An estimated three million Canadians (Internet World Stats 2007)
visit a hugely popular social networking site, Facebook, on any
given day. This Web 2.0 universe was created just three years ago
and is today the most popular website among Canadians. While there,
users connect with people as friends or confidantes; they
participate in communities where members share similar concerns and
ambitions relating to politics, culture, art - and chronic illness.
As of August 2007, there were roughly 1,200 Facebook communities
advocating for cures for different chronic illnesses. The Canadian
Cancer Society's Facebook community included, as of the time of
this writing, 14,730 members from around the world; 3,732 Facebook
users had registered as members for the cause to find a cure for
Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
Source: Web 2.0 and Chronic Illness: New Horizons, New Opportunities
Date Published: January, 2008
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