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Facebooks for doctors, lawyers and robots

Source: New York Times
February 6, 2012
Soon enough, everything may be part of a social network.

Suddenly, there are social networks for lots of professions. Among them are linkedFA , which brings together financial advisors, Spiceworks for information technology professionals, and practice fusion for doctors. There is even MyRobots, which bills itself as “a Facebook for robots.”

“In the same way humans benefit from socializing, collaborating and sharing,” the MyRobots Web site says, “robots can benefit from those interactions, too, by sharing their sensor information giving insight on their perspective of their current state.” One assumes doctors and I.T. pros are doing something like the same thing.

For humans at least, the professional social networks follow remarkably similar lines: the sponsoring company offers free software, like medical records management, or places where financial professionals can chat privately. Over time, the pros find value in exchanging insights and asking questions of each other, and the sponsoring company figures out ways to sell them stuff.

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