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Face Time with Facebook

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This week, we’re continuing our series about social networking sites . Today we’re focusing on Facebook . To learn more about how we might use Facebook in the fight against HIV/AIDS, we spoke to Shaun Whybark from the Columbus AIDS Task Force , and Dmitriy Kruglyak from TrustedMD . What is Facebook? Facebook, like most…

Should MySpace be Your Space?

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This week’s post is the first of a series that will focus on social networking sites (SNS). We’ll begin with MySpace . What are Social Networking Sites? SNSs are online communities that give you opportunities to connect with, or provide resources to, clients, colleagues, family and friends who share common interests. When you join an…

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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Today, March 10, is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. What you can do: get tested for HIV – find a testing center near you by visiting www.hivtest.org or by texting your zip code to KNOWIT (566948) practice safe methods to prevent HIV decide not to engage in high-risk behaviors talk about HIV prevention…

Texting 4 Health (Part 2 of “R U Texting?”)

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Today’s post is a follow-up to our initial post on text messaging (also known as "texting"). We’re straying from our usual format, in order to share with you some highlights from last week’s Texting4Health Conference at Stanford University . Two members of the AIDS.gov team went to Texting4Health to learn from, and talk with, some…

Taking Our Own Advice: Usability in Practice

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We have completed a number of usability assessments for the AIDS.gov website. However, when we were writing our latest blog post about usability, we realized we neglected to check in with our readers on the blog site. We had not assessed the usability of our own blog. Yikes! But the great thing about a blog…

Usability – Websites and Beyond

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We designed AIDS.gov knowing that visitors only spend up to 30 seconds scanning a webpage. People look for trustworthy, updated, and easy-to-read information. If they can’t find it, they leave the page quickly. Question: So how do we provide our users with what they want and in the way they want it? Answer: Ask them!

Wiki – What?!

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"A ‘wiki’ is a webpage with an edit button*" The AIDS.gov team loves wikis—but we aren’t so crazy about the term "wiki" itself. Why? Because we get blank stares when we tell others how wikis have made our lives easier. Many of our colleagues do not know what a wiki is—and neither did we, six…

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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Today is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. For more information, visit the HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Website.