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Mindy Nichamin

AIDS.gov New Media Coordinator 

1, 2, 3: Video Upload

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Video sharing remains a powerful tool for sharing health information. According to the Pew Internet & American Life Project , 71% of online Americans use video-sharing sites (such as YouTube and Vimeo). On YouTube alone, users upload more than 72 hours of video every minute. There are many different sites for uploading and sharing video,…

Tracking Your Health

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Whether it is getting your recommended daily intake of fruits and vegetables, or eight hours of sleep per night, or taking your HIV medication, the majority of Americans track their health habits. Personal data collection of health information, or self-tracking, enables consumers to be more conscious of their health behaviors, to track signs and symptoms,…

Social Networking in 2012

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Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project is an increasingly valuable resource to our work at AIDS.gov. Pew has been conducting surveys related to social media since 2005. Last week, Pew released data on the demographics of social network users , including gender, race, age, education, income, and urbanity. Social networks surveyed include Pinterest, Instagram,…

Storify: Curating Social Media for Worlds AIDS Day 2012

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On December 1, 2012, agencies across the U.S. Government joined together to observe World AIDS Day. To demonstrate the theme of “Working Together for an AIDS-Free Generation,” agencies used social media to share policy updates, release new data, promote HIV testing, and address HIV stigma. Social media moves fast, so you may have missed some…

“Prevention and Wellness Across the Life Span”: Highlights from the APHA Annual Meeting

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In late October, we joined more than 12,000 public health professionals at the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) 2012 Annual Meeting in San Francisco. The theme of this year’s meeting was “Prevention and Wellness Across the Life Span”, kicking off with an Opening Session  highlighting this theme. During the Opening Session, Dr. Reed Tuckson of…

Infographics: Applying Visual Design to Information

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How do you make data look good – and mean something too? Information graphics, or infographics as they’re commonly referred to, attempt to do just that: visualize data in an engaging way. Infographics turn numbers into pictures, or take select data and represent them in a way that is easy to understand and visually appealing….

Twitter on the Rise

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Twitter Usage Over Time

Last week, the Pew Internet & American Life Project released the 2012 version of their annual report on Twitter use.  As soon as I read the news about the report (via Twitter!), I shared it with the rest of the the AIDS.gov team, released an AIDS.gov tweet about it, and decided to write this blog…

The New Facebook Timeline: A Tool in Response to HIV

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It’s estimated that 96% of Facebook users never revisit fan pages once they hit the “like” button. We at AIDS.gov hope this changes with the new features of the Facebook timeline for Facebook Pages. Three months ago, Facebook announced that Facebook Page owners had a month to update their profiles to the new timeline format…