 million active users. While it started on college campuses, it’s now open to anyone over 13 with an email address.

We created a so-called “fan” page for Mayo Clinic on Facebook about a year ago, to provide information about Mayo and also to give Mayo patients and their families an opportunity to tell their stories and connect with each other and with Mayo Clinic staff.

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You can see parts of the Mayo Clinic page even if you don’t have a personal profile on Facebook, but if you are in Facebook we hope you’ll become a Mayo Clinic fan.

After you join, you can write on the Mayo “Wall” or participate in the Discussion Board, or if you’re really technically adept you can even upload your own “fan” video.

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7 Responses to “Becoming a Mayo Clinic “Fan” on Facebook”

  1. Natalie Kolok Says:

    My husband and I are parents of two children with type 1. Our daughter was diagnosed in 2005. We decided to adopt our son who was in foster care at the time and also has with type 1. They are both 9 now and about a month apart. Life is very full and busy. (we also have a teenager :).
    We created a website offering support to other parents going through the days and nights of diabetes. http://www.parentingdiabetickids.com.
    Check out our story!

  2. Bill Johnson Says:

    I never would have thought of that

  3. 10 Ways You Can Use Mayo Clinic’s Social Media Tools « Sharing Mayo Clinic Says:

    […] a Mayo Clinic “fan” on Facebook. This post provides more […]

  4. Linda Hageman RN Says:

    I will be at Mayo Clinic starting on Monday. I will probably be there for about 10 days to get all of the testing I need done for a 3 mo checkup after having my pancreas removed and having Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia. While there I will be getting medical information to post on our web site and speaking to severely physicians who have treated me for this very difficult disease. I love Mayo Clinic because everyone is so very caring and try to help you in any way that they can. The physicians are not hurried and will take the time to answer questions and concerns you may have. I feel like I am visiting a family who has my best quality of life as a goal. I was told by the endocrinologist in my home area that I would never be able to have good contron with my type of diabetes, but I have found going to the specialist at Mayo clinic that indeed my diabetes is in better control. Mayo Clinic has enabled me to live a relitively normal life and I am so greatful for their care and understanding.

  5. Tom Says:

    What influenced Mayo to use a Fan Page vs. a Non-Profit Group, Cause or “Friend” Page (though the Facebook Terms of Use seem to forbid organizational use of Personal/Individual Pages.)

    Are you able to share any view or traffic information for the Facebook Mayo Fan page? What sidebar topics generate the most views? Podcasts? Healthcare information? News?

    • Lee Aase Says:

      We chose the Fan page because that was the vehicle Facebook established for organizations. That said, we may yet explore creating a Cause, since Mayo is a not-for-profit organization and we do receive donations to support medical education and research. I can’t get into traffic figures, but we’ve been pleased to see steady growth in the number of fans, with more than 1,000 new Facebook fans since we started the Sharing Mayo Clinic blog last month.

  6. Sharing Sharing Mayo Clinic « Sharing Mayo Clinic Says:

    […] Please note that to use these sharing services, you need to have established an account. The good news is they’re all free. If you don’t have a Facebook account, see how you can join and become a Mayo Clinic “fan.” […]

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