The hot news right now is how Facebook – the social network, for those who don’t know – helped diagnose something called “Kawasaki Disease,” and has nothing to do with the famous motorcycle brand. That’s great – now, maybe Facebook can create a way to eliminate spam messages before they happen?
According to Slate and Deborah Copkaken Kogan, her 4-year-old boy had a rash that his school reported as strep. While at the hospital waiting for her son’s visit with the doctor to conclude, Kogan placed a note on Facebook, along with a photo of her son on the exam table.
She then shared her son’s progress, or lack of, with her Facebook Friends – only Max, her son, was getting worse. Two of Deborah’s Facebook Friends saw his condition and the listed symptoms, and called, explaining that she needed to get him back to the hospital ASAP, because Max has what her son had: Kawasaki Disease.
Kawasaki Disease is a rare condition described as involving inflammation of the blood vessels. It’s most common among Japanese and Korean children.
Social Networks Connect People
That such a story happened is not rare: that’s social networking at work. There may be someone with a similar story out there, as I blog this. But for those who don’t “get” what social networking is all about and can do, this is an instructive story.
Now, if Facebook could determine a way to eliminate fake messages before they happen, I’d pop open the bubbly!