Using Social Networking Sites For Health Insurance

What is social Networking?

As paraphrased by the encyclopedia, social networking deals with the building of online communities. These online communities generally consist of individuals that share a common interest or activity and are interested in sharing that with others. Most social networks are web based and have several ways for individuals to interact.

Other forms of social networking have been around since personal computers began in the form of online bulletin boards (BBS’s) and forums. The unique thing about social networks today is that a network an individual belongs to can be made public to others. In other words, one individual can link his or her associates with another that can expose and share his or her associates.

List of social networking sites for health insurance

The advent of true networks began with a site called Six Degrees in 1997. Based on the theory of six degrees of separation, it linked users in a way we are familiar with today. Other major sites of this type include: My Space starting in 2003; LinkedIn starting in 2003; You Tube starting in 2005; Face Book starting in 2005; and Twitter starting in 2006. Although none of these is specifically designed for health insurance, you can find health and health insurance related information discussed within them.

Advantages of social networking sites for health insurance

Health reform is taking place now and people have lots of questions. The focus, now, is on fighting over what policies and options should be. But, as an expert in the field for many years I can tell you that regardless of the type of health reform that ends up being law, consumers will need to take more responsibility for their own care. I support reform and believe only good can come of it. But, currently, consumers have no idea of the knowledge they will need to posses to help get good care. This can be a major advantage for social networks. Consumers can learn and educate themselves through the experience of others. The information can be shared almost instantly. It could also be a form of informal health exchanges. The possibilities could be endless.

Disadvantages of social networking sites for health insurance

The main problem with passing information through social networks is that it is vulnerable to rumor and misinformation. This is true with the internet in general. Currently, few real experts actively participate in many of these networks and misinformation is often left un-challenged. Without proper education and knowledge, networking about health could be more trouble than it is worth.