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■ Tristan Gorrindo, M.D., and
Gabriel Robbins, AACAP staff
In this issue’s Mentorship Matters,
Tristan Gorrindo and Gabriel
Robbins tell us about the vast
potential of Facebook as this
becomes another venue for AACAP
activities, and they inform us about
safe ways to use this medium for
personal and professional use.
Daniel Lafleur, M.D.
Jerry M. Wiener Resident Member
of AACAP Council
Over the past few years, the social
networking Web site Facebook has
exploded in popularity. Even AACAP has
a Facebook page. But as with many new
technologies, increased interest has led
to increased scrutiny and a lot of unan-
swered questions. Is Facebook a force
for good or evil, and should you, as a
doctor or future doctor, be on it?
Here we take a closer look at five burn-
ing questions our members are asking.
1) What is Facebook?
Nothing exposes a generation gap quite
like new technology, and Facebook is no
different. Half of the people reading this
article will be quite happy to skip to
Question #2, but if you are one of the
many people who are still looking for
The Face Book on the shelves of your
local library, read on! In a profession that
works with children and teens, it is espe-
cially important to have the basics of
Facebook down – because your patients
do. Don’t worry. We are here to help.
so, what is it? Facebook is a type of
Web site known as a “social networking
site.” On this type of site, each person
has their own Web page to display their
personal information for others to see.
On your Web page, you can share basic
facts like your name and birthday, fun
trivia like your favorite movies and
quotes, photos, or just about anything
else you can think of (sometimes people
share too much – see below).
The power of Facebook, though, lies in
the connections between the pages.
Facebook is an online directory, and if
you can find your friends in the directo-
ry, you can ask them to link your page
to theirs (this is the story of how “friend”
became a verb).